Be Your Own Literary Agent and Get Published

So you're one of 20 million Americans who want to write a book. If you've already written a manuscript, chances are you're looking for agent representation. In the past few years, as an editor and literary consultant for www.TheOmnibus.org, I've had the opportunity to read more than 1,000 book proposals.... Read More

How to Catch the Writing Bug

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Keys to Characterisation

Far too many inexperienced writers create flat, stereotypical characters: the brave fireman, the damsel in distress, the strict schoolmistress. The best characters are those who evoke emotions within the reader ? fear, admiration, affection, laughter, horror? If the writer fails to make us care about the characters, no matter how... Read More

Balance Your Life

Balance your life ----------------------- Writing is a solitary task. Writing needs concentration and quiet.... Read More

Persisting With Bulldog Determination

Persisting With Bulldog Determination [Book excerpt from Successercising} by Rick Gettle 2003-2004Ninety-five percent of all new businesses go out of business within the first five years or less.Why Do They Fail?There are many starters in life - but very few finish what they start. When the going gets tough,... Read More

Want to start a publishing revolution?

Calling all publishers, editors, journalists and freelance writers. It's time to breathe more life into your copy. Turn your articles into living pieces that spark measurable debate, get closer to your readers and engage their mind andsoul - we're talking revolution. As it was in the beginning Publishers have... Read More

Writing About Writing

What am I going to write about?Which topic is the best?Who is going to be interested in my article? You can ask yourself endless questions on 'what' is going to be the subject of your article. Don't despair! This is not a problem . Any topic will do, and a... Read More

Hunting for Markets Over the Holidays

Chances are, you'll be busy over the next several weeks. Between preparing for, celebrating, and unwinding from the holidays it may be difficult to maintain your regular writing routine. And if researching potential homes for your work is part of that routine-as it is for many of us who regularly... Read More

Boost Your Income With Trade Journals

Why would anyone want to write for trade journals? Aren't the topics are dry? Don't they require specialized knowledge? Not necessarily. You may want to consider trade journals to increase the potential market for your articles ? and for the money. Trade publications make up a significant portion of the... Read More

Recipe for a Style Guide

Wired Online has recently announced its plans to drop capitalization in internet, web, and net, but Wired Magazine continues to capitalize these words. Which should you do? For the most part, it's up to you. To ensure consistency on such tricky words, most editors will have a style guide. ... Read More

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NPR (blog)

In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'
NPR (blog)
For many writers, a contract with one of the major publishing houses is the Holy Grail — and getting accepted to a prestigious Master of Fine Arts program may bring aspiring writers one step closer. But these elite writing programs have a history ...

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Can Writing Be Taught?
New York Times
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Rivka Galchen and Zoë Heller discuss whether writing can be taught. By Rivka Galchen. Is it somehow flattering to feel one's endeavor is more gift than labor, and ...


Building a Foundation for Writing Success
Reading Today Online
Great lessons in the classroom are taught, reviewed, and practiced and writing isn't the exception. Students need clear, concise directions for writing that are consistent and deliberate. When writing is taught in this manner, students can thrive ...


Honest Writing Is Funny Writing
The Atlantic
In the introduction, Wilsey cites as his heroes the novelist Thomas Pynchon and the great New Yorker profile writer Joseph Mitchell—here, the madcap, meta-textual antics of the former blend with the latter's brand of photographic portraiture. In an ...


Entrepreneur (blog)

5 Tips for Writing Faster and Better
Entrepreneur (blog)
Being an entrepreneur doesn't absolve you from having to write. Most small-business owners have a lot of writing to do. Whether it's composing great content for social media, blog posts, books or client presentations, writing comes into an entrepreneur ...

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Tom Hanks' Hanx Writer typewriter app is a surprisingly fun writing tool
tuaw.com
Hanx Writer's onscreen keyboard is fast and responsive, though the ideal experience comes when you pair it with a Bluetooth keyboard. If you're just looking for a writing tool that simulates the joys of using a typewriter, the free version is fun ...

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Vanity Fair

David Gregory's Ready to Speak at Your Event, and Is Reportedly Writing a Book
Vanity Fair
It also appears Gregory is writing a book, “to be published around Spring 2015.” But if you want to book the 43-year-old with—as his agency writes—“a great sense of humor,” you better act quickly: “Of course, I think it's safe to say you will ...

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Failure, Writing's Constant Companion
New York Times (blog)
Failure in writing is not like failure in business, where you lose money and have to fire everyone and remortgage your house. When you're a writer, most of the time, people don't depend on you to succeed. Although you may starve if your books don't ...


Hollywood.com

The Real Wolf of Wall Street Is Co-Writing a TV Show
TIME
The man behind the Academy Award winning movie The Wolf of Wall Street is co-writing a TV show based on the excesses of Wall Street in the 1980s. Jordan Belfort, the man on which the movie is based, is writing the show with Rush Hour director Brett ...
'Wolf Of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort Is Writing A TV Show About The Excess Of ...Business Insider
Jordan Belfort is writing a TV show about the excess of Wall StreetersDigitalJournal.com

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Wall Street Journal (blog)

Writing China: Jack Livings, 'The Dog'
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Jack Livings spent time in China as a student and an English teacher in the '90s. The American author recently published “The Dog,” his first collection of short stories, set in the contradictory landscape that is modern China. The stories touch on ...

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Whose Story Is It?

Whenever you sit down to plot a story (or even... Read More

Need a Book Coach, Ghost Writer, or Editor? Part 2

If you either want to write a book to help... Read More

9 More Writing Tips for Successful Email Marketing

A few months ago, I wrote a guide entitled: 101... Read More

How to Build A Success Freelance Career (Part 1)

In the current job market, many editorial workers have turned... Read More

Story Building with Imagination

In the words of Aristotle, "happiness is self contentedness helping... Read More

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If you are an aspiring writer, or you simply want... Read More

Go With The Flow: Write With Transition Words and Phrases

One of the most common weaknesses I see in day-to-day... Read More

Crime Writing Beckons

If your cash is running out fast and you have... Read More

10 Secrets For Writing Killer Complaint Letters

Complaint letters aren't always fun, but sometimes they need to... Read More

Permission NOT To Write

Quite a few years ago, I enrolled in a Degree... Read More

Get Your Writing Reviewed by Major Publications for Free

All Writers need the press, especially new writers. As a... Read More

How to Relax Your Writing

Q. My writing sounds stiff and stilted. Help!A. Memories of... Read More

7 Steps to Successful Publishing

The decision to publish a book is very exciting! It... Read More

Documenting Everything: Your Journal is Your Logbook

Sailors had it for years. Great explorers had it as... Read More

Getting the Story Down

Questions and answers on writing life experiences for ourselves and... Read More

Sharpen Your Writing With Structure

At some point, every serious writer is forced to sit... Read More

Writing Made Them Rich #1: JK Rowling

Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury,England in 1965.... Read More

The Author Within

Just about every marketer on the Internet claims to be... Read More

The Writers Identity: Exploring the Writer Within

Les Edgerton writes in his book, Finding Your Voice, that... Read More

Business Writing Tip: Question & Answer Format

Traditionally, business writing uses the "one thing after another" format,... Read More

How to Pitch a Story

Ever wonder why we refer to convincing an editor a... Read More

Seven Suggestions To Develop a Superb Writing Style

Every writer eventually develops her own unique style of writing.... Read More

The Work Flow Cycle of the Editorial Industry

As an editorial professional, I'm sure you're aware of the... Read More

How to Use Textpad to Write Articles Faster

It's a good idea to use TextPad because all opt-in... Read More

Apotheosis - the Seminal Insight of the Hero for Screenwriting

Every hero has a seminal insight - the apotheosis. Once... Read More