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, 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

In The News: (blog)

Improve Your Writing to Improve Your Credibility (blog)
People jump to all kinds of conclusions about you when they read documents you have written. They decide, for instance, how smart, how creative, how well organized, how trustworthy, and how considerate you are. And once they have made up their minds, ...

Harvard Gazette

Writing her way back
Harvard Gazette
Paulus' only remaining question: Who could write a score that would evoke the story's humor and heartache? Her instincts turned her from traditional theater to the world of pop. Her intuition locked on Bareilles for her ability to tell “personal and ...

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5 Lessons I Learned About Writing from the Girls of Gugulethu
Huffington Post
When I went to South Africa in 2010 to lead a creative writing club for teenage girls, I made sure to emphasize that word: club. I had never taught writing before, didn't have a teaching assistantship as I earned an MFA in nonfiction. I would not be ...

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Writing on Writer's Block
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Since I've graduated from college, I've been suffering from horrible writer's block. The kind that makes you lose complete faith in yourself and in your trade. Writer's block as a term hardly says enough about the phenomenon. More aptly put, it's an ...

Entertainment Weekly (blog)

Alyssa Milano, Hacktivist writers: 'You are often, whether or not you know it ...
Entertainment Weekly (blog)
Last year, Mistresses and Charmed actress Alyssa Milano flexed her creative talents with the debut of Hacktivist, a graphic novel that focused on the growing issues of social media and social commentary. Along with writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin ...

Hollywood Life

Taylor Swift: Love Life With Calvin Harris Has Her Writing Passionate Love Songs
Hollywood Life
Even though she and Calvin Harris are still dating and she normally writes songs about her bad break ups … like Harry Styles, John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal, has learned she's going to write some happy music about her new man.

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'Palimpsest' beautifully charts the history of writing
Christian Science Monitor
To call a piece of writing “polished” has become a lazy flourish, a critic's cliché that barely registers as metaphor. But in the first-century Rome of Catullus, Cicero, and Caesar, papyrus and parchment manuscripts were often literally polished with a ...

Matthew Battles' 'Palimpsest' is an enjoyable investigation into the origins ...
Penmanship class met daily during my upper elementary school years. My classmates and I were suffering our rough passage from printing to cursive writing aboard the good ship Zaner-Bloser, the publisher that supplied our workbooks as well of ...

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Writers Write Dazzling Love Letters, Remind Us That Texting Is Insufficient
Huffington Post
It probably took him less then a minute to write, and, knowing him, the action left his mind as soon as he'd completed it -- quite literally "written off." Why, then, did I value it more than nearly novel-length debates about John Locke's optimism ...

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Elizabeth Frankel: After year of writing this column, life isn't the same
Writing for the newspaper has effectively eradicated not only my ability to play "Never Have I Ever," but also my ability to walk mindlessly through life. Throughout this year-long adventure, I've been allowed to write about absolutely anything. As a ...

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Home Business Writing Made Simple

Have you ever written a letter to a friend? Ever... Read More

Freelance Writing: A Career From Anywhere

An island in the Mediterranean. A beach in Africa. The... Read More

Generating Nonfiction Book Titles Without a Hassle

The process of developing a working title for your nonfiction... Read More

Get Rich Writing With Your Computer Word Processor

Your computer is a writing machine, a word processor, a... Read More

Writing Secrets You Must Know

Writing better is critical for students. But it's even more... Read More

Learn How To Write Poetry!

A poet isn't born; you must work at crafting your... Read More


EditingExpect, allow, and accept that every first draft will represent... Read More

Fight The Fluff!

The first and final rule of quality writing is this:... Read More

Local Knowledge: Background and Historical Setting in Novels

You're writing a story set in your local city, but... Read More

A Writers Life

Ever wonder what an author's life is like? What that... Read More


[When I was a nineteen-year-old high school student and budding... Read More

Memories Dont Fade Like Hair Does: Memoir Writing Help for You, Our Elders, to Tell Your Story

~~~Old age, to the unlearned, is winter; to the learned,... Read More

And What Do You Do? ... How To Know When Youre a Writer!

It's the funniest thing. When someone asks me what I... Read More

The Writers Identity: Exploring the Writer Within

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

Top 5 Rules of English Grammar

Communication is effective when we follow certain rules. These rules... Read More

A Series of Articles on Autobiography

ESSAYS ON AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NUMBER 1Preamble:Nearly seven years ago I wrote... Read More

Write Possibilities

We writers are a powerful lot. We control time. We... Read More

Your Words Will Determine Your Business!

Be careful when you write.Words you use, sentences you phrase... Read More

Editing and Polishing - How Much is Enough?

A few days ago, I critiqued a chapter for a... Read More

Writing Your Best-Selling Non-Fiction Book Title

Your struggling to sell just a few copies of your... Read More

Get Published: The Nuts and Bolts of English, and How to Impress a Publisher (2)

The tiniest things can be so useful when you come... Read More

Writing Made Them Rich #5: Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle was born in England in 1939.His fascination with... Read More

Passionate About Writing?

I'm a writing fool! 2 book proposals, 1 user's guide,... Read More

Inspiring the Poet in You!

Poems. Just the mention of them makes me smile. Why?... Read More

Writing Tips for your Journey

Tips for your writing journeySo, you'd like to be a... Read More