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

In The News:


Writing to the Beat
New York Times (blog)
Discounting the time Mr. Thomas threw me out of English class for tapping out a bossa nova beat on my desk to back up his reading of “The Canterbury Tales,” it took years for me to appreciate the relationship between rhythm and writing, and years more ...


New York Times

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Is, and Is Not, Writing About Race
New York Times
Without writing a single black character, Jacobs-Jenkins evoked issues of racism so vividly that in The Washington Post, Peter Marks wrote: “Jacobs-Jenkins appropriates, makes his own, a story of white America, and this presages a more hopeful time ...

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blogs.hbr.org (blog)

How to Improve Your Business Writing
blogs.hbr.org (blog)
You probably write on the job all the time: proposals to clients, memos to senior executives, a constant flow of emails to colleagues. But how can you ensure that your writing is as clear and effective as possible? How do you make your communications ...


The Atlantic

Behind the Writing on the Stalls
The Atlantic
“Well sung of Yore, a Bard of Wit/That some Folks read, but all Folks shit/But now the Case is alter'd quite/Since all who come to Boghouse write.” So was written on a boghouse sometime in the early 18th century—a boghouse being a public toilet.

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The Daily Citizen

Writing is like therapy for former journalist
The Daily Citizen
She married her late husband, Ralph, in 1947 and moved to Murray County shortly thereafter. Godfrey will be 87 in December and has had a career in writing spanning more than 40 years. She has written for newspapers, magazines and creatively since the ...


The Guardian

Joanna Murray-Smith – 'There is no question, writing has saved my life'
The Guardian
We're chatting today because the playwright is closing out 2014 with not one but two main-house premieres of her work: Sydney Theatre Company's Switzerland, a thriller about the US crime writer Patricia Highsmith, and at Melbourne Theatre Company, ...


Salon

The PG Wodehouse of environmental writing: Why Lydia Millet is the funniest ...
Salon
I never expected anyone to write an environmental thriller about mermaids in the comic vein of a modern-day P.G. Wodehouse because, really — who would? Certainly I wouldn't have picked Lydia Millet, author of a trio of linked short novels about ...

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Hyperallergic

Relentless Complexities: Trevor Winkfield's Art Writing
Hyperallergic
This eccentric artist/writer was born among the back cobblestone ginnels of Leeds, England, in 1944, and moved to New York City in 1969. He is best known for paintings that have been described as both mysterious and daft. Raphael Rubinstein recently ...


Business 2 Community

Minimalism, Success, and the Curious Writing Habit of George R.R. Martin
Business 2 Community
In 1971, a young writer graduated with his Masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. He spent the first 13 years of his career writing professionally and made a living from it, but without major success. In 1983, he released his fourth ...


3 Keys to Teaching Kids to Write
U.S. News & World Report
In contrast to the thousands of studies on effective methods for teaching reading and mathematics, there are relatively few rigorous studies on writing instruction. That's partly because it's time-consuming and expensive to assess writing quality in a ...

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