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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Want to Become a Writer? How to Set Up Your Writing Area
Parade
Amy Kierce is a freelance writer/editor who has worked full-time as an editor for PARADE, Ladies' Home Journal, and Victoria. She is pitching a novel as we speak. Her blog, CIRCA-77, chronicles her adventures as a kid of the '70s, when playtime was ...

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STUDY: Reviewers Find More Errors In Your Writing If They Think You're Black
News One
Based on findings from a previous study that revealed supervising lawyers are more likely than not to perceive African-American writers as having subpar writing skills when compared to their Caucasian counterparts, the researchers attempted to confirm ...

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Everyone Should Teach Writing
Inside Higher Ed
Most of my faculty colleagues agree that Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), in which the task of teaching writing is one assigned to all professors, not just those who teach English or composition, is an important academic concept. If we had a WAC ...


The best focused-writing apps for OS X
Macworld (blog)
If you use a Mac, you work with text. Your documents may be short (tweets and iMessages) or long (reports, stories, or even novels), but you need an app to handle that text. Depending on the type of writing you do, you may want something as simple as a ...


Conference to prepare for teaching argument writing in grades 6-12
UMSL Daily (blog)
Developing students' ability to write an argument has become a focus for preparing students for college and career readiness. Writing logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the Common ...

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The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics ...
Huffington Post
After writing several articles about the merits of self-publishing, I was invited to moderate a panel on self-publishing at a prestigious annual writers' conference at Hunter College in New York City. The conference follows three days of writing ...

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TMZ.com

Eddie George -- I'm Writing a 1-Man Hip Hop Show ... About My Life
TMZ.com
Eddie George tells TMZ Sports ... he's writing a 1-man stage show about his life ... complete with Shakespeare and hip hop ... and hopes to perform it later this year. George has been focused on the theater ever since he hung up his cleats in 2004 ...
Eddie George Writing One-Man Play on His LifeLostLettermen.com

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To Escape The Slog Of Writing, Kurt Vonnegut Made These Great Drawings
Co.Design
The writer found drawing to be an escape from the daily slog of putting words on the page. “My own means of making a living is essentially clerical, and hence tedious and constipating. The making of pictures is to writing what laughing gas is to the ...
Kurt Vonnegut Drawings Show Author's Playful SideMashable

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Home school students win writing contest prize
Lincoln Journal Star
A cooperative writing effort involving two home schools in Lincoln won second place and $750 in Mastering Money Basics, a financial writing contest for Nebraska students in grades K-5, the ACCESS board announced. The story, titled “Saving Makes Cents,” ...


Writing is bad for your wealth
Boston Globe
I GREW up in Washington, D.C., a few doors down from Rowland Evans, a widely syndicated newspaper columnist. One day Mr. Evans dropped off a book he had written. I remember my father examining the front and back covers, skeptically. “There's no ...

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Nobody Likes A Rambler

We all know people who ramble. They include every boring... Read More

Should I Keep Writing?

Writers are an insecure lot.It's easy to understand why. You... Read More

Hero?s Journey ? The Herald

Beyond three and four act story structure, lies the Hero's... Read More

8 Ways to Improve Your Writing Immediately

Is it possible to improve your writing instantly? The answer,... Read More

Write Again! - The Art Of The Written Letter

Remember the days when we wrote with pen and paper?... Read More

Zany Ideas That Increase Writing Productivity And Quality

Welcome to the zany ideas of a productive writer. My... Read More

Who Said That? Making Dialogue Crystal Clear

Recently, I was hunting for a book that would simply... Read More

Could Your Book Idea Be the Next Best Seller?

Everyone has a unique story to tell. From explaining business... Read More

Basic Writing Tips ? Some Controversial, All Correct

As a previous article ("Making Better Word Choices ? 4... Read More

Get Noticed! Eight Tips to Catching an Editors Eye

The first five pages of a novel are critical.Editors make... Read More

How to Publish a Book: Key Differences Between Publishing and Self Publishing

For many authors just starting out, it can be a... Read More

Reasons for Recording Your Life Story

1. No one else will do it for you.2. No... Read More

Are Writing Exercises Effective?

It was reported that the great American author Sinclair Lewis... Read More

Realize Your Book Dream In 2005!

If you haven't realized the success you wanted last year,... Read More

Documenting Everything: Your Journal is Your Logbook

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

Five Keys To A Successful Query Letter

Do you know what a query letter is? If so,... Read More

Sick of the Traditional Publishing Path?

A book coaching client recently emailed me that she was... Read More

Does Your Plot Suit Your Characters And Vice-Versa?

Creative Writing Tips ?When an idea comes to us for... Read More

Creative Writing Tips - Have You Established Your Main Character At The Start?

In the beginning of your story you have to grab... Read More

Pages: Your Book of Life

Many of us dream of writing a book. Why not.... Read More

Freelance Writing: A Career From Anywhere

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

Resignation Letters: Dont Let Yours Backfire On You...

It turns out that "tips and templates on how to... Read More

Does Each Element of Your Story Further The Theme?

Creative Writing Tips ?Whichever theme you choose, all the elements,... Read More

Critique Groups - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

What do people expect when they join a writing group?The... Read More

10 Ways to Shatter Writers Block

1. Use Logic: Check for External PressuresAre you under physical... Read More