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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Washington Post (blog)

'Rigorously disentangle' and other examples of bad federal writing
Washington Post (blog)
The guardians of clear and concise writing in government awarded top honors Tuesday to the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration, and the Securities and Exchange Commission for the best job last year turning bureaucratese ...
Report card gives DOL an 'A' for compliance with Plain Writing ActSafety+Health magazine
DHS 'aces' plain writing report; State, Interior score 'incompletes'FederalNewsRadio.com
New Plain Language Champs: Social Security, Homeland Security and SECGovExec.com

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Lifehacker

Four Basic Writing Principles You Can Use in Everyday Life
Lifehacker
Writing starts way before you put letters to a page. It involves processes like critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Even if writing feels like pulling teeth, you can apply the principles of writing to many facets of your day-to-day life ...

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At 100, Dartmouth Grad Still Writing His Class Notes
NPR
At 100, Dartmouth Grad Still Writing His Class Notes. January 28, 2015 4:29 PM ET. Listen to the Story. All Things Considered. 1 min 52 sec. Playlist; Download. Edward Gerson is a 100-year-old alumnus of Dartmouth's class of 1935. He's turned his class ...


New York Times

Is Being a Writer a Job or a Calling?
New York Times
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Benjamin Moser and Dana Stevens discuss whether being a writer is just a job or a loftier ambition. By Benjamin Moser. Even the best writing won't have the ...


Your Letters: End of Life Decisions and Writing Your Story
New York Times
Writing is not for everyone. I tried writing away my problems for years, and all it did was force me to dwell on them and bring up bad feelings. Finally, I tossed the journals I'd written and use the blank ones for scrap paper. Problem solved. I don't ...


TechCrunch

Tumblr introduces a new interface designed for long-form writing
The Next Web
Tumblr is about to get more powerful. The platform will introduce a series of new features that make it more friendly toward long-form writing – and more competitive against blogging platforms like Medium and Squarespace. The new set of tools makes ...
Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And MoreTechCrunch
Tumblr Overhauls Its Writing Tools For The Medium AgeFast Company

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SFGate

Petty earns writing credit for Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'
SFGate
NEW YORK — Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith's megahit “Stay With Me” for its similarities to his song “I Won't Back Down.” Smith's representative said Monday the publishers of Petty's 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smith's song ...
Tom Petty Is Getting a Writing Credit on Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'ABC News

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New York Times (blog)

The Learning Network | Reader Idea | Student Opinion Questions as ELL Writing ...
New York Times (blog)
Below, a lesson plan from a language immersion program that has prepared over 2,000 students — speaking 45 different languages — for success in college. Read how Steve Weisblatt's E.L.L.'s express themselves in writing, then post a comment to tell us ...


The Weal's First Writing Workshop (with photos!)
Commonweal (blog)
Readers of dotCommonweal, especially young readers who live near New York City, might be interested to know that this past Saturday The Weal hosted its first writing workshop at the New York Public Library. The workshop focused on "writing online" and ...


The Guardian

Influential blogger Andrew Sullivan to stop writing for website
Boston Globe (blog)
Influential blogger Andrew Sullivan announced to his readership today that he will no longer write daily for his popular website, The Dish, but that he won't “disappear as a writer.” “I've now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda ...
Andrew Sullivan stops writing at The Dish: it's the end of a blogging eraThe Guardian
Andrew Sullivan Has Retired from Blogging, Effective ImmediatelyNew York Observer
Andrew Sullivan To Quit BloggingTowleroad
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Is The Theme Running Throughout The Story?

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