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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How Reading Transforms Us
New York Times
MOST writing seeks to influence you to think or feel how the author wants you to think or feel. The article you are reading now is no exception. We want you to think about certain things in a certain way. But there's another kind of influence, not ...


New York Times

Jane Pratt on Why Writing for Young Women Never Gets Old
New York Times
It's a place where women get harassed more than ever before — but then it's also a place where I could have this woman, Brianna Wu, write a story about her GamerGate harassment and then create a lot of awareness about the issue. Over all I would say ...


NPR

Playlist: Writers On Writing
NPR
What makes for a great read? How does a single idea grow into a novel? In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.

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High school students stand out in writing contest
Daily Pilot
High school students displayed their story-writing chops in a first-ever Common Core writing competition among 10th-graders in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Winners were announced in a ceremony last week. Hannah Schoenbaum's story ...


When Writers Write For Themselves
Huffington Post
In some cases, they feel like an afterthought, as if chosen after the section was written, like when editors name untitled poems by their opening line. Bolaño uses prosaic names like "The Sheet," "The Redhead," "Twenty-seven," and oddly ominous names ...


Greensburg Daily News

Cheryl comes by writing ability naturally
Greensburg Daily News
The 1983 graduate of Greensburg High School credits one of her teachers at GCHS for inspiring her to want to write. She graduated from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan in 2007 summa cum laude with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her areas of ...


Business 2 Community

5 Practical Writing Techniques to Double Your Productivity
Business 2 Community
Fortunately, there is hope in the way of several writing techniques that can help you work more efficiently and be more productive. Here are five very practical writing techniques that have helped me become a more productive writer. I hope they help ...


VentureBeat

Evernote's intelligent writing assistant, Context, is now available on Android ...
VentureBeat
Evernote's artificial intelligence-based writing assistant is now available for paying customers on Android and Windows, the company announced. Context, which the company first launched on Mac and iOS at the beginning of the month, pulls up relevant ...


GuruFocus.com

Why Should You Start Writing?
GuruFocus.com
But the answer I want you to pay attention to is one that may very well be hidden in plain sight – they are all great writers. If you think this is a coincidence, Johnson O'Connor's study may make you think twice. Johnson O'Connor was hired by GE in ...


NIDAT hosting writing contest
Mason City Globe Gazette
MASON CITY | The North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team is hosting a writing contest for K-12 students. Poems, short fiction or non-fiction should reflect diversity or multiculturalism in the community where all individuals are recognized, valued and ...

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Advice for New Writers

With the advent of email communications in the workplace, it's... Read More

Become the Writer You Always Dreamed of Being

So you want to be a writer, except you don't... Read More

Revving Up Your Writing Productivity

Productivity begins by recognizing and valuing your brilliance, time, and... Read More

Freelance or Staff

There is no doubt that a staff writer enjoys advantages... Read More

How to Break In and Succeed as a Screenwriter

Screenwriting is a competitive trade. To distinguish yourself as a... Read More

Screenwriting and Screenwriters ? beyond Syd Field

Without denigrating the work and contribution of Syd Field to... 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

Top Ten Reasons Its Great To Be A Writer

10 - You will always have a job. As long... Read More