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

----------------------------------------------------------Permission is granted for the below article to forward,reprint, distribute, use for ezine, newsletter, website,offer as free bonus or part of a product for sale as longas no changes are made and the byline, copyright, and theresource box below is included. ---------------------------------------------------------- How to Catch the Writing Bug By Stephen... Read More

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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New York Times

A Writer Whose Pen Never Rests, Even Facing Death
New York Times
A man who found his way from a poor, sewer-free suburb of Sydney, Australia, to become a beloved writer, entertainer and figure in British life, he can look back with astonishment and amusement, and look forward with a trenchant eye. Asked what he will ...


Lifehacker

How to Stick to a Writing Schedule
Lifehacker
Practice makes perfect, the old adage goes, and the more you write the better you get at it. Whether you're blogging for money or writing for yourself—perhaps for November's NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month—here are some tips to develop a ...
Writing a novel in 1 month? Challenge acceptedIndiana Daily Student
Two Aiken authors compete in National Novel Writing MonthAiken Standard
NaNoWriMo Is Upon Us: How to Get Inspired Even If You're Not ParticipatingFlavorwire
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The Daily Advertiser

Prairie Elementary student wins statewide writing contest
The Daily Advertiser
“Teacher consultants from the Louisiana Writing Projects read close to 900 entries, chose finalists and sent them on to Louisiana published authors, who chose the final winners,” contest coordinators wrote Constantine a letter announcing her placement.


BurlingtonFreePress.com

Michael Pollan talks cooking and writing at UVM
BurlingtonFreePress.com
Bestselling author Michael Pollan told University of Vermont students Thursday evening the issue that confronts their generation is unambiguous and singular. "Look on the bright side," Pollan said. "You've got one big, scary issue. Climate change.".


Search Engine Watch

Writing Your Way to the Top of Search and Social Results
Search Engine Watch
Search and social media writing - we've come a long way in the past 10 years. Hiring nameless, faceless, anonymous writers from underground sources at $25 a pop is so yesterday. Poof! No more. Garbage in, garbage out. Today's smart brands are putting ...

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The Independent

JK Rowling's new Pottermore writing, review: 'delightfully grisly'
Telegraph.co.uk
The website allows registered members to explore a kind of digitized Hogwarts, complete with Sorting Hats, Chocolate Frogs and illustrations that link to exclusive pieces of writing by Rowling. On Friday, Rowling launched the interactive version of her ...
JK Rowling Releases New, Free Harry Potter Story Today OnlineForbes
How to find the Halloween Harry Potter stories on PottermoreThe Independent
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Hypable -Los Angeles Times -Cinema Blend
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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 ...
Teaching Kids How To Write: Professor Offers Three TipsEducation World

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Amy Poehler: 'Writing Is Hellish'
Huffington Post
In addition to revealing that, in spite of her several impressive accolades, she considers herself "a professional break dancer" first and foremost, Poehler delved into her writing process ("hellish"), her future ambitions, and the role humor played in ...

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Writers take on novel challenge in Ford City
Tribune-Review
In that time, she has completed a 50,000-plus word novel every November for National Novel Writing Month. Wyant, 53, of Kittanning has brought at least 50 individuals throughout the region together online and in person to participate in the event. She ...


Vanity Fair

Diane von Furstenberg on Writing a Memoir, Going Reality
Vanity Fair
She's written a memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, published by Simon & Schuster on Tuesday. Rizzoli released a monograph on the 40th anniversary of her signature wrap dress design earlier this month. On Sunday, E! will air the first episode of House of ...

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Writing Without Style

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You Can Be An Author

"You should write a book." For years, I had been... Read More

7 Reference Books for Your Desk

I hate to admit this, but I rarely get an... Read More

Writing Made Them Rich #4: Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho was born on August 24th 1947 in Rio... Read More

Plagiarism Through The Eyes Of College Students

Plagiarism has been condemned lately by all types of experts,... Read More