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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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself
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In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this ...


6 Things for Children to Understand About Writing and 4 Ways to Help Them Get ...
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"Are you excited about all the writing you'll do this summer?" I asked my exuberant Inktopia Kids summer writing campers. It was the last day of a fun-filled, early summer week of word games, character creation and poetry making. Every Inkster said ...


Marked 2 review: Preview and improve your online writing on the fly
Macworld
Many of us here at Macworld are fans of Markdown, a nifty markup language that lets you write for the Web using plain text and a simple formatting syntax. We also frequently write in HTML. But one of the challenges in writing in these “languages,” if ...

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Yoga, writing workshop for those diagnosed with cancer
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SHELBURNE FALLS — Twenty years ago, Pam Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every week through treatment and rehabilitation, Roberts attended a writing workshop, where she found that no matter what prompt was given, she'd write about her ...


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WORDS FOR PICTURES: Making and Writing Comics with BRIAN MICHAEL ...
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In the first part of our interview with Brian Michael Bendis – author of the making comics for writers textbook – the discussion centered on his experience as a comics writing course professor as well as giving some glimpses into the roundtables that ...
Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels ...The Fandom Post
REVIEW: Words For Pictures by Brian Michael BendisComicbook.com (blog)

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Problems with state writing test prompts education officials to toss results
Lincoln Journal Star
Administered in February, fourth graders took the test with paper and pencil, but eighth- and 11-graders took it online and faced a host of problems — repeatedly getting kicked offline while writing, not being able to log on and losing portions of ...


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I'm Literally Writing About The Internet of Things
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But I believe the real reason I haven't written is that I have dispassionately lacked the technological inspiration to do so. I'm writing now however because I am becoming increasingly obsessed with the integration of digital and physical experiences ...


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Zach Braff on Kickstarter, writing what you know, and advice for aspiring ...
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With his 2004 feature debut, “Garden State,” Zach Braff established himself as an intriguing voice in indie cinema — sensitive, quirky and with a great ear for music. Ten years later, he returns with “Wish I Was Here,” a spiritual sequel to “Garden ...

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JK Rowling Is Writing Many More Books In The Future (Yay!) But They're Not ...
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'I really love writing these books, so I don't know that I've got an end point in mind. One of the things I absolutely love about this genre is that, unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an end, you're talking about ...
JK Rowling plans crime book spreeBBC News
JK Rowling is star turn at Harrogate Crime Writing FestivalThe Press, York
JK Rowling has at least six more Cormoran Strike novels plannedUPI.com
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In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here
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"I am not a political person by nature," Nadine Gordimer once said. "I don't suppose, if I had lived elsewhere, my writing would have reflected politics." Gordimer was born in South Africa in the early 1920s, into a society divided and identified by ...

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Leveraging Your Writing

A frequent conversation I have with my writing clients is... Read More

An Inside Look at Proofreading

This is the ideal topic for us all to think... Read More

Mama Dont Allow No Fighting in Your Writing

When you sit down to write a steamy romance, a... Read More

Childrens Stories - The Essentials

There is no specific formula for children's fiction. There are,... Read More

Screenwriting and Screenwriters ? beyond Syd Field

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

How To Write Your Book Within A Week

Everyone has a book inside them, or so the saying... Read More

Write Your Way To A Better Brain

Boost Brain Power Through WritingHave you ever noticed what happens... Read More

Should You Do a Writing Course?

First, let's tackle the question that is uppermost in many... Read More

Important Points of Fiction

Fiction manuscripts receive feedback that addresses and scores: The theme... Read More

Do You Know What A Plot Is?

Creative Writing Tips ?What a plot is and what a... Read More

Writing from Home: It Can Be Great and Not-So-Great for Mothers

I went to school to be a teacher. In fact,... Read More

A Quick Guide to ISBNs for Self-Publishers

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a... Read More

Have You Settled On First Choice When Choosing A Title?

Short Story Writing Tips -We've established what a title should... Read More

Recipe for a Style Guide

Wired Online has recently announced its plans to drop capitalization... Read More

8 Tips to Get Publishers to Notice You

If your articles aren't getting published very often, or you... Read More

Getting Published Is Different For Everyone: Two Paths Among Many

One obvious question that can get overlooked in the process... Read More

The Untold Secrets of Writing Best Selling Childrens Books

Ever wondered how the most successful children's book writers get... Read More

Make Your Readers Cry

You know, I really hate it when someone catches me... Read More

Where to Look for Your Next Project when You?re Writing for Profit

When my first book "Starting Your Own Business" was published... Read More

Using Technology to Improve Your Final Draft

One Saturday afternoon, I sat in a packed conference room... Read More

Use These 3 Editing Tips to Ensure Your Writing Hits the Bull?s-Eye

The first step in the writing process is to put... Read More

On Writing and Poetry: Harry Calhoun in Conversation

"This is just brilliant. The whole interview is incredible? I'm?... Read More

Critique Groups - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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

Piecing It All Together

There's a little known secret we writers like to keep... Read More

How To Filter Description Through Your Characters

How do you describe a scene without slowing down the... Read More