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, 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

In The News:

Writing dispute for film 'Belle' bubbles up again
Los Angeles Times
It should be one of the unqualified successes of the year — a period drama directed by, written by and starring women of color that found a large audience for a fact-based tale drawn from obscure history that shed light on the beginning of the end of ...

Defying the Engrained Rules of Writing
The Recorder
Foregoing these superstitions can greatly improve our writing, but these superstitions are engrained. We follow them fearing we'll look foolish otherwise. Indeed, as a writing instructor, I struggle to get students and attorneys to let them go. But ...


Paul writing book 'beyond left-right'
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is writing the book on bipartisanship. According to an interview with The Courier-Journal, Paul is in the process of writing a new book, set to hit stores early in 2015. Continue Reading ...

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Writing about Wonder
Most writers are voracious readers as well, and that is certainly true for me. What I learned with that Facebook post was that if you are a woman of a certain age who likes horses, there is a good chance those fictional racehorse names ring a bell for ...

Jessica Ciufo expands her familiarity with writing
The University of Hawaii Kaleo
“Creative writing has been a life-long flirtation for me. I've always enjoyed writing, but I've never seriously pursued it,” said Ciufo in an email interview. “So it wasn't until I took Eng 313 'Types of Creative Writing' at UH Mānoa that I began to ...

3 Arlington students receive writing commendations
Wicked Local Arlington
Congratulations to Arlington residents and Lesley Ellis School students Lizzy Zhang, Emmet Cohen and Kaia Eckton, who received special commendations for their entries to the Letters About Literature program, a national reading and writing contest for ...

Byword: One of the best iOS apps for distraction-free writing
I've been writing professionally for the better part of a decade. I've used a ton of different word processing programs and all seemed to be lacking. Microsoft Word includes every feature under the sun and is great for writing a lengthy book or ...

Harmony Korine Is Writing A Gangster Movie For Robert Pattinson
Indie Wire (blog)
In a recent profile in Esquire UK, the magazine reveals that Korine is writing a Miami-set, gangster movie for the actor. Could this be the same movie as the Southern set, multi-generational, crime family picture that was announced in early 2013? It's ...

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The Guardian (blog)

Writing no longer buys a champagne lifestyle
The Guardian (blog)
A recent report from the Authors Licensing and Collecting Service revealed that 58% of well-established freelance magazine and newspaper journalists earn less than £8,000 from their writing – just under half the minimum income standard in the UK.


Some teachers haven't written off cursive yet
PHOENIX — With eyebrows furrowed and fingers holding pencils in clawlike grips, third graders at Lowell Elementary School in Mesa were tackling an assignment involving one of the most controversial topics in American education: cursive writing ...

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An Inside Look at Proofreading

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

Getting the Story Down

Questions and answers on writing life experiences for ourselves and... Read More

Learning to Question Your Elephant Child: Who, What, Where, When and Why

Having problems writing? I don't know why. San Francisco Chronicle... Read More

How To Stay Fit While Writing

Day after day, writers tend to sit for hours writing... Read More

Why Manners Maketh the Freelance Writer

Lately I've been noticing an odd trend amongst the freelance... Read More

A Perfect Day for Writers

In one of the exercises in my "Getting Started as... Read More

For Beginners: Ten Ways To Prepare To Get Published

(Skip directly to ten for the fastest shortcut!)Like any field,... Read More

Turbo Charge Your Career! Write And Produce Your Own Stage Play!

Have you ever wondered how you can adapt your screenplay... Read More

If The Viewpoint Character Is A Secondary Character, Have You Established Who He is?

Creative Writing Tips ?I have said above that if a... Read More

Teachers Should Write, During Their Summers

Before I became a teacher, I was a sports writer.... Read More

How Three Publishing Myths Kill the Author

Agents and publishing houses have their best interests at heart,... Read More

7 Reference Books for Your Desk

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

Writing Helpful Help ? A Minimalism Checklist

User documentation is all too often written by programmers for... Read More

How to Come Up with Fresh Story Ideas

How to Come Up with Fresh Story Ideas When Your... Read More

Writing Made Them Rich #4: Paulo Coelho

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

Write With Passion: 4 Steps To Emotionally Charge A Nonfiction Article

You have just completed a draft of an article. It... Read More

The Writing Life

In the 7th grade I wanted to be an architect... Read More

Home Business Writing Made Simple

Have you ever written a letter to a friend? Ever... Read More

The Struggle

Sometime one must coax the words out.Each day is a... Read More

Tips for First Time Authors : 2 Easy Steps to Make Your First Book a Success

Congratulations on writing your first book. That is quite an... Read More

Masquerading As Novel ~ Can Author?s Work Convey Important Perceptions?

While novels do not usually attempt to convey concepts about... Read More

Ten Quick Tips for Inexperienced Writers

One of the biggest problems that inexperienced writers have is... Read More

Before You Write Your Book, Organize Its Parts - Part 2

If you are a serious writer who wants to publish... Read More

Is The Theme Running Throughout The Story?

Creative Writing Tips ?It's no use coming up with a... Read More

5 Reasons People Like Technology White Papers

A good white paper is a paper that makes you... Read More