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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10 Steps to Writing a Will
U.S. News & World Report
The hardest part of writing a will is often finding the will to write it. After all, it's a document you hope won't be used for a long time. By writing it, you're acknowledging that you may not be immortal. Add in the many other activities that are ...


Audit: Jobs agency makes progress on bad loans by writing many off
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison — The bad loans held by the state's top jobs agency have declined in value by nearly $8 million, though much of the decrease was from loans being written off rather than salvaged, a new audit shows. The report released Friday by the ...

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Memphis Flyer (blog)

A Local Writing Group Offers Hope — and a Home
Memphis Flyer (blog)
And it's a lifetime of living recorded in the pages of Writing Our Way Home — writings that describe what life was like before these 15 contributing writers became homeless; what life was like for them on the street; and what life's been like since ...


On writing, oh, rote is us
Tampabay.com
I teach an undergraduate class in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida. My job is to introduce these future engineers to topics relevant to their college and professional careers. This includes helping them to write competently.


Boston Globe

Jason Segel relishes the role of storyteller
Boston Globe
Jason Segel, actor and musician, can now add author to his résumé. With Kirsten Miller, author of the “Kiki Strike” and “Eternal Ones” children's series, Segel, 34, has co-written “Nightmares!” The middle-grade novel, the first part of a planned ...

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Staying connected the old-fashioned way: Writing along with Trucker Buddy Dave
The Times (subscription)
Telephone calls are being taken over by text messages, face-to-face conversations are being replaced by social media and writing letters is rarely done anymore with the more convenient use of emailing. Although today's methods are more convenient and ...


Common Writing Mistakes. Oh, How Common!
Business 2 Community
Common Writing Mistakes. Oh, How Common! image common writing mistakes The great thing about writing is that you can play with language, syntax, tone of voice etc – but there are rules to follow in terms of spelling, punctuation, readability, fact ...


Rewriting Is Writing
Huffington Post
When I was 23 and about to go to law school, I thought I'd spend the summer writing a novel. (A bit more than a half-century later, I laugh.) To keep the days free for writing, I decided against getting a day job. Instead I sold my body to science ...


Can Writing Lies Expose Truth?
mediabistro.com
Author Mac Barnett gave a TED talk on “why a good book is a secret door.” Barnett revealed that his occupation is to “lie to children” otherwise known as writing children's books. He claims that with his work, he tells “honest lies.” Barnett shared ...


Reading, writing is essential to everyday living
Valley morning Star
The ability to read and write is essential to successful living in the modern world. It is estimated that just under one in five Texans does not read well enough to read a newspaper. In the Rio Grande Valley the numbers are much higher. Sixty-five ...

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How To Be A Published (Non-Fiction) Author

1. Turning your idea into a bookWith non-fiction books the... Read More

The Struggle

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

Writing Made Them Rich #4: Paulo Coelho

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

Does The Title Reflect The Story?

Short Story Writing Tips ?We all have different tastes in... Read More

Written Communications ? 6 Tips on Language & Tone

In most aspects of business, we will be expected to... Read More

Write For Yourself First

It would be very selfless or noble of me to... Read More

Message to Online Writers: Dont Give Up On A Good Idea

The writing community is a strong one, with many new... Read More

How To Write Your Book Within A Week

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

The Top Five Mistakes That Companies Make with Regard to Technical Documentation

I've seen it time and again. One of the most... Read More

Writing the Chapters of Your Life: Surprising Insights Using This Special Journaling Technique

List-making is a favorite journaling technique and is often used... Read More

Publish Your Novel on the First Try

Rejection. This scary word plagues virtually every writer this side... Read More

Five Keys To A Successful Query Letter

Do you know what a query letter is? If so,... Read More

Tips On Writing A Killer Sales Letter

Writing a sales letter doesn't have to be that difficult... Read More

Common Writing Mistakes

Most books aren't rejected because the stories are "bad." They're... Read More

Writing Business Letters That Get The Job Done

Despite the widespread use of e-mail in commerce today, traditional... Read More

Characters In A Romance Novel

Before you even begin writing your novel, you need to... Read More

A Few Brief Tips to Deal with Writing Rejection

What to do when you get rejected.You've just finished your... Read More

COULD YOU (not) REPEAT THAT PLEASE?

I recently read a book where everything was akimbo. Arms... Read More

A Writers Tools

William Faulkner, the great Mississippi writer, said, "The tools I... Read More

Piecing It All Together

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

Going On A Word Diet

There are three ways to write a first draft. One... Read More

Are Writing Exercises Effective?

It was reported that the great American author Sinclair Lewis... Read More

Advice for New Writers

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

Trying Too Hard

If you dread the thought of writing, if you fear... Read More

How to Build Your Site with Other Peoples Content -- Part 1

Building a new website can be extremely exciting. Seeing your... Read More