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

In The News:


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 ...


Deseret News

Different reasons drive Utah writers to participate in National Novel Writing ...
Deseret News
Participants in National Novel Writing Month congregate at the Dragon's Keep in Orem for a Come Write In in November. A Come Write In is an event where participants from a particular region gather together to write, each person working on the novel he ...

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Here are the winners of the 2014 Bruce Coville Holiday Writing Contest
Syracuse.com
More than 500 children from across Central New York entered this year's Bruce Coville Holiday story writing contest. Two weeks ago, we published the beginning of a story written by Coville, Syracuse's celebrated author of children's books, and entrants ...


The Spokesman Review

Top teen stories in the 2014 Outdoor Writing Contest
The Spokesman Review
A story by Keely Liles, a junior at Mead High School, has been judged the best of 85 entries to win The Spokesman-Review's 2014 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school students. In Paddle Tap, Liles straightens out her thinking about canoeing through ...

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NJ.com

Rowan University's Writing Arts Program offers $35000 in scholarships to ...
NJ.com
GLASSBORO — Incoming freshman writers Rowan University now have an opportunity to achieve a new scholarship to go toward the writing arts program, officials said. For students who are passionate about writing, there are $35,000 in scholarships to be ...


The Desert Sun

Valley Voice: Writers guild can help tell your story
The Desert Sun
For almost 37 years The Palm Springs Writers Guild has been the resource of tools required to move that story out of your head and onto the page. From novice to professional, it's a fellowship of writers helping writers. Evolving from 18 local writers ...


Monroe Engel, 93; novelist, longtime writing teacher at Harvard
Boston Globe
“As a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, Engel has lived on a plot of middle ground somewhere between his two professions. He has lived near Harvard for many years now, but never fully in it. By writing and living outside the university, he ...

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The Spokesman Review

Outdoor writing runner-up: Divine to the Ear
The Spokesman Review
December 21, 2014 in Outdoors. Outdoor writing runner-up: Divine to the Ear. Kailey Johnson Mead High School, junior. Print; Email. Close [X]. Sorry, but you need to be logged in to share stories via e-mail. This helps us prevent abuse of our e-mail ...
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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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James River Writers partners with Firehouse Theatre for new season of The ...
Augusta Free Press
james river writer James River Writers proudly announces that the new season of The Writing Show will be held at the Firehouse Theatre beginning with the February 25 Show on Plotting a Hero's Journey: Fiction, Myth and Scripts with The Richmond ...

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The Myths of Writing: Have You Bought Into These?

There is an image most people carry of the artist... Read More

First Priority

No matter what you are writing, the first priority is... Read More

Know your Audience Before you Write Your Book or Web Site

If you want happy customers to use your service or... Read More

Get Published: The Nuts and Bolts of English, and How to Impress a Publisher (2)

The tiniest things can be so useful when you come... Read More

How To Build A Successful Freelance Editorial Career

In the current job market, many editorial freelancers have turned... Read More

How to Build A Success Freelance Career (Part 1)

In the current job market, many editorial workers have turned... Read More

Tips For Better Writing

It is certainly true that we don't get a second... Read More

Write On! - Key Components of Successful Business Communication

Written communication is often the first impression you make on... Read More

From Book Notes to Book Reports

Writing papers and book reports has long been the bane... Read More

Creative Writing Tips - Does The Name You Chose Suit Your Character?

How do you choose a name? Do you put down... Read More

When I Run Out of Ideas

I do on occasion run out of ideas for my... Read More

Three 30 Day Journaling Ideas

Here are 3 journaling or diary ideas that can contribute... Read More

Write a Letter, Make a Difference

Today I took the dog for a walk and realized... Read More

Create the Writing Life You Want

Ah, writing. For those of us who love to play... Read More

You Dont Need Inspiration!

Or do you?Writers write. You shouldn't wait around for inspiration... Read More

The Value of Adding Images to Technical Documentation

It's clich, but true-a picture does paint a thousand words.... Read More

Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused - Part 5 of 6

PASSED, PASTPassed is the past tense of pass. Past means... Read More

Dont Make This Huge Writing Mistake!

You can create a great headline, a dynamic first sentence,... Read More

Scenes and Structure

Beginning writers often tend to think of a book as... Read More

Imagine The Imagination

Imagine a three hundred page book was in the author's... Read More

Letter Writing Journaling

When you read a letter from someone, we are immediately... Read More

The Run-on Sentence: From Here To Eternity

If you find your sentences filled with commas, and they... Read More

Italics Part 1 - Do You Need to Use Italics?

Next time you're tempted to use italics for emphasis... STOP!"Why?"... Read More

Hunting for Markets Over the Holidays

Chances are, you'll be busy over the next several weeks.... Read More

Freelancing Doesnt Mean Writing For Free. Does it?

Writer's forums are bustling with debate over whether or not... Read More