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

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Weekly Address: Writing the Rules for a Global Economy
The White House (blog)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership helps level the playing field so we can export more Made-in-America products abroad and support jobs here at home. In this week's address, the President spoke to the merits of the high-standards trade agreement reached ...
Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement | United States Trade ...United States Trade Representative

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Writing through the night and the fog
Auburn Journal
Here's something that used to be hard for me to admit: I was a terrible student. At E.V. Cain, I got a D in art. I wasn't allowed to watch the celebratory end-of-the-year movie in science because I didn't turn in my final project. To this day I have ...

Washington Post

Overwhelmingly adverbial writing
Washington Post
All these in one paragraph. Then, “knowingly lurching,” “marching inexorably,” “flamboyantly shooting” and “gratuitously alienating.” Young readers or aspiring writers, beware: Adverbs are questionable substitutes for passion and may impinge on good ...

Washington Post

Writing a book is like giving birth? No, not at all.
Washington Post
Well, dear reader, I can tell you now with certainty: writing and giving birth have just about zero in common. I'll admit I delivered my baby in a country where pain medication is almost never used for laboring women unless surgery is involved (and ...

Mary Karr writes a textbook on memoir-writing
There's a textbook lurking at the heart of Mary Karr's new book about how memoirs have and should be written. But it's a chaotic one: Karr is, by her own admission, “a passionate, messy teacher.” The passionate part is what drew so many readers to “The ...

Countdown to College: 5 things to know about writing a killer college essay
Charlotte Observer
As I read student essay after student essay this fall, I often find myself asking, in not such a polite tone, “What were they thinking?” Grammar and usage mistakes are rampant and many students are clueless when it comes to writing a non-academic paper.

Muscatine Journal

Students participate in realistic fiction writing workshop
Muscatine Journal
MUSCATINE, Iowa— Children's author Mike Graf, of California, was invited by the Muscatine Community School District to provide a writing workshop to the talented and gifted students in the district. Graf is a realistic fiction author and has over 70 ...


Program helps Florence One students read, write better
FLORENCE, S.C. — After several teachers at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School took a chance and sent in a grant application to The School Foundation, students there are learning just how much fun writing can be. Teacher Rebecca Handley helped write ...

The Atlantic

Ryan Murphy and the Year of Identity: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing
The Atlantic
“I'd never really stopped to ask who had written any of those books, because … well, because it didn't matter to me who had written them. Their creators were invisible. They had no particular identity. No voice … I asked a new question: Who wrote ...

AUHSD to Explore “The Writing Journey” at Professional Learning Day Oct. 12
Ms. Kittle will be speaking before all 1,300 teachers in the District on “The Writing Journey.” The author of numerous books including “Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing,” Ms. Kittle was named 2015 Exemplary Leader for ...

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Top Ten Writing Mistakes Made By New Childrens Writers

Okay. So I'm not David Letterman. But I doubt if... Read More

Could Your Book Idea Be the Next Best Seller?

Everyone has a unique story to tell. From explaining business... Read More

Nobody Likes A Rambler

We all know people who ramble. They include every boring... 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

Taking the Free Out of Freelance Writing

When you run an online agency for freelance writers, editors... Read More

Get An Attitude About Your Writing

(This excerpt is taken from my new writing workshop Writing... Read More

Mixing and Mingling: The Door to Publication?

Mixing and mingling with industry professionals is an opportunity that... Read More

Sense of Place

What is Sense of Place? It's the image of a... Read More

How to Build A Success Freelance Career (Part 2)

Part 1 of this article discussed the experience you need... Read More

Blank Mind, Blank Screen: Need Ideas!

Q. I'm staring at a blank screen with an equally... Read More

Write A Better Newsletter!

You've decided to write your very own Newsletter to promote... Read More

Call Yourself a Writer? Where Are Your Notes?

Writers are notorious collectors of slips of paper. They tear... Read More

Write On! - Key Components of Successful Business Communication

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

Writers can Grow to be Comfortable with Criticism

On my first newspaper assignment as a critic, I was... Read More

A Plan

All writers should use a plan whether written or reflected.... Read More

Keys to Characterisation

Far too many inexperienced writers create flat, stereotypical characters: the... Read More

Tell the World About You

You have a new website, or a new business, or... Read More

Benjamin Franklin: His Ageless Writing Tips

If Ben Franklin were alive today, he would be...uh, very... Read More

Hero?s Journey ? The Herald

Beyond three and four act story structure, lies the Hero's... Read More

Top Seven Ways to Write your Print or eBook Fast

Want to write your book? But, need a blueprint on... 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

Writing About Writing

What am I going to write about?Which topic is the... Read More

Childrens Stories - The Essentials

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

Timer Magic for Writers

If your writing muscle isn't in shape, writing a novel... Read More

How to Avoid the 11 Biggest Mistakes of First Time Authors

"If you want to change your life," Harry Beckwith wrote... Read More