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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Breaking Into Comedy Writing with 'Key & Peele', 'Community', and 'Rick and ...
rubens Not many writers can break into Hollywood and land work on quality shows like Key and Peele, Rick and Morty, and Community all in one break-neck streak, but Alex Rubens is batting a thousand. Rubens admits a perfect mixture of lucky and good ...

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6 Tips for Writing a Life-Changing Memoir
Huffington Post
By dissecting memoirs from both the reader's and writer's perspectives, I've identified common elements that powerful, compelling memoirs all share. If you're planning to write a memoir, here's how to make sure your story takes your readers on a ...

Common Core: Oregon students smash expectations in reading, writing
Oregon students had to do a lot of writing on the new Common Core tests. And they performed far better than expected. In this 2013 photo, Ashley Wilson, then a senior at Oregon City High, starts a draft of a persuasive essay. (Betsy Hammond / The ...

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The Guardian

Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain
The Guardian
“Usually at the end of writing every chapter I'll print out and read aloud,” she says. It's something she's been doing since university, she continues, citing the Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali, who told her “there are things the ears pick up which the ...

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Q&A with Writer/Director Ben Caird on Writing and the Inspiration for His New ...
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A: I'm half British (father) and half American (mother) and I grew up in London. My father is a writer and director of theatre, opera and pretty much anything else that can be staged. My mother also worked in theatre through which she met my father in ...

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Linda Perry, Sara Gilbert Writing a Children's Album With Their Kids
Us Magazine
The family that rocks together, stays together! Linda Perry enjoyed success as the lead singer of 4 Non Blondes, and went on to become a producer and songwriter, working with the likes of Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera. But no project is more ...

Writing Mike Pigott's obituary through my tears
The Tennessean
But as I sat down to write, the words did not come easily. The tears did. I struggled to craft something that would in some way capture Mike the man, as well as Mike the PR wiz, Mike the award-winning reporter, Mike the world traveler, Mike the dancer ...

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Penning a prequel to 'Dracula'
Palm Beach Post
J.D. Barker's wife Dayna, also an aspiring writer, looks over a piece that he has written inside their western Lake Worth home. Barker, a writer of suspense fiction, said, “She's my first reader. Once I get comfortable with a draft, she's the first to ...

Us Magazine

Scientology Leader David Miscavige's Father, Ron Miscavige, Writing Tell-All ...
Us Magazine
David Miscavige US Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center David Miscavige in 2004. Credit: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images). Book bombshell. Ron Miscavige plans to write a book about his son, Scientology leader David ...
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Scientology Leader David Miscavige Father Writing Book About ChurchMstarz
Scientology Leader's Father To Tell All: Ronald Miscavige Writing Memoir About
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Paul Thomas Anderson to Write Robert Downey Jr.'s 'Pinocchio' Remake
Paul Thomas Anderson is writing the screenplay for Warner Bros. and Team Downey's “Pinocchio” live-action reimagining. Although Anderson has only been hired to pen a draft for the script, there's a possibility that he could direct the movie as well.
Paul Thomas Anderson is writing a Pinocchio movie for Robert Downey Jr.The Verge
Paul Thomas Anderson Writing, May Direct Robert Downey Jr.'s
Paul Thomas Anderson writing live-action Pinocchio for Robert Downey, Jr.A.V. Club -/FILM -Digital Trends
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Ghostwriting - Making Money by Being Invisible

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Creative Problem-Solving: Following Your Stream of Consciousness

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

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Call Yourself a Writer? Where Are Your Notes?

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

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Great business writers combine narrative skills with sound judgment to... Read More

How to Have an Effective Reading Group

Writing leads to reading. Therefore, it's only fair to supply... Read More

Autobiography: Installment No.3

ESSAY 3Writing an autobiography involves a matching up of a... Read More

Learning How To Write

As a student of Spanish, my goal was to think... Read More

Top Seven Mistakes Writers Make and What to Do About Them

Writers often get stuck because they make assumptions about writing,... Read More

Editing Secrets

Once you've plotted out your book, developed the characters and... Read More

Secrets Of Successful Authors

When the writing bug hits you, get out your pencil,... Read More

Is The Theme Running Throughout The Story?

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

The Writing Club

Typically when falling asleep in bed at night great thoughts... Read More

Use Real-Life Templates For Writing Success

At some point along the way, most of us have... Read More

Do I Have To Be A Good Writer to Market My Own Business?

Many of the most effective low-cost marketing strategies require writing.... Read More

Alternative View Points and the Lamp of Creativity

Pictures they say are worth a thousand words, but many... Read More

Writing About Writing

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

Focusing Your Reading and Finding Ideas

Many experts recommend reading as a way to get ideas,... Read More

Best Writing Advice I Ever Got

I've been in the communications business a long time?over 25... Read More

Going On A Word Diet

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

The Spectre Hound

And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring, and... Read More

Put a Spin on Your Idea!

Eight or nine times out of ten, picking up and... Read More

Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the Rescue

Writing technical articles is a challenge. There you sit, surrounded... Read More