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:


What annoys famed authors about their own writing
Chicago Tribune
Here's one tic I wish I could tame in my writing: colons. I love colons. A colon is more emphatic than a comma, tidier than a dash. It's a tiny drumroll that tells the reader: Get ready. Something important or shocking is on the way. Because I love ...


New York Times (blog)

Will an App Change Your Writing Life?
New York Times (blog)
I'm a messy writer. I don't mean that my handwriting is bad (although it is), or that my desk is cluttered with empty mugs and books and baggies of trail mix (although it, too, is). I mean I tend to compose right in a browser window, alongside a whole ...


Press Herald

Author Lily King loving Maine, on a roll and up for writing prize
Press Herald
Though King has written in every place she has lived – and there have been many stops along the way – Maine serves as a touchstone for the 51-year-old writer, a spiritual and emotional landing spot in a chaotic life. In Maine, she found an agreeable ...


MyCentralJersey.com

Library wants patrons to write a novel in 30 days
MyCentralJersey.com
It's A Novel November at Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ)! Start jotting down ideas — or writing your novel— in these SCLSNJ notebooks that will be provided while supplies last at the National Novel Writing Month programs held at ...

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Writing The Non-Western Past: The Challenge Of Moving Beyond The Clichéd ...
Huffington Post
At the Kriti Festival of South Asian Arts & Literature recently, the same question kept rearing its irritating head: do we (in this case, writers of South Asian heritage) have a responsibility toward the culture we represent in our books and stories ...

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Huffington Post

Dave Hickey: 'I Will Never Retire From Art or Writing'
Huffington Post
Whatever you think of writer/critic Dave Hickey, you have to give him this: He speaks his mind. Retired from "The Art World" but still more than willing to talk about art, Dave has been experimenting using Facebook as his water cooler but feels that as ...

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The best way for students to become writers
Washington Post (blog)
What is the best way for students to become writers? If you were going to say “by practicing writing,” you may be surprised by the answer in the following post, written by Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.


Wilbers: Seven criteria to consider before writing
Minneapolis Star Tribune
I've been asking participants in my writing seminars those three questions. Years ago a few people would say they loved it, a few would say they hated it and a majority would say they had mixed feelings. Recently, opinions have shifted. These days ...


BU Today

Award-Winning Poet New Creative Writing Program Director
BU Today
Costello says that in seeking a successor to Epstein, “we were looking for a creative writing director who is himself not only a skillful writer with an international reputation, but also a learned writer, ideally with extensive knowledge of the ...


House Dem writing bill to stop Nazis from getting Social Security benefits
TheBlaze.com (blog)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Monday she's preparing to write a bill to make sure Nazi war criminals aren't given U.S. Social Security benefits. Her comment was a reaction to an Associated Press investigation that found some Nazis and ...

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Crime Writing Beckons

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Vary Your Writing Style and Win Readers

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Writing Made Them Rich #2: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Portsea, England, in1812. His father... Read More

Planning Time To Write

In his book, "Achieving Financial Independence as a Freelance Writer,"... Read More

How to Create Incredible Characters Easily

Creating incredible characters can be easy if you know of... Read More

The Hard Facts About Editing

Whether you're interviewing for a new job, trying to woo... Read More

Prolific Writers

Prolific authors write; they don't just dream about it. A... Read More

Starting a Freelance Writing Career (or How I Sifted Through the Muck and Found My Way)

So, the decision is final. I am a writer.Actually, I... Read More

What Can Go Into A Plot?

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Recently, I was hunting for a book that would simply... Read More

7 Reference Books for Your Desk

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

On Writing and Poetry: Harry Calhoun in Conversation

"This is just brilliant. The whole interview is incredible? I'm?... Read More

Got an Idea? Turn it into a Novel in Thirty Days or Less!

People can't believe I did it, but I did. I... Read More

The Myths of Writing: Have You Bought Into These?

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

Mama Dont Allow No Fighting in Your Writing

When you sit down to write a steamy romance, a... Read More

7 Journaling Tips

Set your journal or diary where you will see it... Read More

5 Effective Web Writing Tips

Writing for the web is very different from writing for... Read More

Hey Cient, this is Me! Find Your Writing Voice and Sell Yourself

In a crowded market, clients will be seeking personality as... Read More

Writers Block - Melting the Ice

What does one do as a writer who loves writing... Read More

How To Identify Your Own Style Of Writing

This article is to help identify which style, technique or... Read More