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

A Passion for Writing, About War and Love, Is Celebrated Decades Later
New York Times
Mr. Donaldson, who died last month at 95, kept carrying mail and writing. Not only novels — a few of which survive as manuscripts, not ashes — but also stories and poems that include verses written from the battlefields of Europe during World War II ...


Authors: When it comes to good writing, the stubborn do best
Connecticut College
Jenny Morrissey '18, right, has her books signed by authors Colum McCann and Jessica Soffer '07. McCann and Soffer were on campus to discuss their work and the process of writing as part of Connecticut College's Daniel Klagsbrun Symposium on ...


DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb County residents taking novel-writing challenge
DeKalb Daily Chronicle
About 400,000 people across six continents are estimated to be participating this year in National Novel Writing Month, which is in its 16th year and now has 616 affiliated chapters. The DeKalb chapter has 694 members, according to National Novel ...


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St. Bonaventure offers new writing major
wivb.com
“Writing isn't just ink-on-paper any more. Technology has dramatically changed the way writers write and the way readers read,” Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the Russel J. Jandoli school of Journalism and Mass Communication, said. “It has also changed ...


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How to Improve Your Business Writing
blogs.hbr.org (blog)
You probably write on the job all the time: proposals to clients, memos to senior executives, a constant flow of emails to colleagues. But how can you ensure that your writing is as clear and effective as possible? How do you make your communications ...


Start writing your memoir: Workshop offers tips
MLive.com
memoir writing A workshop Dec. 7 at Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters focuses on writing a memoir.File photo | MLive.com. GRAND RAPIDS, MI - If holiday gatherings make you think about preserving and passing on your life story, a workshop on ...


Writing to the Beat
New York Times (blog)
Discounting the time Mr. Thomas threw me out of English class for tapping out a bossa nova beat on my desk to back up his reading of “The Canterbury Tales,” it took years for me to appreciate the relationship between rhythm and writing, and years more ...


Writing the Frontier: Michener grad Kieran Fitzgerald pens The Homesman
Austin Chronicle
"From the outset, the going mantra in our mini writing room was that we were essentially unpacking the absurd idea of westward expansion," he says, gazing out over the Driskill's cowhide upholstery and Western-inspired wall hangings. "We inflicted so ...
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Don't Get It In Writing
National Review Online (blog)
It wouldn't raise the political cost to Obama or the Democrats for having rewritten immigration law. It would make Republicans look petty and unreasonable, unwilling even to listen to the president. (Make that “to the black president.' You can write ...


Finding Time To Write During A Busy Holiday Schedule
Huffington Post
When your schedule is packed, it's hard to justify taking the time to write and easier to tell yourself, I'll just do it tomorrow. But too many “tomorrows” later, you may find yourself in the middle of January with nothing but a pile of blank pages ...

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Top Ten Reasons Its Great To Be A Writer

10 - You will always have a job. As long... Read More

In Praise of Personal Pronouns

Rudolph Flesch, a pioneering advocate of readability, put great stock... Read More

Beginners Blues: How to Collect Samples, Testimonials, and References as a Freelancer

Beginner's Blues: How to Collect Samples, Testimonials, and References as... Read More

6 Ways to Jump-Start Your Writing Day

1. PLAY A GAME LIKE SOLITAIRE....for half an hour or... Read More

Write A Better Newsletter!

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Voice in Narrative and Dialogue - A Contrast of Writing Styles

One of the nice things about being an author is... Read More

Water to Swim In

Not long ago, I took stock of my unrealized desire... Read More

Novel to Screenplay: The Challenges of Adaptation

ADAPTATION 101Brimming with confidence, you've just signed the check purchasing... Read More

How to Outline your Book and Chapters with Mindmapping

Mindmapping is better than linear outlining because authors can use... Read More

Through the Eyes of an Artist

As writers, we initially tend to be either more cerebral... Read More

Vital Verbs

Remember back in the dark days of your school years... Read More

Should You Hire a Ghostwriter?

Have you heard the term 'ghostwriter' and wondered what they... Read More

Open a Vein

If you want to be a writer, you must write... Read More

Creating a Writing Space

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Most of us hate housework.Nevertheless, even the most hopeless slobs... Read More

The Makings of a Personal Essay, Really

Sometimes I can be dense when it comes to realizing... Read More

Why Manners Maketh the Freelance Writer

Lately I've been noticing an odd trend amongst the freelance... Read More

Does Your Theme Contain Character, Conflict, Resolution?

Creative Writing Tips ?For a theme to work and the... Read More

Writing Dialogue That Make Your Characters Come Alive

Characters in a good novel really carry the story along... Read More

Common Writing Mistakes - Are These Holding You Back From Writing Success?

During the years that I've been teaching writing and participating... Read More

Persisting With Bulldog Determination

Persisting With Bulldog Determination [Book excerpt from Successercising} by Rick... Read More

Writing Requires Self-Control

The only way to become a writer is to write.... Read More

Editing

EditingExpect, allow, and accept that every first draft will represent... Read More

Story Structure - Final Conflict

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

Have You Completed A Character Questionnaire?

Creative Writing Tips ?Complete a character questionnaire for each of... Read More