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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.

How to Catch the Writing Bug


----------------------------------------------------------Permission is granted for the below article to forward,reprint, distribute, use for ezine, newsletter, website,offer as free bonus or part of a product for sale as longas no changes are made and the byline, copyright, and theresource box below is included. ---------------------------------------------------------- How to Catch the Writing Bug By Stephen Bucaro If you earn income as a writer, or use writing as amarketing tool, you know how difficult it can be at timesto write.

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 ingenious the plot, we will toss the story aside without a second thought.

Balance Your Life


Balance your life -----------------------  Writing is a solitary task. Writing needs concentration and quiet.

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.

Want to start a publishing revolution?


Calling all publishers, editors, journalists and freelance writers. It's time to breathe more life into your copy.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

Applying KISS Principle in Writing


I have added a new word to my vocabulary. Logorrhea.

10 Tips To Help You Pack More Power Into Your Business Writing


1. Before you write anything down define not what you want to say, but what your message must achieve.

How To Be A Published (Non-Fiction) Author


1. Turning your idea into a bookWith non-fiction books the question of whether or not to write one has to be a business decision, rather as you would take over any new product or service.

How To Write More Powerful Reports


There is one key difference between reports and most other forms of business writing, and we get a hint of that in the word, "report." Whereas with many other forms of written comms you can be a little creative and put your own slant on your words, in a report you must not.

Five Golden Rules for Writers


Regardless of what sort of writer you are and how much you love to write, there are probably days when you'd rather clean ditches than face another blank page.As writers, we face common challenges; staying motivated and confident, avoiding "writer's block," and meeting goals (on time!) are some of the toughest.

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Washington Post (blog)

'Rigorously disentangle' and other examples of bad federal writing
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Lifehacker

Four Basic Writing Principles You Can Use in Everyday Life
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Writing starts way before you put letters to a page. It involves processes like critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Even if writing feels like pulling teeth, you can apply the principles of writing to many facets of your day-to-day life ...

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Your Letters: End of Life Decisions and Writing Your Story
New York Times
Advance Directives. A Difficult Request. TO THE EDITOR: Re “Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia” (Jan. 20): I am 88, have all my mental faculties, keep reading the papers and my medical literature, pump iron and can still drive at night.



New York Times

Is Being a Writer a Job or a Calling?
New York Times
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Benjamin Moser and Dana Stevens discuss whether being a writer is just a job or a loftier ambition. By Benjamin Moser. Even the best writing won't have the ...



At 100, Dartmouth Grad Still Writing His Class Notes
NPR
There aren't many members of the class of '35 left. GERSON: There are only three alive. SIEGEL: So for each issue, he makes sure to write about his two surviving classmates - Irv Sager and Ed Reich, or Eddy. GERSON: Before I write a column every month, ...



Only On 2: LAPD Officer Announces Ticket-Writing Plans On Facebook
CBS Local
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TechCrunch

Tumblr introduces a new interface designed for long-form writing
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AP's 'robot journalists' are writing their own stories now
The Verge
It's a story without a byline, or rather, without a human byline — a financial story written and published by an automated system well-versed in the AP Style Guide. The AP implemented the system six months ago and now publishes 3,000 such stories ...
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Foreign Policy (blog)

Writing in the professional military: I tried it and I was not attacked by sea ...
Foreign Policy (blog)
By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. January 29, 2015; facebook twitter google-plus reddit email. Writing in the professional military: I tried it and I was not attacked by sea.



New York Times (blog)

Reader Idea | Using an Op-Doc Video to Teach Argumentative Writing
New York Times (blog)
Below we share an idea from Allison Marchetti, an English teacher at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Va., who uses an Op-Doc video about the problem of Internet addiction among China's youth to teach argumentative writing to her ninth graders.


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