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Through the Eyes of an Artist


As writers, we initially tend to be either more cerebral or emotional than perceptive. Its occurs to me that writers are driven to express what they actually haven't figured out how to say verbally, but long to say somehow.

The Dreaded Daily Word Count


Open any book on 'how to write,' and somewhere you will find a discussion of how many words you should write every day. Forget the struggle to get ourselves to the paper or the computer every day, now we have to produce a certain number of words?Me? I don't write every day (Quick! Call the Writer Police!), I don't do 2000 words, and you don't have to either.

7 Reference Books for Your Desk


I hate to admit this, but I rarely get an original idea. That's bad for a writer.

Starting a Freelance Writing Career (or Thoughts About Taking the Plunge)


Nike's ad has taken on new meaning for me of late; "Just do it!" runs through my mind like a mantra. Although my dreams have nothing to do with athletic shoes and little to do with athletics (unless you count the long list of ideas I have developed which revolve around my sons and their activities), I have spent a long time avoiding the one thing I've always wanted to do - write.

When I Run Out of Ideas


I do on occasion run out of ideas for my column writing. I do this after finishing a huge writing project like a book.

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.

Generating Nonfiction Book Titles Without a Hassle


The process of developing a working title for your nonfiction book can be a hassle sometimes. You first have to brainstorm a few titles, and if the results aren't to your liking, you are practically forced to brainstorm more possible titles --- or do you?One way to shorten this process is to have a book title bank at your fingertips that will include trigger titles, such as the ones listed below:Techniques for ----One Way to ----How to ----Handbook for -----Protecting ----Investing for ----Saving Your -----Finding Security in -----Fixing -----Getting -----Each of the sample triggers above has one or more missing words for you to fill in.

Written Communications - 6 Tips on Language & Tone


In most aspects of business, we will be expected to write a message to a client or customer, in the form of a letter, memo or e-mail. Language and tone in these communications is vital to the relationship with the recipient, and can mean the difference between a sale and a lost prospect.

Writers can Grow to be Comfortable with Criticism


On my first newspaper assignment as a critic, I was well prepared to dish it out. I was less prepared to take it.

Should You Hire a Ghostwriter?


Have you heard the term 'ghostwriter' and wondered what they do or who they work with? Although it sounds mysterious, ghostwriting is actually a very simple agreement where an individual or company hires a writer to create a work that will be owned outright by the buyer. The buyer is not required to give credit to the writer and is even allowed to claim authorship.

Passionate About Writing?


I'm a writing fool! 2 book proposals, 1 user's guide, a business technology analysis paper, and a FileMaker Pro 7 application! Can you say, "RedBull?" Actually, my preferred energy drink of choice is Monster. But I'll save my energy drinks discussion for another time.

Publication Road


The journey to having my first novel for children published has been riddled with road blocks and shonky bridges. The good news? At every rickety stage I've picked up tips (and anti-tips) which I'm happy to share with everyone.

Why Manners Maketh the Freelance Writer


Lately I've been noticing an odd trend amongst the freelance writers who contact us every week: rudeness.First there was the writer who accepted a job found on our boards and forwarded the completed assignment to the employer with the words, "Project attached.

How NOT to Get a Freelance Writing Job


In the business of freelance writing, it's not enough to be good at writing. You also have to be good at finding work - and selling yourself when you do.

To Write Successful Business & Academic Communications, Learn the Architecture of a Story


Human beings seem to be born with a gene for telling stories. Stories from our families, our communities, and the media form our worldview and shape our lives. More Articles from Writing Information:
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