31). Your First Steps To Becoming A Writer By : Sophfronia Scott
What's the first step to becoming a writer? You'd think it would be "write", but it's not. In speaking to other writers and from what I know of my own journey to becoming a writer, I've come to realize that the biggest obstacle for new writers is that they don't think of themselves as writers. They have trouble developing the belief that they are w...
32). About Writing: Just Get Started! By : Matthew C. Keegan
I rarely suffer from what writer’s complain about the most and that is: writer’s block. Oh, sure, if I must write on a subject that I am not familiar with, then a certain amount of trepidation and the occasional blankness will set in. Still, if I accept a project I do so believing that I know enough about the topic to produce a compelling piece. Wr...
33). Using "Tipping Point" Concepts To Market Your Book By : Sophfronia Scott
Ever wonder how trends get started? As much as we'd like to think that all trends are Madison Avenue creations propagated by the media, many times a movement is sparked by the action of a few. Then word of mouth makes it spread. Author Malcolm Gladwell examines this phenomenon in his 2000 book "The Tipping Point". There's a chapter where he describ...
34). How To Build A Story From The Foundation Up By : Katie Smith
My husband and I just purchased our first home, and we are so excited about finally “putting down roots.” We came upon the house when it was still just a skeleton; and we watched as they slowly added the ceiling and walls, plumbing, electricity, flooring, windows, and doors. We had the opportunity to select the color of paint for the walls, the sty...
35). Great Job Resumes: The First Step To Landing Great Jobs By : Paolo Basauri
How Important are Job Resumes in Securing the Perfect Job?
The function of outstanding job resumes is to get the attention of your potential employer. More than simply a listing of your accomplishments, education, skills and experience; a job resume is the first point of contact you have with the company with whom you are seeking emplo...
36). Cosmopolitan Magazine Subscriptions, The History By : David
It’s interesting to look back at the origins of Cosmopolitan Magazine, seeing their first subscription numbers (in the 25,000) range, into what it has become now. Its almost amazing how the content has evolved over the years--from a one-time family magazine back in the late 19th century--to what is now; a demographic exclusive to females.
37). 5 Reasons Every Writer Needs a Web Site By : Deanna Mascle
If you are serious about your writing, in fact even if you aren't, you need a web site. Let me repeat that -- every writer needs a web site!
If you don't believe me then here are five very good reasons why:
1. Your web site can serve as your showcase and portfolio. It can include your biography, experience, and writing cre...
38). Beginning Your Memoir Despite Family Guilt and Critic Voices By : Linda Joy Myers
When we first decide to write, we feel good about it—we have memories and stories that form who we are. We want to explore ourselves, to capture times long gone and preserve them in story form. To leave a legacy about our lives. But other voices compete with our writing—“what will people think; you should be ashamed; you will embarrass the family. ...
39). The Temptation of George Rusky. By : George Rusky
I’m writing to you to share some of my concerns and
at the same time, ask you for help.
It’s about the Internet.
The biggest problem caused by the Internet, as I can see it, is the openness and accessibility to an unlimited amount of information.
Naturally, one who can touch a key board ...
40). Turn Writer's Blocks Into Stepping Stones! By : Steven Barnes
Years ago at a presentation at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, I promised an audience to teach them to conquer this beast once and for all. Later, another instructor approached me and said “why did you say that to those people? It’s not possible.”
Poor woman. All she was saying is that SHE cannot break writer’s block, which told ...
41). Guide To Good Writing By : Matthew C. Keegan
Every writer has a favorite book or author to help them in their quest to be a better writer. For myself, it is Mitchell Ivers' Random House Guide to Good Writing which has inspired me to write and write well.
Ivers' book identifies what is good writing, voice and tone of the writing, structure and plot, grammar, and more. Wha...
42). How to Learn Great Storytelling to Increase Your Conversions By : Gail Trahd
Stories are so important to good copywriting. It’s one of the aspects of copywriting that can’t be done in a cookie cutter style and therefore isn’t answered by some of the sales letter software available on the market.
Please do not misconstrue that last statement to mean that I don’t think that sales letter software is practical. It’...
43). Applying Neuro - Linguistic Method in Creative Writing By : Daniel Hunt
A lot of Linguists and other scientists tried to establish a lot of methods to improve human memory and make the chain of thoughts and ideas more fluent and coherent. Robert Dilts was one of the scientists that established Neuro-Linguistic Programming as a way to improve writing skills and make then overall view of possibilities clearer. The scient...
44). Benefits of Journal Writing By : Nomad Rick
The benefits of journal writing are fairly well established due to the long history of journal writing. From Anne Frank to Di Vinci, journal writing has proven itself.
Benefits of Journal Writing
When considering the benefits of journal writing, it is important to set a few parameters. First, there is no age limit to usin...
45). Trigger off the Preparation for Your College Writing Right Away By : Linda Correli
"By the time students graduate high school, they should be able to produce more than disorganized self-expression or Internet chat," said Marilyn Whirry, former national teacher of the year and a member of the board that oversees the national assessment.
In 2003, the National Assessment of Educational Progress released the results of t...
46). Consider Self Publishing in Ebook Format By : Ebook Architect
Today, more than every before authors are presented with publishing opportunities that have never existed before. This is not to understate the hard work that authors have to go through to get recognition, write great books, and make a full time living from their passion of expression. However, it is to say that today, due to advances in communicat...
47). What is holding you back from being the writer you want to be? By : Deanna Mascle
As a writing instructor and coach I work with writers every day who are not reaching their full potential. What holds them back?
When you talk with struggling writers they generally mention one of three problems:
~ Lack of writing skills ~ Lack of writing opportunities ~ Lack of knowledge
As a writ...
48). Cool, Before Sending By : M6.net
Email is a wonderful tool, especially if used properly.
I’m part of a group of five or six friends, who “physically” get together most weekends (as opposed to virtually). We also email each other, usually every few days, to generally trade jokes, share news, and discuss scheduling problems to do with when we are next getting together. We are ...
49). Consistent Writing Means Consistent Results By : Matthew C. Keegan
I had an engaging conversation recently with a friend who writes for a living as I do. One question that came up from my friend to me was, “How do you write so often and so well?” Naturally, I appreciated his question and considered it to be a compliment. Goodness knows there have been times after I wrapped up a project that I wasn’t too confident ...
50). How To Write Poetry By : Steve Gillman
If you want to know how to write poetry, the first thing you have to do is write some. It doesn't matter how it turns out. Your own mistakes will become your teachers. Your own writing will motivate you to greater creativity. Now, once you start the process, how do you improve it? Here are three tips.
1. Use nouns and verbs more than a...
51). How To Make Your Writing Meaningful By : Sophfronia Scott
Writing a book is a huge endeavor. It means someone has decided to dedicate a certain amount of time to putting words on paper. But so many people don't finish what they start. Maybe they've run out of ideas. Maybe they lost interest. Maybe they got hopelessly stuck. However I believe the core of all these issues lies in one thing: the writer doesn...
52). Exploring Book Notes By : Adam Smith
Nobody likes to write papers, especially students who are forced to work their magic with the pen seemingly week after week. As hard as you try to stay ahead, another big paper is always due tomorrow. Take advantage of book notes to jump start the free flow of ideas which will save you time and heartache, in addition to the let down of getting a ba...
53). Book Shepherds: Who are they? What do they do? Should you hire one? By : Lynne Marie Zerance
As anyone who’s courageously ventured into the arena of self-publishing knows—or soon will—there’s much more involved in the process than simply sending your manuscript off to a printer, dropping off review copies at a handful of bookstores, and kicking back and waiting for the revenues to roll in.
To the uninitiated author journeying...
54). Proposal Writing Strategies By : DJ Nelson
There are two main reasons to write a business proposal. Either someone has invited you to submit a RFP (Request for Proposal); or you are trying to gain support or funding from your employer or another organization.
When drafting a proposal the most important thing to keep in mind is that the reader is looking for benefits; they want...
55). How to Get Permission to Quote Someone in Your Book By : Shawn Bremner
Note: the following information was collected by posting many questions on forums for small publishers; in many cases it represents opinions and should not be taken as competent legal advice.
As a compiler of a book of quotations, I sometimes get questions like, "How do I get permission to quote someone in a book?" or "What do the copy...
56). The War Of High Quality Writing Instruments – The Fountain Pen By : Gray Rollins
High quality writing instruments have been around for centuries and continue to exist; from the first pencils in 1584, to the quill pen, to the reign of the fountain pen from 1925 to 1940.
These high quality and highly functional writing instruments were being made around the world in beautiful styles and with an elegance and class not...
57). Nine Good Irish Quotes and Proverbs By : Niall Cinneide
The Irish, those who hail the country of Ireland, both by birth and those who simply claim it, are a God-fearing and unique group of people. It is said that everybody has been an Irish Catholic at least once in their lives. Who won’t join in the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Attributed to the Irish are hundreds of thousands of quot...
58). No More Generic Cover Letters! By : Judi Perkins
Creating a job search cover letter doesn’t need to be a laborious process. Effective cover letters are short, skimmable and easy to read (a good rule of thumb no matter WHERE your cover letter is going) – three to four paragraphs tops.
If you are answering an ad, address the requirements in the ad and speak to how your experience rela...
59). How to Get Permission to Quote Somone in Your Book By : Shawn Bremner
How to Get Permission to Quote Somone in Your Book
60). The Billionaire Writer's Secret By : Steven Barnes
During a career spanning twenty-five years of novel, film, and television work, I've two major tools most valuable: the yogic “chakras” for characterization, and Joseph Campbell’s model of the Hero’s Journey for plot structure.
These are not random choices, nor were they selected because of the many intelligent and thoughtful essays on...
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