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Writer's Book of Hopea tool for writers who have
found their courage and now need hope: that their work is good,
that it will be published despite the inevitable rejections,
that readers will actually buy it. "Frustration is the natural
habitat of writers at every level," writes Keyes, a trustee of
the Antioch Writers' Workshop, and his goal here is to lead
writers out of the darkness of despair and into the light of
Things You Can Write
About And Publish!The stories and
articles you can write about are only limited by your imagination,
ingenuity and persistence. And your ability to dig deep into and write
well about a potentially good story or article can make you a published
How do you decide where to begin a
novel? Articles suggest a novel should begin by showing the main
character in her 'normal life' before introducing the incident that starts
the story. Is that essential?
Before you toss your newest story in the trash, revisit it using many of the
same guidelines editors keep in mind when they review your work. If you follow these guidelines, you will be many steps closer to
placing your short story in a well-known literary journal.
If descriptive writing aims to appeal to your
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While the submission process may feel like second nature to
experienced writers, it's easy to forget that newcomers aren't
aware of the specific procedures. And since everyone can benefit
from a refresher course now and then, here's a rundown of the
You have an idea! But suddenly, the
evil specter of
indecision rears its ugly head and your bottom lip becomes a gnashing pad
while you ponder the problem of just how to get that story down. Sound
Whether you're working on a short fiction piece or a full length novel,
these steps will enable you to clearly see the story.
The Writer Magazine, in an article by Chuck Leddy, names ten great
writing books published in 08. These are books that helped writers to hone
their craft and get published. Which books will make it to your holiday wish
Books & Culture
engages the contemporary world from a Christian
perspective in a lively mix of essays, memoirs, interviews, excerpts from
new and forthcoming books and other regular features. While the magazine's
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. editors are more receptive to unfamiliar writers
queries on short articles than they are to feature length article ideas.
This book gives good, practical advice, especially on rewriting, reading
your article out loud, and having another set of eyes look at it.
Straying from the anticipated ending to
a twist makes for good
reading, pleasing the editor, and upping your chance of getting
accepted. But be wary.
Read more in Awesome Endings
Insult Your Editor Pulling a new "good one" on an editor is difficult. But authors are creative, and some put their hearts into insulting editors.
The freelance writer's guide
to getting published. Practical, how-to instruction for writing & selling fiction,
non-fiction, poetry & scripts; information on new markets for manuscripts;
profiles of bestselling authors; ideas & inspiration.
For the author of commercial fiction, writing an
effective opening is critical. Studies show that an editor--the author's
first reader--will develop an opinion of the work in the first three novel
pages. Discover the three ways to win your first and most important reader.
We pour our energies into creating art with words; we focus our effort on the
perfectly turned phrase; we seek not only to educate and illuminate, but to do
it beautifully. Why, then, can it be so difficult to write a simple query letter
to gain a publisher's interest in our works?
The Basics Oh, that most maddening of documents! For so
many of us eager to move forward with our nonfiction projects, it looms
large like a guard at the queen’s castle, blocking the path to
publication. Its perfection eludes us yet it stands there teasing,
“Complete me, or your manuscript will never see the light of
If your passion doesn't pay the bills, take a look at this book
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"This is a book," says author Lucy V. Parker, "about commercial writing,
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Maybe you're one of those lucky writers whose head is
with ideas. Or perhaps you have one idea that's been nagging you for weeks,
always at the edge of your thoughts. Either way, you're itching to begin
writing. That's good. But before you rush headlong into your story, stop and
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Self-publishing guru Dan Poynter shows aspiring authors how to break down
topics into easy-to-attack projects, do research, develop material, find an
editor, evaluate publishing options, and even handle fame once the book
becomes a bestseller.
Generating Innovative Ideas for
There is nothing scarier than staring at a blank piece of paper with a
deadline quickly approaching. Whether you're
writing a column, article, or essay, the following ten techniques will help
you find the topic or angle you are
Through their many bestselling
books, Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron have done nothing less than deepen
the way millions of us experience the art and practice of writing and
creativity. Now for the first time, Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg join
forces in a revealing dialogue that speaks to our common search for an
everyday spirituality, with The Writing Life
If you've tried to publish it, you've received rejections. We've
all heard stories of the author who was rejected hundreds of
times before finally getting published and becoming a
millionaire. That's my story too, except for the millionaire
Creating believable characters is an essential element of
fiction. The story rest on your characters shoulders. If they don't
hold up then your story collapses. So how do you make believable
Learn intuitive Writing: Try it with the
writing exercises explained in this article.
Writing a Great Short Story
by Lee Masterson
Short stories can be an excellent way to break into the competitive field of
fiction publishing. Novel publishers are more willing to look at work
written by an author whose work has already appeared in print. Magazines and
periodicals love the short form, so selling the work can often be simpler
than pushing an entire novel manuscript. Readers are more willing to pay
money for work from an author they are already familiar with. Most
importantly, though, short stories provide a fertile ground for bigger ideas
to spring from.
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1,818 Ways to Write
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A concise point-blank instructional book perfect for those of us who need
step-by-step guidance and instruction on writing better. Includes chapters on
overcoming writer's block and ways to find the right agent for your work. I
highly recommend this one for the beginning or seasoned writer.
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exemplifies the best of a writing workshop: thought-provoking instruction, a
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