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How to Write Series


How to get published in the glossies

How to write believable characters

How to write free verse poetry 

How to turn ideas into books

How to repair your short story

How to write creative fiction

How to edit your fiction-12 tips

How to find writing inspiration

How to avoid writers block

How to write a Holiday Tale

How to Organize a Book

How to Self Publish an Anthology


How To Write

How to insult an editor

How to write short fillers

How to make money writing about your hobbies

How to become a freelance article writer

How to Sign With a Literary Agent

How to write a book proposal

How to write op/ed

How to write a personal essay

How to write a press release

How to write a query

How to avoid common pitfalls

How to Respond to Rejection

How To Outgrow Write What You Know




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Don't Pester Your Editor

Writers who want to work must build relationships.  Who wants a relationship with a pest!?


You can set new goals anytime.  Why not now? Read Gayle Trent on Writing Goals.

Where Is My Narrator?  

You've sat down; mapped out your plot, identified your characters, now it's time to write.  Narrative presence? Do I even have that?


Roads as Setting in Dramatic Fiction 

  by Joy Cagil

As a writer, if your setting of a road is a real place within your reach, visit the location. Walk on it; feel it.


What is a "Platform" and Why Does an Writer Need One?   by Nina Amir

So, how does an aspiring  author achieve expert status prior to having a published book?

  The Writer's Idea Book If you feel as though your writing is stuck you must get your hands on this book. And if you're not stuck, you'll be relieved to know that you never have to be. In the Beginnings

A New Year--make it a year of great beginnings.

Writing an effective opening is critical.


Perhaps your focus isn't on the money--consider another side of writing in our two part article

By Emily Hanlon

Publish or Perish: It's Not Only for Academia, Part I


The Writer's Journey Is the Biggest Payoff of All! Part II



The Writer's Book of Hope a 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 reassurance.

Get on 'Oprah' via O Magazine

By Joan Stewart The Publicity Hound

The big mistake most people make when trying go get onto "Oprah" is failing to understand that their product, service, cause or issue isn't a perfect match with Oprah's audience.

10 Ways to Increase Your Writing Productivity

by Lee Masterson

Have you ever wondered how some writers manage to churn out so much material in such a short amount of time?

It seems these amazingly prolific authors do nothing else with their lives but write. They would have to in order to produce the sheer volume of work that leaves their desks, wouldn't they?

How to Sign With a Literary Agent
  by Suzanne Falter-Barns

If you're interested in publishing a book and gaining a market presence and income from it, you'll need a literary agent.


Anthology of Articles on Editing Your Work

These four articles are like a free mini class on editing.


Fact, Fiction & Truth: The Perils and Joys of Writing Religious Fiction   by Elizabeth Cunningham Short Story Structure Simplified

By: Deborah Owen

Short story structure has been around since the beginning of time. You can read short stories in the Bible and on cave walls. They all have the same structure; so don’t try to reinvent the wheel.


Truth or Lie: Fiction vs. Memoir

--How Memoir Writers Can Approach Truth and Healing

by Linda Joy Myers

The recent flap about James Frey's A Million Little Pieces has hit the media with a big bang, bringing the  age-old debate about what is acceptable when writing memoir--a "real" story.

Great Literature: A Great Buy 

  by Hallidae Thomason

Most people forget to spend money on one thing of great and lasting value:

good: literature.



The Makings of a Personal Essay, Really  
By Jenna Glatzer

It all comes down to one word!

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 writer.
Jenna Glatzer, author of Celine Dion's new biography and multiple books on the craft of writing explains How To Outgrow Write What You Know

Writing for Magazines  Read two articles about writing for magazines

By Jenna Glatzer .

Explore the links and learn how to write a query, a filler, a feature article. Learn how to study a market, submit a manuscript  and how to get published


35 Quick Tips for Writing A Press Release

By Catherine Franz

You need to know this.

Poets & Writers Magazine

"Poets & Writers Magazine is the must-have journal for scribes." —Baltimore Sun



The Writer Since, 1887, an indispensable magazine for both professional and aspiring writers.

Article writing simplified: Your 7 Step Guide For Cranking Out Awesome Articles     
Writing for Magazines  No matter your writing niche, or specialization, may be, you need to include time for researching new and changing publications throughout your work week. How to Write Articles That Sell


Seven Tips For Studying a Magazine Market

Study the magazines where you'd like to see your byline.


Are you using all the resources available to help you get published?  Read Gone Fishin'... in Other Writers' Bios  By Jenna Glatzer   The Playful Way to Serious Writing  "a way to break that shell of fear," "bypass the inner voice that stops you" and " lose yourself like a child in the magic of creating."


The economy is picking up and so are freelance assignments. Read: It Pays to Keep Writing

The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency As a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less


Storylines Crop Up at the Oddest Moments 

  by Jim Green

Three hours later I had completed the first four chapters; a few days later I had my first draft, and by the end of the week a final manuscript that was good enough for submission.

My Ten Best Writing Tips EVER
Copyright © 2003 by Angela Booth

Decades of experience, summarized for you. Not just a list, a path to success.

 The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success The Freelance Success Book: Insider Secrets for Selling Every Word You Write
The top five myths about writing are:

Read Busted: 5 Writing Myths

by Deanna Mascle

22 Ways to Make Money as a Writer

I know, if your primary goal was to achieve wealth, you probably wouldn't pursue a writing career, but since we have bills to pay, enlarge your definition of writing to make some bucks.


Point of View in Fiction Writing

Avoid these six mistakes


Start your Novel

 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?

Your short story isn't dead, but it might need a serious revamp.  Read: Arouse Your Short Story And See It Published, By Ronnie Smith

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.


Does Your Book Have a Chance?

Read Peter Bowerman's take on your book project


How to Write a Holiday Tale that Isn't a Turkey  (part of our How to Write series)
©) 2003 Caterina Christakos


Don't let this sensory and evocative season pass without ideas and starts for dozens of story and article ideas.

Opportunity Spotting: Freelance Writing Is Booming    by: David Drake

$60 billion of work is now outsourced to specialists’ worldwide.  Are you getting your share?



Writing the Recipe        

Read More about Food Writing

The Recipe Writer's Handbook, Revised and Updated
Writing for Magazines  No matter your writing niche, or specialization, may be, you need to include time for researching new and changing publications throughout your work week.   Seven Tips For Studying a Magazine Market

Study the magazines where you'd like to see your byline.



A Quick Guide to Narrative Writing

by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta    

If descriptive writing aims to appeal to your reader's five senses, narrative writing aims to tell an event that occurred by providing details.

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A Crash Course in Submitting a Manuscript
by Laura Backes,

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 steps:

The Synopsis -- An Editors View 

  by Laurie Sanders

Imagine for a moment that you have just been hired as an acquisitions editor for a small publishing company...




by Jennifer Turner

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 familiar?

Whether you're working on a short fiction piece or a full length novel, these steps will enable you to clearly see the story.

 Best Writing Books

  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 list?




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Journaling: A Tool for the Spirit
by Susie Michelle

The fountain of personal wisdom may be as close as your nearest pen.

An Exercise in Imaginative Writing
by Darlene Bishop

Want to try it? Just for fun.

Five Ways To Boost Your Initiative FAST!
by Angela Booth

Discover how you can increase your self-confidence (and change your life) by boosting your initiative.


Are Anthologies a Bad Idea?

By Amy Jenkins

Should you publish in anthologies?



Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul:   With contributions from Ernest J. Gaines, Terry McMillan, Sue Grafton, Steve Allen, George Plimpton, and Ray Bradbury.


These inspiring writers have been anthologized in a collection that's sure motivate.

Make Money Writing About Your Hobby

by Nancy Hendrickson

  You Can Write for Magazines  

The Magazine Article: How to Think It,Plan it, Write it ...

How to Write an Attention-Grabbing Op-Ed in Five Steps

Add to your list of publishing credits.

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 center is Christian, Books & Culture seeks common ground with like-minded souls from other communities of faith.Try it - Risk-Free!


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 Generate Ideas That Sell  by Angela Booth

As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. You can offer your writing too, but if no one wants it, you're stuck.

Top Seven Mistakes Writers Make and What to Do About Them

Are you stuck?  Think your book project is just too big?  Dispel your discouragement! Read Judy Collins feature article.

Earn Money WRITING SHORT FILLERS  for Magazines
by Gail Miller

Is this the year you will begin to publish articles in magazines? Shorts are a great way to get started. Find an additional article on writing shorts for children at the end.

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.

Short Stuff: Writing Fillers for Children's Magazines
by Debbie Stauffer

Maybe you need a break from the longer, more tedious work of trying to put a short story together, and fillers offer you the perfect opportunity to do just that.


Shorts: A Gateway into New Markets

 . 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

You DO Have Time to Write And Here's How To Find it
by Beth Mende Conny

Seriously. Time isn't some mysterious, elusive creature. She's a heck of a lot more accessible than you think. And here are 10 easy ways to find your writing future.

What Reviewers Wish Authors Knew
by Cindy Penn

You send your baby to a book reviewer. The last thing you want to do is to tick-off the reviewer. Here's the inside scoop.

The Literary Agent's Guide to Getting Published And Making Money from Your Writing
Filled with advice from editors, agents and publishers, The Literary Agent's Guide to Getting Published shows you how to transition from writing for yourself to writing for profit. I hope it does as much for your writing career as it has done for the many authors who have used it.

 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.

 Writer's Digest
The freelance writer's gu
ide 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.

Understanding Theme and Premise
by Susan J. Letham

More than an article, this is a free mini class that is sure to pump up your prose.

Is The Theme Running Throughout The Story?
by Nick Vernon

It's no use coming up with a theme and not using it. Short stories are about a character or characters and about one situation or happening in those characters' lives.

In The Beginnings, Capture your Editors Attention

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.


The Professional Query Letter

 by Amanda Randles Stossel

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?

Taming The Book Proposal  

by Jill Nagle

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 day.”



Print On Demand
by Michael LaRocca

Should you consider POD Publishing for your writing project?  This article and its associated links will help you decide.


Having fun with clustering and nonlinear outlining
By D'Arcy Mayo

Ask yourself if you have quick, effect ways of breaking through the mental blocks that stop you coming up with fresh ideas?

The Myth of the Writing Fairy

By: Joseph Devon

Why is it so difficult to sit down and write a novel? 


Bargain Priced  Writer's Dreamkit 4.0  

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Spot the weak points in your work


Shepherds you from concept to completed story


Create and track every dramatic element

 Freelance Work Exchange: Find a freelance Job

If your passion doesn't pay the bills, take a look at this book
 How to Start a Home-Based Writing... A front-page byline in  The New York Times! A People magazine cover story! A travel assignment in Katmandu! Dream on. "This is a book," says author Lucy V. Parker, "about commercial writing, business writing, nonfiction writing. It is a book about obtaining practical, often unglamorous assignments that can pay the bills."

Write a Bestselling Book

by MP Hummingbird

Turning Ideas into Books

by Laura Backes, co-founder of

Maybe you're one of those lucky writers whose head is bursting 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 ask yourself one question: Is this just an idea, or is it a book? Free eBook offered at end of article.

Breaking into Print: How to Write and Publish your First Book

Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts...

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 Writing
by Linda Alexander
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
looking for
The Writing Life   Audio and Book available

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

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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

Touching One's Soul
-- The Ultimate Inspiration for a Writer

by Edward B. Toupin was the automatic typing of my fingers to create content so rich that I had to pinch myself to see if it was still me.

The Playful Way to Serious Writing




The Writer's Mind
by Jeff Heisler

The difference between a writer and a non-writer is that a writer doesn't have enough sense to know this should be difficult. Here's a creative method to get any manuscript into shape.

Character Creation

by Jeff Heisler

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 characters?

The Writer's Guide to Character Traits: Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types  A friendly reference" for writers who want "to create believable characters and need accurate information about personality and behavior."  


Write Your Way To New Possibilities
 by Claudette Rowley

Learn intuitive Writing:  Try it with the writing exercises explained in this article.

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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.


Writing the Short Story : A Hands-On Program
by Jack M. Bickham

Your Scrapbook Pages -- Published!
by Brandie Valenzuela

Scrapbooking--Who'd have thought this could lead to a paycheck and publishing credits. Your author has researched this market for you and provided you with listings.
Scrapbook Storytelling : Save Family Stories and Memories With Photos, Journaling and Your Own Creativity


by by Laura Backes
Let your characters speak for themselves.
Improve your writing and improve your opportunities with this six-part Writing Course.

Write At Least 1000 Words Every Day For A Week

By Jim Green

E-books Increasing in Popularity

23% of adults are likely to read an e-book in the next year. 16% said that they had read an e-book at sometime. However, there is considerable price resistance with regard to the prices consumers are prepared to pay for both hand held book readers and ebooks themselves.

The State of the Art of Publishing by Sam Vaknin Are e-books the trend of the future? Does the internet have a huge role to play in publishing?

How To Be A Better Writer
by Craig Lock

The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency As a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less

Editing Made Easy
by Lee Masterson

Is your work a reflection of your talent and ability, or is it a reflection of half a dream and a half-hearted effort?

Edit Yourself : A Manual for Everyone...

the key to clarity, accuracy and economy in any writing task

What Agents Really Want
by Natalie R. Collins

"I wish I knew what agents are looking for," a writing friend of mine said the other day. "If I could only read their minds, I'd be in!"
Insider's Guide to Getting Published : Why They Always Reject Your Manuscript and What You Can Do About It
Written by one of the most successful agents and packagers in the book publishing industry, The Insider's Guide to Getting Published is a look at everything an aspiring writer needs to know to jump-start a career as a successful author.
Five Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing
by William Meikle

We should all be constantly seeking to improve. If we do that, editorial approval will become that much easier.

How To Get Noticed By Editors And Publishers: Make Your
Strengths Shine

By: Shelley Wake


1,818 Ways to Write Better & Get Published
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.
1,818 Ways to Write Better & Get...
Seven Steps To Publishing Success    by Lee Masterson

Your publishing success is at the end of this path.

Writing Dialogue

     "Spend a few minutes brushing up on your dialogue, "the webmaster offered.

     The reader clicked on the headline saying," How could I refuse this opportunity."

 Fiction Writer's Workshop exemplifies the best of a writing workshop: thought-provoking instruction, a charismatic teacher and illuminating examples from classic and contemporary literary masters. Cover's dialogue and the many other components of great fiction.



Poetry Primer

If poetry is not your chosen genre of expression, but you would like to explore this precise form to exercise your creative use of words, explore these two articles. 

Write Free Verse and Understand Poetic Devices

 by Vivian Gilbert Zabel     

How To Write Poetry

A Poetry Handbook


E-books Increasing in Popularity by

23% of adults are likely to read an e-book in the next year. 16% said that they had read an e-book at sometime.

Journaling: A Tool for the Spiritby Susie Michelle Copyright
The fountain of personal wisdom may be as close as your nearest pen

by Deborah Greenspan

What if the publisher doesn't call you with exclamations of your ability to touch the soul of another with your pen? If you're sure your writing is worth reading, there's a new way.

Freelance Article Writing on the Net
by Jill Black Copyright © 2001

As a freelancer there are many opportunities available for working from home or providing an extra stream of income for your information publishing business through filling the needs of a widely diverse market as a paid freelance article writer both on the internet and in offline publications.

Anthologies and the Nonfiction Writer