Category Writing

Ovecoming Writer’s Block

Writing

Ovecoming Writer’s Block

by: Zaak O’Conan

What is writer’s block?
Well, I just can’t think of a single darn thing to say. Oh well, I’m outta here!
Sound familiar? No! Oh, get real! We’ve all experienced this phenomenon when we absolutely have to write something, particularly on deadline. I’m talking about. . . . .uh, I can’t think of what the word is . . . oh, yes, it’s on the tip of my tongue . . . it’s:
WRITER’S BLOCK!!!!
Whew! I feel better just getting that out of my head and onto the page!
Writer’s block is the patron demon of the blank page. You may think you know EXACTLY what you’re going to write, but as soon as that evil white screen appears before you, your mind suddenly goes completely blank...

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How to Create Stories that Sizzle

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How to Create Stories that Sizzle

by: Caterina Christakos

How to Start Your Story with a Bang
The purpose of creating a story is to create a world that will draw the reader away from their own. In order to do this one must create suspense, drama and mystery. Your reader must absolutely need to get from page to page, to find out what happens.
There are several simple techniques to get your story going and draw the reader in. Here are just a few:
1) Start in the middle of a problem.
Ex. A lover’s quarrel, a murder, a personal dilemma
2) Start with an unusual environment
Ex. Alice in Wonderland, the beginning of the final frontier, a journey to a new world
3) Start with action
Ex. A gun has just been fired, A woman is deciding whether to jump or not, A hospital ER being mobilized
4) Start w...

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Deadlines Can Be A Writer’s Best Friend

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Deadlines Can Be A Writer’s Best Friend

by: Bonnie Boots

I click the “send” button on my e-mail and my article is instantly transmitted to a magazine. Minutes later, I have a reply from the editor. It reads “Snappy writing and five days before deadline! Thanks, Bonnie. You’re an editors dream.”
I believe I’m a good writer, but more important, at least as far as editors are concerned, I’m a disciplined writer. I never miss a deadline. I hear other writers grousing about deadlines, even disregarding them until an unhappy editor prods them. That’s a shame, because respecting deadlines can help you mature personally and professionally.
The word “deadline” can be traced back to the Civil War when prisoners were sometimes secured with nothing more than a line drawn in the dirt...

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How to Find a Publisher for Your First Book

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How to Find a Publisher for Your First Book

by: Gary R. Hess

Finding a publisher can be very strenuous. In fact, it may even be harder than actually writing the book itself.
There are three things to remember when finding a publisher for your book:
1) These things take time, even Stephen King was not signed the first night. Be patient, book publishers are quite busy and may take a while to get back to you. Just keep positive, if your book is good a publisher will sign you.
2) Start big and work down. Submit your book to the largest publisher first, then work yourself downward. Chances are, if a large publisher signs you the more money you will see in return...

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Where to Find Writing Jobs Online

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Where to Find Writing Jobs Online

by: Abdallah Khamis Abdallah

A freelance writer’s best resource of finding jobs online are Job boards or sites. While some boards are geared specifically to the freelancer, many others also list other type of jobs.
Some job boards allow freelancers to register their profiles and credentials for prospective employers to peruse, others allow resumes and classified ads to be posted. Other sites such as www.elance.com enable employers to post jobs and freelancers to bid fees for the jobs. The site earns a place for any jobs awarded. There are other sites similar to www.elance.com such as www.contractedwork.com.
There are many writing job boards online and it is not that difficult to discover them...

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