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Water to Swim In


Not long ago, I took stock of my unrealized desire to be a published writer, or maybe I should I say ‚??Writer‚?? with a capital ‚??W.‚?? For some reason it always seemed a lofty goal, to want to see my byline in print. I found this trepidation totally uncharacteristic to every other area in my life. For twenty years, I have ministered to women both in small home group settings as well as conferences. Especially in conference settings, friends would ask, ‚??Are you nervous?‚?? Almost every time I could answer truthfully that I was not. I could easily stand up in front of hundreds of faces and feel quite confident in my own abilities. Yet, to put an article or query in the mail, or to push the send button to some unknown editor elicited in me, absolute, consuming insecurity.

Keeping a Love Journal


Do you love someone very deeply? A spouse, son, daughter, or maybe a group of people. February 14 is Valentine‚??s Day. This unofficial holiday is a day card companies started to increase their business and has evolved into more over the years. It is a day of reflection, a day to show someone else you care, a day to see the love we have for ourselves as well.

Writing Query Letters that Count -- Close the Deal with Your First Letter!


Your query letter can be a deal maker or a deal breaker. So, if your query letter just lies there, you've killed the sale immediately or your story or novel immediately. If you want that story -- your baby -- to be read, reach out of that query letter, grab the publisher, editor or literary agent by the neck and say, "Hey, you absolutely have to have this story!" Query letters that begin with "Hello, My name is. . ." have as much chance of selling as vacation trips to Baghdad. Remember, your query is like a rťsumť?s cover letter, and if you're in a competitive industry, that cover will sell you far more than the resume will. So, you have to grab the reader with your first sentence. To do this, make him believe that he desperately needs what you're selling. Following are a few tips on how to do it.

Writing the 8 WebCopy Headline Categories


My article this issue is an excerpt from a book I was reading recently titled; The Copywriters Handbook by Robert Bly, a secondary small niche I focus on a bit. It categorizes the different types of headlines which are most common and in use today.

To Transcribe or Not To Transcribe Interviews?


11 Secrets from an Experienced Interviewer

A Simple Contest with a Strong Message: Wake Up Your Writing Spirit


The Blogfest 2005 Writing Contest has only been running for two weeks and already the results are overwhelming. And not because we?re getting far more entries than we expected. It?s because along with entries, we?re also getting heartfelt messages from writers all over the world. I?ve run a few contests before and received quite a few entries, but I?ve never been personally emailed and thanked by so many writers.

Ten Tips To Get Started Writing Your Book


You are far more likely to successfully write and publish your book if you follow these tips before you write a single chapter.

7 Essential Letter Writing Strategies


Based on the feedback that I have been getting from visitors to my writinghelp-central.com Web site, letter writing is definitely the area where most people are looking for help or guidance when it comes to day-to-day writing.

Use Real-Life Templates For Writing Success


At some point along the way, most of us have used what are commonly called "fill-in-the-blank" writing templates. We might have used them to write a letter, format an essay, or set-up a resume or CV.

Recommendation Letters Demystified


There is a lot of confusion about recommendation letters.

Writing Business Letters That Get The Job Done


Despite the widespread use of e-mail in commerce today, traditional business letters are still the main way that the majority of businesses officially communicate with their customers and other businesses.

10 Secrets For Writing Killer Complaint Letters


Complaint letters aren't always fun, but sometimes they need to be written. In many cases, if people don't complain, the problem agency at fault (i.e. company or government) won't even know that the problem that you and others may have experienced even exists.

How To Write Cover Letters That Work


Sometimes there is confusion about the exact meaning of the term "cover letter".

7 Secrets For Beating Writers Block


Most people can easily identify with the dreaded "writer's block". It is a well-known phenomenon that just about everyone has faced at one point in their lives.

10 Secrets For Everyday Writing Success


During my 25-year career in a variety of professional positions in both the private and public sectors I have written literally thousands of letters and memos and hundreds of reports. If I had to boil-down everything I've learned about practical day-to-day writing for both personal and business purposes into 10 key points, this would be my "top 10 list".

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