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Writing For The Web: Where To Get Article Ideas


A friend and I were talking the other day about writing. He liked to write, but even so his biggest problem was finding things to write about. My friend was astounded at the volume of writing that I do - at least one article and something as many as six, per day. Where do I get all of the ideas from?

Tips On Writing A Killer Sales Letter


Writing a sales letter doesn?t have to be that difficult all you need is the right writing style and some tips to knock out a killer sales letter

Writing Press Releases That Get Noticed


Among the various foolproof methods used to boost traffic to your site (ezine advertising, and search engine submitting, to name a couple) one method seems to be forgotten about by many new Internet marketers. That method is writing press releases.

An Inside Look at Proofreading


This is the ideal topic for us all to think about. We do it everyday, especially those of us that use the Internet the majority of the time. Web pages, business letters, articles, news releases, documentation and most certainly, advertisements.

Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused - Part 1 of 6


ACCEPT, EXCEPT Not commonly seen even from unpublished writers, who are probably familiar with the difference because they're all waiting for an acceptance!

How New Authors Can Keep Their Manuscripts Coherent


In large publishing houses, many manuscripts penned by first-time authors, never make it past the "first reader" who for all practical purposes is a gatekeeper of sorts. This person's job is to weed out manuscripts that do not fit certain established submission criteria. However, many never make it to the editor's desk, simply because they are badly disorganized and downright incoherent.

9 More Writing Tips for Successful Email Marketing


A few months ago, I wrote a guide entitled: 101 Writing Tips for Successful Email Marketing. In fact, many COPY TIPS subscribers have a copy. Since that time, I have worked on dozens of successful projects and have discovered some additional tips for boosting response.

A Single Technique


Writing is hard work, and like all hard work, one tries to avoid it if possible. Yet writers feel the urge to write, the need to write, and the inspiration to write, but these are not what produces. The writer must have a technique for writing.

Strategies For Finding Topics To Write About


What possibly could I have to write about? I never was good at it anyway. It doesn't matter how hard I try, I just sit and stare and stare at a blank screen.

A Writers Tools


William Faulkner, the great Mississippi writer, said, ?The tools I need for work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.?

Review In 29 Steps Plus One


I just finished to read a book. A story for kids (yes, I like them), interesting, told with participation and sometimes irony.

8 Ways to Improve Your Writing Immediately


Is it possible to improve your writing instantly? The answer, happily, is ?yes.?

Prolific Writers


Prolific authors write; they don't just dream about it. A good example is Georges Simenon of Inspector Maigret fame. He writes a book quickly, at one sitting so to speak. The first draft of each chapter is written longhand in a single afternoon. The following morning he transcribes it with his typewriter, revising and rewriting as he types. The afternoon is spent writing the next chapter, but before this happens he outlines a plan for the novel.

Which Comes First - Short Story Or Novel?


A writer writes. Bet you've heard that one before. Or maybe this one: if you want to be a writer, first you write one word, then you write the next. Both of these old clichés are true, of course. That's how they turned into clichés. But there's another dilemma a beginning creative writer often finds himself facing: do I write short stories or novels? Writing novels is almost always the end goal. You'll find exceptions---such as Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison, who primary built their careers writing short stories---but the vast majority of successful storytellers are novelists. The real question then is this: do I jump into novel writing with both feet or do I test the waters first by writing short stories? Generally, beginning writers don't understand that these are two very different forms. They see writing a short story as easier, less intimidating. At a cursory glance, it's hard to argue with that. But if you ask a writer successful in both forms, he'll almost always tell you that short stories pose a much more difficult task. Why? Because you're working on a small canvas. The novel is a wall mural. It's expansive. You have time to fully develop your characters. There's room for movement, for growth and change, for surprises and insights, for looking back as well as looking forward. The short story is an 8x10 landscape. It's a moment in time when your character faces a critical point in his or her existence, a moment that changes everything. In a glimpse, readers must believe in your characters, in the crisis they face, in the choices they make. It's a tiny, one-dimensional surface that must appear three-dimensional. With that understanding, starting out writing short stories can still be a good proving ground for a writer. You learn quickly what works and what doesn't. You learn to write tight, to pack as much meat into as few words as possible. You learn to capture the core make up of your characters. All very valuable lessons for both the short story writer and the novelist.

Writing the Chapters of Your Life: Surprising Insights Using This Special Journaling Technique


List-making is a favorite journaling technique and is often used to quickly jot down a numbered record on topics like ?my beliefs,? ?my pet peeves,? ?the things I hate about myself,? or ?my strengths.? However, there?s a special type of list technique that moves beyond a simple itemization and into the realm of significant self-awareness.

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