Making Better Word Choices ? 4 Examples
Choosing the wrong words can have a poor effect on your writing and on you. Whether you are writing a cover letter for a job, a business proposal, or an application essay for graduate school, using words poorly can result in negative feedback. One could find entire books regarding word choices for writers; this article will touch on some fundamental, but important ways to choose the correct word for your situation.
How to Build Your Site with Other Peoples Content -- Part 1
Building a new website can be extremely exciting. Seeing your words in "print"--maybe for the first time... what a thrill! At least that?s how I feel...
Sell More Books With a Powerful Back Cover
Did you know that your back cover information is, after the cover, the best way to sell more books? And, that most authors, emerging and experienced, miss this opportunity to engage more potential buyers?
Publish Your Novel on the First Try
Rejection. This scary word plagues virtually every writer this side of John Grisham. It stops many writers in their tracks and often leads them to a new line of work. If your one of the millions of Americans who have a passion for writing and dream of seeing your novel on the shelves of Barnes & Noble and Borders Books, don't let fear of Rejection scare you off. Follow this simple formula, and you can publish your novel on the very first try.
How to Avoid the 11 Biggest Mistakes of First Time Authors
?If you want to change your life,? Harry Beckwith wrote in The Invisible Touch, ?write a book.? But writing a book can also be tremendously frustrating and unrewarding.
Whether you are working for a small business, large corporation, or are a student, there are numerous sources that you can turn to for help with writing. Businesses need to be able to effectively communicate with their customers, their employees and their potential customers. Effective verbal communication is equally important, but nonverbal communication in the form of copy writing, article writing, press release writing, and more requires a certain level of expertise and experience.
Know Your Editing Choices
Each author has special editing needs. To save yourself time and money, look at the choices below and decide which kind of editing suits your needs.
Bring Out the Natural Writer in You
Think you can't write a book that will sell? You aren't a natural writer? In fact, you don't really like to write?
Sick of the Traditional Publishing Path?
A book coaching client recently emailed me that she was getting sick of traditional publishing because of so many costly requirements and so little payoff. Do you feel the same way?
Know your Audience Before you Write Your Book or Web Site
If you want happy customers to use your service or buy your book, you need to focus on their needs and desires.
A Perfect Day for Writers
In one of the exercises in my "Getting Started as a Freelance Writer" workshop, I ask participants to describe what a "perfect day" would be like for them.
Whats in a Name? Giving Birth to your Characters
So you?ve got your plot outlined, a title lined up and the research is done. You?re ready to start writing your novel. But wait. Now comes the fun part: creating names for your characters. One of the best things about being a writer?besides the innate ability to create imaginary worlds?is giving birth to a character and then bestowing a name upon him or her. True, you didn?t carry the character in your womb for nine months (especially if you?re male). But he or she could?ve been in your head for nine months?or nine years. So choosing a name for your characters seems almost as important as the one you would give your own child.
Writers Helping Writers - A Noble Legacy
It is satisfying to be a part of such a noble tradition and to know that as a
whole, writers are still inclined to lend a hand and encourage others in
their craft. I think it is an inherent trait in the writer's soul, to be so
generous. And in our time the Internet has allowed these efforts to be
more obvious, has provided more opportunities for this warm tradition to
be observed on a global scale.
Message to Online Writers: Dont Give Up On A Good Idea
The writing community is a strong one, with many new "members"
joining daily. All theser writers are finding or looking for their particular niches. Many are looking for solid information on how to get started making money through online writing. Others use newsletters to boost their fan base, market their work or services ... you all know exactly what I'm writing about, since most of you who are reading this are in the same position.
And What Do You Do? ... How To Know When Youre a Writer!
It's the funniest thing. When someone asks me what I do for a living, I tell them, "I'm a writer." The standard response is, "No, really, what do you do?" Somehow, I always flounder in the conversation because I never expect that type of response.
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Knock-Out Writers Block: Listening To Your Inner Voice
When I was young, I used to talk to myself. Long, drawn out, one-sided conversations. I didn't have an imaginary friend, I just talked to myself. My mother says that's why I became a writer: because of my overactive imagination. I admit she may be right. Those conversations currently get me through my worst cases of writer's block.
Voice in Narrative and Dialogue - A Contrast of Writing Styles
One of the nice things about being an author is that we can break
any rule we want. (I just did.) It's part of our job description.
Language changes through usage -- definitions, spelling, grammar
-- and authors can help it do this. But on the other hand, we
have to have some sort of agreement on the language or we won't
be able to talk to each other.
A Writers Tools
If you are like most writers, you're constantly searching for tips on technique that will help you to increase your chances of publication. You eagerly pounce on articles that tell you how to plot better, write better and sell better. In addition, you occasionally buy books on writing, or do a writing course, or attend a seminar.
Plotting Problems - Episodic Writing
The rejection letter says: "Your story, on the surface, appears to be well-told and has appealing characters. However, the writing is episodic; the story lacks direction."
Passionate About Writing?
I'm a writing fool! 2 book proposals, 1 user's guide, a business technology analysis paper, and a FileMaker Pro 7 application! Can you say, "RedBull?" Actually, my preferred energy drink of choice is Monster. But I'll save my energy drinks discussion for another time.
Time to Write
SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER?
Linguaphone Language Learning Solutions
Language Training - A key to Global Communication
The Daily Rite
If you want to be a writer, then you must write - you must write something every day.
Extreme Research: 10 Snappy Rules For Success
So you want to learn to research well, and not waste any time. Let's do it. Here are a few NECESSARY preliminary points.
Memories Dont Fade Like Hair Does: Memoir Writing Help for You, Our Elders, to Tell Your Story
~~~Old age, to the unlearned, is winter; to the learned,
it's harvest time. ~ Yiddish saying~~~
How To Be A Published (Non-Fiction) Author
1. Turning your idea into a book
Proof Positive: the importance of proofreading
Last week I was having a quick browse on eBay when something caught my eye. "Black patient shoes!" screamed the headline. "Must see!"
Writers Block - Melting the Ice
What does one do as a writer who loves writing and feels empty of creativity?
Writing Secrets You Must Know
Writing better is critical for students. But it's even more important for business communicators.
The Writer and the Web
If your dream is to get published, the chance is before you.
The web has opened the portals of opportunity to all aspiring writers, freelance writers, established writers
actually to all writers. It's a whole new world with unlimited
access to ideas and subjects for writers. Endless resources
and information are available at the click of your
mouse to help you get started and keep you going.
Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the Rescue
Writing technical articles is a challenge. There you sit, surrounded by reams of research, notes and interviews. Where do you start?
The Iniquitous Slip
All the famous writers I heard of could paper the walls of their offices with rejection notices.
Learn to Write Like a Pro
Many writers write for the experience. Others dream of having a number one best seller. Both are wonderful reasons for writing. What many fail to realize is that these two do not have to be mutually exclusive. With a little research, you can enjoy writing incredible stories and see to it that they generate a profit.
7 Journaling Tips
Set your journal or diary where you will see it everyday, i.e., on your nightstand, at your desk, where you have coffee. This will help to remind you to journal.
Freelance Writing: A Career From Anywhere
An island in the Mediterranean. A beach in Africa. The east coast of New Zealand. What do all these locations have in common? A recent call for assistance from freelance writers elicited replies from every one of these locations. In each of these and in many other remote places, I know of writers who are freelancing with a fair degree of success. Indeed it is possible for freelance writers to work from anywhere.