Time-Saving Skills to Get More from Your Writing

As you set out to create your first niche non-fiction book (and hopefully your first bestseller), you will be supported by a strong motivation to keep your mind focused on the essential business at hand i.e. complete the project, achieve publication, and hit the bestseller lists.

Before that can happen though, you'll need a plan to get you underway.

MANAGING YOUR TIME TO SPEED THE PROCESS

The only time constraints are those of your own making. This is not a race and you are not competing with anyone else, so don't rush.

- Make out an action list for every day of your new adventure but don't overload it.

- Never start on tomorrow's work today. Tomorrow will be time enough.

- Take a break when hit a snag. Rest, go for a walk, watch a movie ? and come back refreshed.

- You will work best during your most creative time of the day or week. We have already established that for some people, that is very early in the morning; for others, late at night or over the weekend. Try to discover when your creative moments occur and capitalize on them.

- Don't work when you're tired or jaded. You run the risk of turning out garbage and opening the door to disillusion.

- When you're surfing the Net for information, always be on the lookout for items of relevance to your project. These could be in the form of articles and reports. They are in the public domain, so incorporate extracts if you feel they would enhance your content. If you need author consent, ask for it; permission will not be unreasonably withheld.

OPENING SEPARATE FILES FOR EVERY ASPECT OF THE PROJECT

You will have many matters to attend to (often simultaneously) in the process of writing up your material, converting it into book format, and preparing your output for publication. Make the job easier and cut down dramatically on your workload by creating separate computer files of every aspect of the project; files you can refer to instantly.

o Research findings
o Working notes
o Draft copy
o Structuring the list of contents
o Authoring resources
o Preface
o Back cover blurb
o Glossary
o Index
o Publishing options
o Proposal for publication

Coordinate your activities this way right from the start and the production of current and future produce will look after itself. It will flow off the assembly line like honey dripping from a spoon.

WHY THOSE WORKING NOTES ARE YOUR STOCK-IN-TRADE

Your various researches will have provided you with an ever-growing batch of working notes (stuff you have copied to a computer file or pulled down from web sites and printed out); notes that you should always have readily to hand when working on every aspect of the overall project. These notes are the stock-in-trade you will refer to frequently in the fulfillment of your sundry assignments.

WHY GOOD AUTHORING RESOURCES ARE ESSENTIAL

If you are to produce information products worthy of publication, products that people will want and be willing to pay for, you need access to as many efficient authoring resources as you can locate. You'll want to be able to visit a comprehensive cyberspace library for additional information? and perhaps even acquire some help with your creative writing.

Here are some other online places you can visit.

LITERARY LEAPS
Thousands of publishers, bookstores, literary locales. http://www.literaryleaps.com

BOOK MARKET
'If you are new to book marketing, you've come to the right site' ? John Kremer, editor, Book Marketing Update newsletter. http://www.bookmarket.com

PUBLISHING RESOURCES
Valuable tools and resources for the worldwide publishing community. http://www.bookzonepro.com

HOW MANY WORDS? - HOW MANY CHAPTERS?

It's never that easy to estimate the eventual length of your first work but (as a rough guide) if you are planning on turning out 10/12 chapters your word count should be somewhere between 30,000 to 35,000 words; for 12/15 chapters allow for 35,000 to 45,000 words. Do not set firm targets at the outset though because as your list of contents develops so too will the potential number of chapters in the final draft. Some material will merge with other data, some will expand, and some will disappear altogether.

HOW DRAFY COPY HELPS TO SHAPE THE FINAL PRODUCT

Even with a fully structured outline to work from (which we'll discuss in the next chapter), committing the first paragraph to your word processor can often prove problematic. When you've accomplished the opening salvo and it is to your liking, press on with the composition but stop now and again to review what you have written. Doing it this way, your output operates much in the same way as a fountain; ideas spill out presenting you with new angles and twists in direction. This will continue to happen every time you return to work on your draft copy ? and all to the betterment of the final product.

DEVELOPING A DISTINCTIVE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK

The title of your book depicts the very first words that anyone reads; it is the catalyst that determines whether anything else is read. As such it is an instrument of ultimate consequence. When the title is plumb center, it hits the bull's eye; when it's off center, it's off the wall. Treat the development of a distinctive title as essential work that you cannot start on too soon, but never settle for the first suggestion that springs to mind, no matter how brilliant it strikes you at the time. Keep working on it, polishing it, developing the power words that will transform it into a masterful catch phrase that compels the prospect to turn the pages. Even when you have done all this to your satisfaction, you may find that a publisher alters it. Don't balk or consider the change as interference. Publishers know better than authors do what constitutes a winning title.

Remember too that a powerful sub-title that sells the title itself is of equal necessity. In my new course I discuss how to wrap both into a commanding double-edged designation.

Your ability to plan for fulfilment will hinge largely on how effectively you manage your time. If this is a problem for you, draw down my complimentary e-report at this website http://1st-creative-writing-course.com/makemoney.html

Jim Green is a bestselling author with an ever-growing string of niche non-fiction titles to his credit. 'Make Money Writing Part Time' is his latest dynamic creative writing course and is available for immediate download at http://www.1st-creative-writing-cou rse.com/makemoney.html

In The News:

The Joy of Writing a Book With My Dad  The AtlanticFor much of my life, he has told me we should work on a book together. When we finally did, it was more rewarding than I could have imagined.
Why Does Writing Suck?  The CutBeth Rapp Young is an associate English professor at the University of Central Florida who studies writers and procrastination. She explains that writing feels so ...
Importance of writing for employees  People MattersWith the advent of newer technologies, no doubt humans are moving far off from age-old art of writing or penning down thoughts/memories in journal /Diary.
People of the book are still reading – and writing  The Times of IsraelThe National Library of Israel publishes statistics on the state of the country's book publishing industry for 2018, with a focus on literature's approach to kids with ...
In the Far-Flung African Diaspora, Writing by Women...  PassBlueMargaret Busby is a pioneer in the literary world. In 1967, she became the first black woman to start a publishing company in Britain. The small company, Allison ...
Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor review – love, greasepaint and the writing of Dracula  The GuardianThis is a bravura reimagining of the real-life relationship between Bram Stoker and two stars of the Victorian theatre.
GREG PAK To Lead Comics Writing Master Seminar  NewsaramaPress Release. Comics Experience is excited to announce a new Master Seminar taught by award-winning comic writer and filmmaker Greg Pak! Master ...
Writing Makes Space for Black Resistance  The Good Men ProjectFor many blacks in America, especially in the era of Trump, writing is not simply a creative or intellectual exercise; it's a vehicle that makes space for resistance, ...
For The Love of Reading I Became A Writer  Thrive GlobalWhen was the last time you went to the library or bookstore and experienced the thrill of being in a place that appeals to your sense of adventure? I remember as ...
Here's to bandit country: the Irish border, writing's new frontier  The GuardianOnce overshadowed by Dublin and Belfast, the border regions are finally being recognised for inspiring some of Ireland's best writing – and it's not all about ...
Pot Peeves: 10 Things That Dissuade Cannabis Reporters From Writing About You – And How To Avoid Them  ForbesTop cannabis, CBD, and hemp journalists explain what elements in a pitch dissuade them from covering a company. From calling yourself a leader to not ...
Worth writing home about: Meet three of Ireland's budding young travel writers  Independent.ieWhat makes a gripping piece of travel writing? Is it a delicious turn of phrase, airtight research, or an ability to transport the reader?
"Game Of Thrones" Submits Finale For "Best Writing" Emmy Consideration  HotNewHipHopThe powers behind 'Game Of Thrones' stand firmly in the face of fan defiance. Writing is an interesting art form. On one hand, many people consume and ...
University subject profile: English and creative writing  The GuardianThe critical study of — and training in — literature, including poetry, novels, plays and language.
500 Words: Chicken tale tops pecking order at writing competition  BBC NewsA story about chickens trying to cross the road has outrun the competition at this year's 500 Words contest. The judges felt Why Did the Chicken... was so finger ...
What I'm Writing  Greensboro News & RecordAuthor: Stephen Mark Rainey. City: Greensboro. Book title: ”West Virginia: Lair of the Mothman”. Publisher: Crossword Press. What it's about: While hiking in the ...
'Black B-----s' Mississippi Drive-Thru Worker Gets the Boot After Writing Racist Note on Customer's Receipt  Atlanta Black StarA restaurant worker in Oxford, Mississippi is out of a job and banned from the business's premises after printing a racist note on an African-American.
​The Stories In My Life: Ruskin Bond's writing shines in the stories of Speedy, a wise, discursive crow  FirstpostSpeedy, the crow who features in Ruskin Bond's story A Crow For All Seasons, is someone really special; his observations on life in general and stupid humans ...
Cashier fired after writing racial slur on receipt at Rock Hill Arby's  Live 5 News WCSCROCK HILL, S.C. (WBTV) - A 22-year-old woman is asking for answers after she recieved a receipt for her recent order at the Arby's in Rock Hill with a racial slur ...
Hollywood Showrunners from 'Walking Dead,' 'You' and More on Writing  VarietyCreators and showrunners from The Walking Dead," "Star Trek: Discovery," "The Chi" and more discuss the realities of writing for Hollywood.
Inside Neil Gaiman’s Rural Writing Retreat  VarietyThe "American Gods" and "Good Omens" scribe and showrunner has two spaces in upstate New York at which he creates his *content*.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a fab film writer…she totally deserves to make a Killing  The SunI ONCE received an Emmy award for best unscripted television programme but sent someone else to collect it because I was too busy writing the script for the ...
Former poet laureate to teach at upcoming writing festival  Scottsbluff Star HeraldCHADRON — The public is invited to Story Catcher Writing Festival events Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19 at Fort Robinson. Writers in Residence ...
Humorous personal story wins IHS junior top writing prize  The Ithaca VoiceITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca High School junior has received a top writing award after charming judges with her silly, true personal story about her offbeat ...
Within Temptation to Start Writing for Next Album This Fall  Loudwire2019 is looking like a historic year for heavy music with some major releases still en route, but 2020 is also starting to show some promise. One band you might ...
Writing on the Hall: Security check | Local News  Rutland HeraldThe city is trying to have more nice things — despite the attitude of whoever spray-painted “This city doesn't deserve nice things” on the boardwalk of the Creek ...
The Cold War Spy and CIA Master of Disguise Writing the History of CIA Tactics in the Cold War  History News Network (HNN)Jonna Mendez is a former Chief of Disguise with over twenty-five years of experience as a CIA officer working in Moscow and other sensitive areas. She is the ...
My Stutter Made Me a Better Writer  The New York TimesAt times it caused suffering, but it also gave me a passion for words and language.
Reflecting on David McCullough's 'The Pioneers' | Books & Writing  Manhattan MercuryNo book written by historian David McCullough has failed to fascinate readers.
‘I sometimes feel like I’m the only spy writer who never worked for the Secret Service’  The Irish TimesMick Herron has been dubbed the le Carré of his generation for his Slough House series.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD Further Break Down The Writing Behind "Bat Country"  Metal Injection.netAvenged Sevenfold strayed far from their metalcore roots in 2005 with their album City Of Evil. The record put the band on the map, and now they're taking yet ...
How to Overcome Writer's Block With Your Photography Blog  FstoppersBlogging regularly is heavily encouraged for photographers, but it's just not quite as easy as that, is it?
Over 140 Picture Prompts to Inspire Student Writing  The New York TimesA school year's worth of short, accessible image-driven posts that invite a variety of kinds of writing.
Steven Spielberg is writing a horror series you’ll only be able to at night  The VergeSteven Spielberg may not fully approve of digital entertainment competing with movies for eyes and accolades, but that isn't stopping him from writing a horror ...
HBO Submits 'Game Of Thrones' Series Finale For Best Writing Emmy  UPROXXHowever you feel about the final episode of Game of Thrones, you have to acknowledge that a large number of people did not think it stuck the landing, like ...
Made in NY Writers Room: WGA East & NYC Name Fellows For Program’s Second Round  DeadlineThe WGA East today announced the second crop of fellows for its Made in NY Writers Room, a program that provides mentorship, industry access and financial ...
Short-story writers are infinitely more creative than novelists  Irish Times“I deeply detest short-story collections – grotty binbags stuffed with the aborted novels of writers too lazy to bring their progeny to full term.” That was Frankie ...
Grace Petrie, the Folksinger Writing New Gay Anthems  The New YorkerMargaret Talbot writes about Grace Petrie, an English folk singer who writes protest songs about Brexit and income inequality and gay rights—a sort of ...
Q&A: Writing new characters, new worlds in Obsidian's The Outer Worlds  GamasutraMegan Sparks, senior narrative designer at Obsidian, gives us a rundown of how she creates the characters and worlds of The Outer Worlds.
How do you juggle writing and the day job? Surprising answers from NZ writers  The SpinoffA fledgling writer asks five of the best how they are striking a balance between work – as in, for proper money – and writing. We like writers to be poor, but in a ...
The Turkish Cookbook Has Some of the Best Cookbook Writing of the Year  Bon AppetitThe Turkish Cookbook by Musa Dağdeviren is a cookbook you'll sit down and read for hours. It's a feat of storytelling and scholarship.
Authors third novel featured at Alamance Writers Night  Lexington DispatchDr. Jill Van Horn calls her decision to become an author "a step of faith."Van Horn, who goes by Dr. J.E. Van Horn, has recently published her third book and her ...
10 Tips for Writing Better Film Scripts  FstoppersIt's not uncommon to see Hollywood directors writing the script for their own films. It's very common for us as filmmakers to write scripts for some of the films we ...
Steven Spielberg Writing TV Show That Can Only Be Viewed at Night  Dan's PapersSteven Spielberg is writing "Spielberg's After Dark," a new Quibi streaming series that will only be available to watch after dark.
From nurse to writer: Author realizes big screen dream  fortcarsonmountaineer.comFORT CARSON, Colo. — Deborah Robillard was leaving a college English class several years ago when a professor stopped her and asked what she was ...
College Station left lasting impression on Houston-based writer  Bryan-College Station EagleDeborah Elum's forthcoming children's book is the latest example of a decades-long love for writing that began in College Station.
Woman sentenced for writing bad checks  Detroit Lakes OnlineBritany Marie Kern, 26, of rural Waubun has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony issuing dishonoring checks. According to court records, ...
Divisions in Writers Guild Stir as the Battle With Agents Drags on  VarietyThe Writers Guild of America has flexed its considerable muscle in mounting the campaign to ban talent agencies from collecting packaging fees and expanding ...
Rhiannon Giddens Is Writing an Opera  The New York TimesThe musical polymath will draw on her roots in folk and opera to write a piece based on the autobiography of an enslaved African-Muslim man.
5 tips for productive writing habits | CU Boulder Today  CU Boulder TodayPublishing is a crucial component of research, but most academics would rather talk about their sex life than their writing problems. Get writing tips culled from ...
Osmosis at Hunter S. Thompson's Aspen writing cabin  Aspen Daily NewsIn a town thick with celebrity infiltration, the ghost of famed gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson still stands head and shoulders above whatever other ...
This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before  WIREDAfter training to hand-write Japanese characters, the robot could then copy words in Hindi, Greek, and English just by looking at examples.
HBO Submits Game Of Thrones Finale For 'Best Writing’ Emmy Award  LADbibleIt's no secret that Game of Thrones fans were notoriously difficult to please when it came to the final series of the show. There were loads of complaints all the ...
This 1 resume writing tip could lead to a significant salary boost, recruiters say  Fox BusinessIf you're hoping to one day make six figures in the Big Apple — or beyond — then you may want to consider hiring a professional to craft your resume.
The 'Sgt. Pepper's' Song by Paul That John Lennon Would 'Never Dream of Writing'  Showbiz Cheat SheetOn every Beatles album, you see the majority of songs credited as Lennon-McCartney tunes. However, after the early days of John and Paul writing “I Want to ...
Countess Luann Is Writing a Book About Her Palm Beach Arrest  inTouch Weekly'Real Housewives of New York' star Luann de Lesseps exclusively revealed she's writing a book about the untold story of her Palm Beach arrest in 2017.
Teachers' limited access to professional development could be driving students' writing attitudes south  Stuff.co.nzA national study shows student attitudes to writing decline between Year 4 and Year 8.
Robert Macfarlane and the Dark Side of Nature Writing  The New York TimesThe British author turns his attention to the subterranean world with “Underland.”
From Storylines to Snacks: 'Killing Eve,' 'Veep,' 'Pose' and More TV Writers Room Secrets Revealed  Hollywood ReporterScribes on 'Barry,' 'Russian Doll' an more Emmy contenders reveal how they battle writer's block ("a live video stream of a tiger and her cubs"), what munchies ...
Consider Writing Off Loan Taken For Treating Endosulfan Victim : Kerala HC Tells Govt [Read Order]  Live LawThe High court of Kerala has urged the Government of Kerala to consider writing off a loan availed to treat an endosulfan victim.The father of the victim had ...
Book Review: Writing Home Polly Devlin  RTE.ieAs I read this book and write about it, President Trump is on a state visit to the UK …. I wonder where is Polly, is she in London, France, New York?
The Writing and Rewriting of the United States  SojournersThe forces of erosion and conquest left only the names of places like scratch marks as the land fell from the grips of their empire into another.
Writer Jane Brox discusses the nature of 'Silence'  Press HeraldIn a recent New Yorker article, Jane Brox describes a train ride that she took from Boston to New York. She entered the “quiet car,” and settled in for what ...
‘Underland’ Offers Excellent Nature Writing From Deep, Dark Places  The New York TimesThe English nature writer Robert Macfarlane's new book, “Underland: A Deep Time Journey,” has a title that evokes a burrowing theme park ride or an IMAX ...
The script writer of culture  The HinduThrough his plays and their performances, Girish Karnad's work interrogated our deepest beliefs about the idea of India.
L. MUTHONI WANYEKI - Remembering Binyavanga: Writing Was Enough  The ElephantThat time. That place. We started something together. With him at its heart. With his own big and encompassing heart - he dragged us all in, we swirled and ...
Victoria Monét on her 'Friendship-Based' Writing Success With Ariana Grande  BillboardThe phone rings. “Hi! It's Victoria,” says a voice on the other end -- as in the Victoria, Victoria Monét, songwriter of the moment and not her publicist calling to ...
4 Writers to Watch This Summer  The New York TimesThe author Kristen Arnett makes frequent and witty use of Twitter. In a recent tweet meant to encourage people to pre-order her first novel, “Mostly Dead Things” ...
Mindy Kaling finds that comedy writing is no joke in ‘Late Night’ | Movie review  The Philadelphia InquirerAn inexperienced comedy writer (Mindy Kaling) joins the insular staff of a legendary talk show host (Emma Thompson) in 'Late Night.'
A Nature Writer for the Anthropocene  The AtlanticIn Underland, Robert Macfarlane gives readers new ways to experience the richness and strangeness of a damaged world.
Watched plots … Hilary Mantel and the writers under pressure from fans  The GuardianWith the Wolf Hall novelist set to finish her trilogy in 2020, Philip Pullman, Anne Rice and others discuss how expectations can affect the creative process.
The Devil Wears Prada: Aline Brosh Mckenna Talks Writing Iconic Line  ThrillistEvery year writer Aline Brosh McKenna has a familiar experience: She sees a magazine headline quoting her work. The piece of dialogue that's referenced?
Drama Showrunners Talk WGA-ATA Dispute, Evolving Industry at Variety’s ‘A Night in the Writers’ Room’  VarietyThe WGA-ATA saga loomed large at Variety's “A Night in the Writers' Room,” where showrunners and lead writers from several of the year's best dramas ...
Why IMA investors couldn't read the writing on the wall  Bangalore MirrorRed flags had been raised about IMA (I Monetary Advisory) fraud, way back in November last year but thousands of investors, mostly from the Muslim community ...
How Starrah Went From Working Retail to Writing For Madonna  BillboardAt a time when there's no clear path to the top of the charts, Starrah (as well as other cover stars Victoria Monét, Louis Bell and Frank Dukes) is making Hot 100 ...
Writing my way through the pain of my daughter’s birth and death  The Irish TimesThirty-five years have passed since my baby daughter died, and I nearly ended my life.
Have Women Writers Really Been Boxed Out of the Thriller World?  The New York TimesSara Paretsky takes issue with a roundup in our Summer Reading issue. And other features provoke responses from various correspondents.
The Windsor Fringe Festival's annual Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama Writing has attracted 266 scripts this year | Royal Borough Observer  Windsor ObserverWindsor Fringe Festival's Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama writing has attracted 266 scripts this year from 23 countries.
‘Sesame Street’: Bo Burnham Writing Songs for Upcoming Movie  IndieWireAnne Hathaway is set to star in the live-action film, due out in theaters early 2021.
DMK functionary held for assaulting writer Jayamohan  The HinduA grocer, also a DMK functionary, was arrested by the police for allegedly assaulting writer Jayamohan and verbally abusing his family on Friday night.
The Think Tank Struggling to Write the Green New Deal  The AtlanticNew Consensus, the group charged with fleshing out the plan, doesn't aim to publish policy specifics until early next year.
Victoria Hislop: 'Ian was in a different league to me at Oxford - he charged me 50p to borrow his essays'  Telegraph.co.ukVictoria, 60, is the author of six novels including the bestseller The Island. She lives in London with her husband, Private Eye editor Ian. They have two children ...
Writing parking tickets where power's out? That's cold.  WFAA.comThe city of Dallas was issuing tickets for small-time, parking infractions in neighborhoods where residents had bigger problems to deal with.
Even 18th-Century Creatives Tended to Cluster  CityLabA new study finds that British and Irish writers clustered in 18th- and 19th-century London and were more productive as a result.
Surname Supremacy? Writing Names in “Nippon.com”  Nippon.comA suggestion from Foreign Minister Kōno Tarō that foreign writers put Japanese names in the original Japanese order has touched off a debate. Why does ...
Batman Writer Tom King Reveals Reason for Early Comic Series Exit  IGNBy Jesse Schedeen Batman writer Tom King has shed more light on the reasons for his early departure from the series. In a new interview with Entertainment ...
The Ladies’ Pond: three writers dive in  The GuardianHampstead Heath's swimming pond for women is a much-loved institution and source of inspiration. Deborah Moggach, So Mayer and Margaret Drabble ...
Study writings of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, Deendayal Upadhyaya: BJP to Chinese scholars  Business StandardChinese scholars should study the writings of Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya to enhance their understanding of the RSS and ...
Scottish writer Rona Munro pulls the strings on a new Captain Corelli's Mandolin play  The TimesWhen the curtains opened Rona Munro glimpsed her future. She was eight years old and witnessing, in rapt wonder, her first play — an amateur production by ...
Precious and Adored: Reading Victorian Love Letters, Writing Queer History  AutostraddleWhen Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson met in 1890, they fell for each other hard. Their once-hidden letters are collected in a new book.
Joburg is writing off municipal debt, find out if you qualify  The South AfricanQualifying residents can get 100% of their municipal debt written off by the City of Johannesburg after a debt-rehabilitation programme was approved.
S Corporation Might Have Been Better Plan For Writer Karin Slaughter  ForbesPlan for author Karin Slaughter to split income between writing and brand fails in Tax Court. S corporation might have done the job.
Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan Writer And LGBTQ Activist, Dies At 48  NPRThe author founded a platform for young Kenyan authors and came out as gay in a place where homosexuality has long been illegal. "Binyavanga was unbound ...
Tim McGraw & Jon Meacham on Writing 'Songs of America' and What We Can Learn From Our Musical Past  BillboardTim McGraw and Jon Meacham have paired to pen 'Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation,' out today (June 11) through ...
Dallon Weekes On Writing About His "Distaste" For Los Angeles, And Missing His Family  Kerrang!iDKHOW frontman Dallon Weekes takes us inside the subject matter on the band's forthcoming debut album…
Tales of the City on Netflix gets being queer so right  Cosmopolitan.comOrange is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli's new show, Tales of the City on Netflix features the queerest cast we've seen... well, ever. Ellen Page, Bob the ...
Neil Hannon has written 12 songs for the Father Ted Musical  Arizona Daily StarThe Divine Comedy singer Neil Hannon has revealed he has written 12 songs that are going to be included in the 'Father Ted' musical.
Mahalia Talks Writing From The Heart, Learning To Love Herself, & Discussing Colourism In The Industry  BustleIf you've ever wondered what it's like to be hit by a wave of creative inspiration, it's just as unpredictable as you'd imagine. "Sometimes when I am on the train or ...
2019 AP Stylebook Provides Guidelines for Writing Blockchain-Related Terms  CointelegraphMajor New York news outlet, the Associated Press (AP) has announced that its latest version of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law has ...
Even Simpsons Writers Have Favorite Simpsons Memes  VultureFormer Simpsons co-showrunner Bill Oakley told a live Jordan Jesse Go! audience that his favorite Simpsons meme is “The Dud.” He told Vulture he loved it for ...

Overcome Writers Block with Snake Dancing

Writer's block! Even columnist Dave Berry has it. He admits... Read More

Writing About Writing

What am I going to write about?Which topic is the... Read More

How To Co-Publish For Profits!

The Benefits of Co-Publishing There are a number of publishers,... Read More

The Psychology Of Effortless Writing

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of... Read More

The Unwritten World Of The Reality Of Letterwriting

You may wonder why I have chosen this title of... Read More

Writing Tips for your Journey

Tips for your writing journeySo, you'd like to be a... Read More

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

SALE, SAIL Sale is either offering something for purchase... Read More

7 Reference Books for Your Desk

I hate to admit this, but I rarely get an... Read More

If You Want to Succeed As a Writer, Dont Just Think It, Do It

It never ceases to amaze me when a prospective writer... Read More

The One-Plot Wonder

Back in the mid to late 1980s I was a... Read More

How To Write Your Way To A Fortune

We've all seen those ads that grab our attention and... Read More

The Iniquitous Slip

All the famous writers I heard of could paper the... Read More

Write a Letter, Make a Difference

Today I took the dog for a walk and realized... Read More

The Demon Fear

You have a great idea for a poem, a story,... Read More

The Writing Club

Typically when falling asleep in bed at night great thoughts... Read More

Creative Writing Tips - Have You Established Your Main Character At The Start?

In the beginning of your story you have to grab... Read More

Freelance Feast or Famine?

Sometimes a freelance writing career can feel very much like... Read More

Sick of the Traditional Publishing Path?

A book coaching client recently emailed me that she was... Read More

Interviewing an Author: Dont Be Left Speechless

Joyce Carol Oates. Langston Hughes. Anne Sexton. F. Scott Fitzgerald.... Read More

Italics Part 1 - Do You Need to Use Italics?

Next time you're tempted to use italics for emphasis... STOP!"Why?"... Read More

Message to Online Writers: Dont Give Up On A Good Idea

The writing community is a strong one, with many new... Read More

COULD YOU (not) REPEAT THAT PLEASE?

I recently read a book where everything was akimbo. Arms... Read More

Starting a Local Writers Group

My husband is no poet, so when I offer my... Read More

Writing the KAIZEN Way

Over the past eight years or so, I have tutored... Read More

How To Become a Freelance Grant Writer

What is a freelance grant writer? These individuals have a... Read More