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  • In the beginning...what or whom prompted your writing?
    In the beginning...who or what prompted your writing?
    I was asked, "What prompted you to begin writing?" or "How did you get started?" I didn't have to think about it; my answer was immediate - "When I was 10 years old my Mom gave me her old portable typewriter. She had...
  • Three Cool Ways to Write Your Short Story On Twitter
    Three Cool Ways to Write Your Short Story On Twitter
    If you're one of the many writers on Twitter looking for a different way to promote, or refine your skills, this article is for you. Nowadays, if you're one of the millions of writers out there shopping your manuscript to literary agents,...
  • Writing advice given by a fun and experienced writer
    Tips and tricks on writing from a witty writer
    Novelist and screenwriter Chuck Wendig has succeeded at entertaining and informing writers of all types with his latest book on writing, The Kick-Ass Writer (published in 2013). For a book that is comprised of lists of advice for writers, here is...
  • The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism
    Schedule for the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism has been announced
    Last May it was announced that, with the arrival of David H. Stull as the new President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), the “second edition” of The Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism would be...
  • Jessica McCann
    Historical fiction writer Jessica McCann speaker for SSWW’s 9th anniversary
    Award-winning author of historical fiction Jessica McCann will give a presentation entitled “Ensuring Our Stories Are True” at the ninth-anniversary meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers. The meeting is scheduled for...
  •  Martha Stewart is still making bloggers mad
    Martha Stewart is still making bloggers mad
    Ordinary people can be bloggers. Bloggers can be experts. At least that’s the message Marci Rich, writer for Huffington Post is trying to get across on November 9. According to Rich, “ordinary people…are popping up all over the...
  • Review: Freelance writers can promote business talents with Career Addict
    Review: Freelance writers can promote business talents with Career Addict
    For years, freelance writers have had to scratch, claw and beg for assignments that pay well. As any other freelance scribe will attest to, a lot of websites, whether it’s Helium, Digital Journal, Examiner or Liberty Guardian Voice, pay...
  • Dissertations in colleges
    A few tips how to choose the right topic for your dissertation
    Dissertation or thesis topic determines the direction of your futures researches, as the degree seeker, for next 3-4 years. In addition, your successful thesis defense depends on the right choice of topic. So, this matter must be taken very...
  • Joan Rivers
    The Screenplays of Joan Rivers
    Joan Rivers may be gone, but the comedienne’s acidic and acerbic wit will be with us forever. In addition to being a brilliant stand-up comedian, Ms. River also authored two screenplays and many television scripts. Readers who just can&rsquo...
  • The setting in your story, part 2
    The setting in your story, part 2
    In August I highlighted the importance of employing the basic principles of 'setting' for your book to take shape and have life between its pages. This month, The Books Magazine responded to my article. In their feature article "The...
  • Bestselling author Ann Victoria Roberts talks about history and inspiration
    Bestselling author Ann Victoria Roberts talks about history and inspiration
    Bestselling author Ann Victoria Roberts has built a solid career writing historical novels, including “Liam’s Story” set (in part) during World War I. In time for the centenary of the First World War, the book is now available...
  • writing perfection
    Tips on overcoming writers block
    Most writers suffer from writers block. I have suffered from it many times and I think it is the worst thing a writer can go through. When we have ideas just flowing from us it is a great feeling but when we want to write but then sit there and...
  • Writing
    Writing as a self therapy
    Writing, in many forms can be very good therapy. Sometimes writing down your thoughts and feelings can be easier than saying them. I know it is a lot easier for me to write my thoughts and feelings down than saying them because a lot of the time I...
  • "Words for Pictures" by Brian Michael Bendis
    Book review: “Words for Pictures” by Brian Michael Bendis (2014)
    “Words for Pictures” is an interesting text— More-so because it is exactly that: A textbook. The author, Brian Michael Bendis, is a writer that I have read for years; he has written some of my favorite superhero tales from the...
  • From captivity to charities to safety of the press
    From captivity to teaching and everything in between
    Journalism is a way of life for many people. Chasing the story, getting the front page is all part of the glory. Becoming a captive is not considered into the equation, but unfortunately it does happen, as we all well know from the headlines today...