Dear Local Paper: An Open Letter

The polarizing political year has brought several problematic aspects of the media to the forefront. Several newspapers have lost notable readerships, just because of a newspaper’s petty bias . In truth, the future doesn’t look good for many periodicals. This doesn’t have to be. The great Decline of Newspapers is indeed an actual issue, and has been …

Money via Writing: BellaOnline

Can you really make money with BellaOnline? http://www.bellaonline.com/ The internet has been a rapidly growing medium for writers since its inception. The internet offers marketing potential, publication potential, and independent publishing fulfillment. There are also opportunities for writers to generate a second income. Many sites advertise “writers wanted,” or “editors wanted,” but do you really …

Money via Writing: Demand Studios

Can you really make money with Demand Studio? http://create.demandstudios.com/ The internet has been a rapidly growing medium for writers since its inception. The internet offers marketing potential, publication potential, and independent publishing fulfillment. There are also opportunities for writers to generate a second income. Many sites advertise “writers wanted,” or “editors wanted,” but do you …

4 Writing Lessons from a Life of King

I read my first Stephen King novel when I was 13, not appropriate reading material for the age, no, but I was not a particularly normal 13-year-old. I also started writing at 13. Coincidence? To this day, I’m still not sure. My very first “adult” novel was Phantoms by Dean R. Koontz. Needless to say, …

Name Brand Dreams on a Generic Writing Budget?

Do you think you need to be rich to start professional writing? Do you believe you need a college degree and a stocked home office? If so, you will be surprised to see how much you can accomplish even on a minor budget. Writers go about their professional progress on a daily basis with no …

Agent Fees and Standard Practices

Literary agents work much like attorneys. It is that simple. Instead of legal representation, they provide literary representation. They approach editors much like the way an attorney would approach a judge. With careful persuasion, they encourage the publisher to accept your work. This is a mutual interest and effort, for like many lawyers, agents don’t …

Vampire Verbs!

Verbs might be the single most important item found in your sentences. The two main classifications for verbs are Passive and Active. This article divides the classes and shows their differences. This section highlights the use of Active verbs, those most important to general writing.       Active Verbs: This is the method we …

Novel Physics

One of the greatest difficulties a writer faces is novel-length writing. Be it fiction or non-fiction, many authors hesitate to get involved. Sometimes the largest intimidation isn’t editors or agents. It’s the thought of the commitment. “I’ll Never Get It Done” One hundred thousand words: a simple number simply comprised of six numeric digits. However, …

The First Draft: Love it before you Kill It

The first draft is the very first phase of writing your book. It is in no way completed once you finished your first draft. You simply know which direction the book is traveling in. Now, comes the tedious process of editing. Your first draft, and the subsequent drafts, will be more of an exploration. You …