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Capturing Ideas by Karen Rigley
Non-writers often ask, "Where do you get your ideas?" The answer is everywhere. A word or phrase can fire a writer's imagination. Overhearing a conversation in a café, or the way a person… (1/13)

What Will Your Character Do When Disaster Strikes? By Carolyn Kaufman
Most people have seen the character worksheets that encourage writers to identify everything from shoe size and favorite food to sexual turn ons and turn offs. And while knowing your character's most treasured possession might come in handy… (2/13)

Writing Again After Life Upheaval By Karen Elizabeth Rigley
Storms of life can leave you battered and shipwrecked from your writing. Whatever the crisis, the resulting chaos can dam up your ability to create. It’s difficult, sometimes nearly impossible, to be creative… (2/13)

Scriptwriting - The Five Key Points of Story Structure By Jon Rhodes
One thing is true of all stories. They all have a beginning, middle and end. Film scripts typically run from 100 to 120 pages with each page representing about a minute of screen time… (3/13)

Writing For Children and Teens - Should You Outline Your Story Before Writing? by Maurene Janiece
Writing For Children and Teens. Part of the writing process is experimenting. Writers differ on their opinions about outlining--some love it, some hate it, and some are mixed. (4/13)

Does Your Theme Contain Character, Conflict, Resolution? by Nick Vernon
For a theme to work and the story, which will revolve around the theme, it has to contain three things: Character, Conflict and Resolution. (5/13)

Six Simple Steps to Sensible Editing by Mervyn Love
O.K., so you've finished your story or article, you've breathed a sigh of relief and are just about to reach for the envelope and stamps when the Good Writers' Fairy raps you smartly on the head and whispers... (6/13)

How Are You Plotting? by Nick Vernon
Writing is a creative process and how every writer chooses to create, is individual to them. Likewise, with plotting, every writer plots at a level they are comfortable with. Here are some pointers to help you create the plots that readers want to read. (7/13)

Is The Theme Running Throughout The Story? by Nick Vernon
It’s no use coming up with a theme and not using it. Short stories are about a character or characters and about one situation or happening in those characters lives. By concentrating on that one thing, our stories are focused. You will need to focus to maintain a level of intensity and sticking to the theme enables us to do that. Let me give you an example… (8/13)

How To Make Money Writing Blog Novels by Christopher Kyalo
Blog novels are an extremely lucrative option, which every writer should take a closer look at. I am not talking theory here, I've actually written two blog novels, and although only one of them is complete, both earn me an ongoing income. What's more they will continue to earn me that income for many years to come - that's the beauty of a blog novel. Writing a novel is hard work, but there are several advantages of writing it online and in the form of a blog. To start with it is much easier to write it in blog format… (10/13)

5 Tips For Your First Jab At Creative Writing by Mario R. Churchill
The world of creative writing is an ever expanding one as stories or genres continue to evolve in a natural reaction to the changes in time. Having confirmed writing skills, however, is not enough to succeed in creative writing. Having passion for it is more important than having technical expertise. Love for creative writing, and not adherence to the grammatical elements, is what will ultimately guide you to doing things properly and successfully. (11/13)

How To Write A Blockbuster Novel by Avril Harper
Avril Harper takes a look at how a writers should prepare themselves for writing a best seller. She quotes from both publishers and established authors to give a much needed perspective before embarking on countless hours of writing, and rounds off with some practical and helpful do's and don’ts. (01/14)

Share Your Best Life Story With The World - by Jim Edwards
When most people sit down to write a book, they expect it will take months to complete the job. They envision working endlessly and toiling over every word until they finally emerge a year or two later with their finished "masterpiece." Well, that may hold true for traditional authors, but the power of the Internet makes it possible for more innovative authors to not only create books with compelling content, but to do it faster and easier than most ever dreamed possible. (02/14)

The Top 7 Mistakes eBook Authors Make by Jim Edwards & David Garfinkel
Just starting your first e-book? Then watch out, it's easy to trip up by making these 7 basic mistakes! Get the knowledge and get off to a racing start! (03/14)

Overcome Writers Block with Snake Dancing by Judy Cullins, M.A.
Writing coach Judy Collins comes up with some ideas to put the wheel back on the shopping trolley. (04/14)

Warming Up: Ten Exercises for Fiction Writers By Dr. Erika Dreifus
Here are 10 useful warming-up exercises to get you in the mood for that next article, chapter or short story. (05/14)

Break in with Fillers: The Best Market for New Writers by Shelley Wake
Shelley Wake shows how to get published the easy way - by writing fillers that magazine editors are crying out for. (06/14)

A Strange Writing Lesson by D-L Nelson
Donna-Lane Nelson shows how to sharpen your story writing by learning lessons from you DVD collection. (07/14)

Writer's Block Does Not Exist by Dan Goodwin
How often do you get that slowly rising feeling of dread that you can't seem to come up with any good new ideas, lines or phrases in your writing? Maybe you feel so stuck you can't even write a word, let alone a sentence, paragraph or page? (09/14)

Retirement: Write On! by Bruce Harris
Many older people, and perhaps especially the retired, consider themselves 'out of touch' and find the idea that anyone might be interested in whatever fiction they might attempt as probably a little far-fetched. This assumption can sometimes be in spite of the fact that they have lived long and varied lives and may well have done and seen much more than many younger people have. (10/14)

Setting the Scene: Fiction and Non-Fiction (Including Memoirs) by Joyce Shafer
You can provide scene setting through narrative, as well as dialogue. And you need to provide the setting each time characters shift from one scene to another. You never want to leave readers "wandering in the dark," with no idea where they, through the characters (or the non-fiction writer), are or should be. When you write in first person, your main character (or you as the "star of your show") provides this information. In third person, the narrator (you) does this. (11/14)

How to Succeed with Travel Writing Competitions! by Dr Steve Hanson
Our Inaugural Travel Writing Competition last year received about 200 entries for a prize of a £100 Currency Card. Out of all those entries, how did the judging panel, of which I was member, decide on one winner and ten runners-up? Well, if you decide to enter a travel writing competition, the following ten tips should help…

Pen or Computer: Which Is Better for Creativity?  By Warren X Adler
For writers of the imagination, what we fear the most is a disruption, a blockage, a sudden dam that changes the course of the river of creativity. Back in the late sixties and early seventies when technological innovation began to creep into the public consciousness, I shunned all the so-called marvels of computers when it came to my writing process...

How Top Selling Authors Have Successfully Sold Their Ebooks By Tanisha William
Producing best seller books can be a tough task for any author. Marketing an eBook is what separates the successful authors from those who stayed at the bottom of the sales charts. To generate the most sales, there are specific things authors should do to ensure they are reaching potential consumers. (04/15)

Being your own Publisher By Dr. Jacqueline Jeynes
Fed up with hassles and restrictions when dealing with a publisher for your books? Me too, so I decided to do it myself. Five years ago, I would not have considered it - too difficult to reach group buyers, too much marketing effort needed - but now, your side of the bargain seems to be expanding while theirs shrinks and you are expected to do all this anyway. (06/15)

Why Writers Should Make Friends with the Taxman by Natalie Butlin
You've always known you want to be a writer, and now you've got it: the multi-million pound idea, film deal in the waiting, bouncers on the doors at W H Smiths. Why waste your breath at work when you're sitting on a golden egg? It's time to tell your boss a few home truths and get on the phone to Selina Walker… Except most writers only just scrape by. (07/15)

Writing Short Stories for Magazines by Chris Sutton
Writing stories for magazines is great fun. You create the characters, decide what happens to them and how their problems will be resolved. Nothing could be simpler. Except that it's not quite that easy. (08/15)

Improving Your Writing Skills - 7 Ways to Benefit From Online Writing Blogs by Joseph Maina Kabui
In a rapidly expanding digital communication space, blogging is indispensable, not only for blog owners but also for their followers. For freelance writers, there are many established and emerging blogs that provide a plethora of tools and practical ideas on how to improve writing skills. But there is a catch! Unless you are selective and wise, you may end more confused than enlightened after keenly following a range of blogs. (09/15)

Do You Have a Burning Desire to Be a Writer? by Norm Huffnagle
The craft of expressive story writing has been described by various practitioners as "An Art", "A trainable skill", "A mystical journey", "A singular experience", and a plethora of other descriptions. While it is true that sitting down and writing is a deeply personal event, many authors have tried to enlighten the would-be writer with detailed and extensive direction and almost incomprehensible and mostly contradictory rules of conduct. (10/15)

Breaking Into Freelancing by Jenny Hirschkorn
On a chilly morning in March 1998, I dropped a letter (remember those?) into a post box and promptly forgot about it.  It was addressed by name to the editor of the business and jobs supplement of The Daily Telegraph, but I had every expectation that it would be filed in the waste paper basket, along with the other 2999 cold pitches that the paper reputedly received every week… (11/15)

Two Rules to Follow to Write Good Fiction by Jonathan B. Williams. I want to talk only about two of the many elements of good fiction writing that often get overlooked. These are: truth and the threat of death. (01/16)

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