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Your Cherished Dream of Writing - Fulfill it When You Retire
Retirees are particularly qualified to fulfill their dreams of writing. They can call on years of life and work experience. Don't succumb to the myth that only a chosen few can see their words in print. You can do it too, but it is essential to think your project through and complete the research necessary to create quality content, whether your choice is fiction or nonfiction...
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Tackle A Trilogy And Triple Your Profits
Are you a writer with big ideas? Are you always imagining epics, sweeping stories, great tales of human struggle and sacrifice, interlaced with personal stories of love, sadness and triumph? If so, you ought to consider turning your book or story idea into a trilogy...
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The Long And The Short Of The Short Story
Congratulations! You’ve spotted a great short story competition and decided to enter. You’ve had a go at a few short stories in the past and you’ve been wanting to tackle a novel for ages, but the idea was way too daunting so you’ve just shoved that to the bottom of your life’s “To Do” list...
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How To Get Published: Eight Surefire Steps For Writing Success
How to get published? That’s the big money question for writers. Writing is fulfilling in and of itself, but every writer ultimately wants to learn how to get published. A lot of writers think getting published is a matter of luck. Or it’s a matter of knowing the right person. Or it’s a matter of simply being born a brilliant writer...
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The Second Gutenberg (Interview with Michael Hart)
Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg is a visionary who was quite ahead of his time. In fact, it may still be several years before his dream of universally-available literature comes true. Nevertheless, Michael's efforts have inspired thousands of people around the world who now share his vision...
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The Mathematics of Persuasive Communication
At first glance mathematics and persuasive communication - writing, and particularly public speaking - public speaking would seem to have little in common. After all, mathematics is an objective science, whilst public speaking involves voice quality, inflection, eye contact, personality, body language, and other subjective components...
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12 High Readership Content Ideas
1. How To Articles: they include detailed step by step instructions. Examples: how to publish your e-zine, how to promote your business, how to attract visitors to your web site...
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Open Source Self-Publishing Tools: Designing a Book with LyX
Language professionals should be interested in self-publishing tools, for a variety of reasons. Not least of all, the mainstream publishing houses in the United States aren't very receptive to publishing translations; according to the wholesale book distributor Bowker, of the roughly 195,000 new titles printed in English in 2004, only 891, or an unimpressive 4 tenths of a percent, were works of adult literature in translation...
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25 Ways to Add Quality Content to Your Web Site
We've known for a long time that quality matters to Google. In a post Senior Google Engineer Matt Cutts made to his blog, "quality" was mentioned several times as being important to Google. Quality matters when it comes to content, and it matters when it comes to links. However, building content and links doesn't have to be painful. Web site owners tend to think of content in a very limited way...
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Using Feeds to Increase Your Site's Content
There are many ways to increase content on your site, from manually creating it to purchasing software which will auto generate it for you...
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Write Nonfiction With Passion:
Four Steps To Emotionally Charge Your Article

You have completed the draft of an article, but it seems flat and lifeless, even to you. It needs to have the spark that ignites that all important emotional connection to your readers but you are at a loss as to how to spruce it up...
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How to Become a Better Writer
I believe everyone has some tale to tell. We can all reach out and help others by sharing a little of our little (don't repeat 'little' in such close proximity- "yes sir, boss"!) world. Somebody else said: "No one but a blockhead would write not to be published."... but I don't agree with that one...
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What Is Creative Writing?
I believe ALL writing is creative (a nice short sentence to get the ball rolling). Journalism is a different form of writing in that it merely reports the facts of a particular event...
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Private Label Rights: How to Use and Profit from PLR Articles
Information is what surfers are looking for and successful Internet marketers know that providing relevant content on their sites is the first key to building a highly profitable online business...
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Article Writing - Beware of 10 Don'ts
Let me ask you a question that's critical to your success as an article writer. Do you know what NOT to do? There are some mistakes that will wreck your writing career in a hurry...
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Techniques, Tips and Advice for New Writers (from Online Writing Course)
"The foundations of successful writing are within anyone's grasp. The only way to do it is to do it." -
- Tom Clancy...
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Business proposals: writing an executive summary
When writing a business proposal, the executive summary is arguably the most important component. You should write it as if the success of the entire proposal rests upon it...
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What is technical writing?
Before setting up shop as a proofreader, I worked as a technical writer. When I told people what I did, I was often met with blank stares bordering on total incomprehension...
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Ten tips for better business writing
As a proofreader of business writing, I see many of the same errors made again and again. Errors in your writing (be they in advertising copy, correspondence, or a web site) are more serious, I believe, than most people realize...
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The perils of using jargon
Recently I spoke with loans officers at several of my local banks in order to find out the costs associated with a housing loan. One of the things that struck me in all of these conversations was the astonishing (to me) level of jargon used by the bank staff when explaining their products to customers...
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Report writing: reasons to do it well
You probably don't have a burning desire to write reports. Nonetheless, you've ended up having to write them. There's a natural tendency to want to get the darn things written and off your desk as soon as possible...
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How to Succeed as a Writer
As a professional copywriter, I'm often asked by aspiring copywriters what they need to do to succeed. Most of their questions center around writing ability. They want to know how to find out if they have the talent to succeed, or if there's a "test" they can take that will tell them if they're a good enough writer to actually get paid to write...
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Rejecting Rejection: Twenty Years of Chasing the Writer’s Dream
When I finished college, I fully expected that within five years I would become a widely published writer. In high school, I wrote a popular satirical column--“Orchids and Onions”-- for the school newspaper, every week for two years. In college, I edited the yearbook...
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How To Think Through Writer's Block
In his book, On Writing, Stephen King says, "We are talking about tools and carpentry, about words and style...but as we move along, you’d do well to remember that we are also talking about magic...
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Secrets to Creating Great Headlines
Great! You finished your piece and now need a headline. Usually headlines are less than ten words and need to be expressed in short, expressive, active words. This provides quick focus and pull in. By waiting until you know what you are ending up with, it will save you time. You can give a temporary headline while drafting...
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How formal should your business writing be?
Do you write business letters or other business correspondence? If so, think about how these questions apply to your situation:
1. When is it appropriate to use first-person pronouns like: "I, we, me, us, my and our"?
2. When is it appropriate to use contractions like: "it's, isn't, we'll and let's"?
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Writing e-mail that gains the trust and confidence of your readers
How do you ensure that customers will react well to an e-mail sales letter? Similarly, what if you're soliciting a job via e-mail, pitching a book idea or any of a hundred other situations that are increasingly handled by e-mail? ...
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Effective titles improve proposals
It may seem trivial to tell you to choose a good title for your next written work, but the importance of this task should not be underestimated.
A good title can help to make a good first impression.
Here then are some guidelines for choosing a good title...
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Avoid buzzwords in favour of plain English
I'm a big believer in keeping writing simple. Long winded or pompous writing is harder for readers to understand. Also, it usually leaves them with a poor impression of the writer. So who benefits from it? No one...
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Fonts: choosing wisely
Choosing a font is something that most of us give little thought to. After all, most fonts are more or less the same, right? Let's face it, most writing is presented in a stock-standard font like Times New Roman or Arial...
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Ten tips for better e-mail
E-mail is frequently written quickly and often poorly. The tips that follow should help you to write e-mail that will be well received every time...
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Are double negatives okay? Yes!
I'm going to go out on a limb here and contradict most of the books ever written on the subject of grammar. (Who said I wasn't brave?) Traditional advice has always been not to use double negatives.
Detractors will argue that such sentences involve a contradiction of the intended meaning...
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Calling All Writers - It's Party Time!
The dedicated writing student must continually search for tools to explore the core balance of plot, character, and poetics, multiple ways of climbing the great, misty mountain called story. But the major difference between Lifewriting™ and other systems is that we concentrate on the tools from writing that also help us understand our lives...or the tools from psychology or spiritual disciplines that help us understand our craft...
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Discover Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is a fabulous opportunity and if you’ve got the drive, the energy, the time, and the creativity, it’s definitely the way to go. Whether it’s to supplement your income, or just to satisfy an urge for publication, a little bit of planning and a lot of hard work are all it takes to build a successful (and profitable) freelance writing career...
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Four Useful Lies About Writing
Most writing “experts” favor a particular way of looking at plot, and will adhere to it for years or an entire career. That’s all well and good, but its important to realize that any way of modeling story is just that—a model, not the depths and living essence of story itself...
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How To Write A Great Sales Letter--When You Hate To Write
I can sit here all day giving you tips and hints on headlines and phrases that sell. But none of it will do you any good if you just plain hate sitting down at the keyboard...
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Business report writing tips
Let's assume that you have to write a document for work or study.
Your instructions consist of the title that you are to use and nothing else. Could you -- with only the title as a guide - write a suitable document?
This article discusses these key questions and will help you to learn more about your readers and their needs...
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Abbreviations made easy
Which is better usage: USA or U.S.A.?
The punctuation of abbreviations is an area that is subject to considerable differences of opinion. For example, as demonstrated by the question above, not everyone agrees on when (or if) to use full stops...
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Why You Should Write Ezine Articles
If you don't have much money to spend advertising your online business, writing ezine articles is the most effective and least costly way to attract visitors to your site...
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Don't Forget to Write
I'm embarrassed to admit that it took me a couple of years to realize the one thing that super affiliates do that sets them apart from all the rest. It's something they do repeatedly and often, even if they don't always do it well.
Do you know what they do?…
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Hidden Content Sources for Your Website
As I travel through the Google search engine, there is one element that defines almost all of the top-ranking websites. It's great content. People come online for information and those that offer the best content reap the greatest rewards. Unfortunately, this type of content is hard to come by. In most cases, you either have to spend hours in front of the keyboard or outsource the job to others. Both of these options are very costly…
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