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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How To Stop Procrastinating - Part 2

Hypnotist and Life Mastery Coach Joshua Seth gives the second past of a series of tips designed to help you overcome procrastination, manage your time better, and get things done.

How To Overcome Procrastination - Part 1

Hypnotist and Life Mastery Expert Joshua Seth discusses the two main reasons people procrastinate and gives the first in a series of tips.

Time Management Tips: How to Set Priorities

Time management tips about how to set priorities by time management expert, Peter Turla. A great video full of useful wisdom that will not only help you improve your writing and marketing campaign, but one that will also help you improve your life.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stop Killing Your Book Dream With Poor Planning

Stop Killing Your Book Dream with Poor Planning



Are you afraid your dream of writing a book will die inside you? May I be honest? It may, if you don't plan and get it done. With the right planning and knowledge, you can easily write your important message into a book.

Read the tips below and fuel the flame of your book dream again. This time, stretch yourself; dream a bigger dream. Dream after writing your book, you receive continuing income that grows each month.

Dream you become a sought after expert in your field. You gain the added respect of your colleagues and peers because of your book. You receive increased profits leveraged from higher fees charged. Your clients gladly pay them with book author as one of your titles.

Are you ready to revive your dream yet? Here are a few mistakes to correct and make all your book dreams come true:

Mistake 1 Failure to plan at all.

You must realize your book is a product and as a product it has to be marketed. Your plan provides a map for everything you do afterwards. Your book marketing plan is what I describe as your map. It describes your book, what you will do after the book is completed and published. It also describes who you hope to sell your book to as a target audience. In short, you can say your book marketing plan is your roadmap to success and profits.

Mistake 2 Failure to plan how your book will be published.

Whether you choose self-publishing or a traditional publisher, there are pros and cons to either method of publishing your book. If you choose to pursue a traditional publisher for your book, you should know your book proposal is a sales (direct-marketing) document with a sole purpose. It's single purpose is to convince a publisher that your book will earn a profit, if published.

The proposal should focus on the size and buying power of the targeted market you will attract, the problem your book solves, how your book plans to solve the problem, how different your book is from others already published on the subject and how you plan to promote your book.

Mistake 3 Failure to include the editor's cut in your plan.

Give yourself a break. You don't have to write a 350 page book like your colleague to be successful. It doesn't even have to be 150 pages. Simply write a short book approximately 100 pages long and fill it with your insightful information, your expertise and/or your experiences. You get to shorten your examples and stories. With a short book, you have no pressure to add every piece of information you know about your topic. Instead, if you have too much information divide your material into two books. Your customers will love you for it. They'll buy both books because they are easy to read and short.

Mistake 4 Failure to add professionalism to your plan.

Plan to make your manuscript and eventually book the best it can be. Invest in what it takes to make it look and read professional. Don't just get your friends and family to read it for errors; hire an editor. Your editor will not only help you with grammar and spelling but she will help you stay in the same tense. She'll cut all your passive voice sentences that make your book hard to read.

Mistake 5 Failure to embrace your audience in your plan.
Not everyone will be interested in reading your book. Even so, I'm convinced there's a community of people in your field waiting for you to solve their problem. What problems does your message solve for them? Develop an audience profile (picture) and keep it in front of you as you write. That way you can visualize a real person to solve problems for.

Additionally, knowing your market before you write will help you write focused, compelling chapters. Writing to a specific person or group of people will keep your readers reading to the end. Write too general and your readers may put your book down and never pick it back up to finish.

Don't put it off any more. Take your dream off the shelf. If you wait, you can be this time next year without making your dream of writing a successful book come true. You have the plan, the knowledge and the solution. Now write it all down. Your audience is waiting. Plan, correct the mistakes above and write a book that sells well. Make it different. Make it count. Make it yours.
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About the Author
Earma Brown, 13 year author and book coach

Get a free Book Writing course when you sign-up for iScribe newsletter on book writing, publishing and marketing. Send any email to iscribe@bookwritinghelp.com or visit her at How to Write a Book for more book writing resources and tips.


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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Script Frenzy: Here's Some Excellent Advice AND Illustrations On How To Format Your Screenplay


Script Frenzy.org - How To Format A Screenplay - I only took a quick glance at this site, but right away I knew it was a real gem. Its step-by-step instructions are easy to read, learn, and understand. I'd recommend this little baby as a useful resource anyday - at least to a lowly novice writer like me.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Forums And Discussion Groups

If you have questions or need a little more guidance with creating your MasterPiece, why don't you check out some of these forums and discussion groups? But, don't forget to comeback to DZL MEDIA(TM) for Love and Inspiration!

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Writer's Digest Forum - The Writer's Digest Forum has over 100,000 members, but the icing on the cake is the website itself. This site has a lot of great tips, advice, and resources that will help you improve your writing and show you how to make money with your writing.


WritingForums.com - writers' forums, creative writing workshops, challenges and reviews. 13,000+ members on this site for you to interact with and get good tips from. Check it out.


WritersNet - Writers, Editors, Agents, Publishers


Cracked.com Writers' Forum - Here's a website for creative writers you might be interested in... If you are a funny/smart/creative person, Cracked.com is the single best opportunity you will ever come across in your life. No experience necessary. We will pay you if it's good.



Yahoo! Answers - Books and Authors


Yahoo! Answers - Poetry


Yahoo! Answers - Television


Fictionpost Writing Forums - Where Writers Unite


reddit Writing Forum - "reddit is a website about everything". The reddit Writing Forum is about Writing.


Yahoo! Answers - Travel (Hone your travel writing skills by observing and understanding how others critique their experiences. For novice writers, pay special attention "descriptive language", adjectives, and how opinions and "reviews" are written.)


Worthy Of Publishing - Ever wondered how to get a book published? Worthyofpublishing.com revolutionizes the way writers may attract publishers and gain exposure internationally to potentially sell more books once published.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Literary Links Added For Aspiring Writers!

If you want to really get your game up and get your work published, then keep your eyes glued to this site! It's a slow process, but we're scouting the Web for the info you need to make it big!

New Links for you to review:

AAR - The Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc. - A not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents.


LMP - Literary Market Place - Listings of publishers, agents, trade services and international resources. Searchable database of the book publishing industry. Search by subject, type of publication, city, state, zip, and even by number of publications issued


Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Of America - SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres. Esteemed past and present members include Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton. SWFA informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its members.


Endemol USA - Endemol is a billion-dollar business that produces over 25,000 hours of original television content per year. Some of Endemol's successes include Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, to name only a few.


* SEE THE CURRENT COMPLETE LISTINGS HERE: Media Connections

Friday, September 11, 2009

How to Manage Your Time as a Freelance Copywriter

by Laurence James

Copywriting Articles August 28, 2007

Time management is crucial to your future as a copywriter, let's look at some ways to get organised...

One of the great misconceptions about freelance copywriting is that you can write when you want to. ‘What a great job you've got', people say, ‘you can work when and where you like and choose your own hours'. This sounds fine in principle, if it weren't for that dreaded word that rules the lives of all freelance copywriters – ‘deadlines'. I haven't missed a deadline in ten years of commercial writing, but you need to stay on top of things to do this.

As a first rule of thumb, if you can't organise yourself to meet your client's deadline, then you will struggle to make a name for yourself as a copywriter. As with other service-based careers, you're only as good as your last piece of work – and busy, stressed out clients won't wait around for you to get a handle on how to manage your time. With that in mind, here are five tips to help you better organise yourself.

1. Write a weekly timetable

Every Friday afternoon, it's a good idea to draw up a timetable of quotes to send, briefs to take and projects to write for the next week. These will be based on deadlines and arrangements you've agreed with clients, and should include an extra day of ‘cushion time' before the deadline date in case you encounter any problems.

Number each job by priority and have an equivalently numbered job bag for each set of notes and materials – so you can find everything you need and crack straight on when the time comes. You can create and print out pro-forma timetables in Word. Finally, stick it up on the wall where you can see it.

2. Write a monthly jobs board

Buy a budget dry wipe board from any office supplies retailer, and make columns for: current clients, jobs and deadlines, quotes sent to clients, invoices outstanding, and invoices to send.

You can use your numbering system to identify each job bag again, and this will help you manage client projects that go beyond your weekly timetable. It also helps to put this on the wall to quantify at a glance, the amount of work you have to do. (A year planner with daily dates is another good pin up).

3. Manage client expectations

A very experienced graphic designer once gave me a very good piece of advice. He said, ‘No client will ever mind if you're too busy to do their job, they will always come back to you because the amount of work you're getting suggests you know what you're doing. However, if you agree a deadline that is too tight – just to appease the client – you will not do a good job and they will never come back to you".

This is a great piece of advice. If you honestly say to the client, ‘I've got several other projects on at the moment and will need at least three weeks to do your project justice' – they will usually agree to this, because they want you to do a great job. Always manage their expectations of what you can deliver when, and don't compromise quality in order to rush a job.

4. Set aside a fixed time every week for administrative tasks

I do all my invoicing, phone calls, quotes and admin stuff at certain fixed times of the day. I never mix these tasks with copywriting time, as this leads to bad copy and confused administration. Separate different tasks, put everything in its place and keep it there – then you will work more efficiently.

5. Communicate with your clients

Don't agree a deadline two weeks in advance and then disappear off the client's radar. It's good to keep them updated with your progress to make them feel confident you're doing a good job.

It takes five minutes to send a ‘catch up' email saying ‘I'm making great progress with your project and am on target for delivery at the agreed time'. Your clients will appreciate this and it will inspire confidence in your standards of service. It also buys you time with nervous clients, as they aren't compelled to constantly contact you for progress reports.

As a freelance copywriter, it's essential to manage your time properly – for both your clients' and your own sake. If you make a bad job of your organisation, you'll probably make a bad job of your copy too.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


An English graduate from the University of Birmingham and professionally trained journalist at postgraduate level, Laurence James has been copywriting for over ten years. A Member of The Institute of Direct Marketing, he is also founder of The Copy Box.

How to Do Nothing


How to Do Nothing


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

For those of us who are non-stop workaholics, doing nothing can actually be pretty difficult! If you're like the Energizer bunny in that you keep going, and going, and going, here's how to stop once in a while, think pleasant thoughts, visit the beach, stare at the water, and just do nothing.

Steps


  1. Plan ahead. Whether it's an hour, a day, a week, a month, or year of doing nothing, cancel all of your appointments for that block of time. Try to pick the most boring week or day, a day where you'll most likely sleep most of the time.
  2. Let people know. Tell everyone that you're going to be "busy" and will be unavailable. Whether you choose to tell them that you're actually setting aside some time to 'do nothing', or you just give them the vague explanation "I'm going to be busy" (busy doing nothing!), tell them not to call, visit, or interrupt unless it's a real emergency.
  3. Find a quiet, private place. Go somewhere you don't feel pressured to do anything. This might be your bedroom, the backyard, or a local park. Find that place and go there.
  4. Set your alarm. Set an alarm of some kind to go off when your "nothing" time is over, so that you don't have to constantly look at the clock and count the minutes.
  5. Turn off the phone. Turn off your cell phone, work phone, PDA, Blackberry, computer, radio, television, iPhone and any other means of sending or receiving calls or messages. These distractions will only keep you from enjoying the nothing.
  6. Sit by yourself. Feel the wind, the sun on your face, the chair touching your bottom. Listen to the rustle of the trees, birds chirping, water flowing. Never think about the past or future. Avoid the temptation to turn on the TV, listen to music, write a note to yourself, get a bite to eat, or anything else. The only thing you should do is go to the bathroom (if needed).
  7. Learn how to free your mind. Clear your mind of all thoughts of work, worries, family, etc. by simply letting them go. Doing this not only allows your body to do nothing, but your mind as well. However, do not be worried if you find yourself thinking of things. Freeing up one's mind is actually very difficult to master, and often requires more discipline than some free time (Buddhist monks, for example, dedicate their entire lives to freeing their minds).
  8. And that is all. You can enjoy doing nothing for as long as you would like now.


Tips


  • Setting aside some free time to do nothing on a regular basis is very healthy for your mind, body, and emotional life, especially if you find that you're really wearing yourself thin. Often times, we are encouraged by the actions of our fast-paced, high-information society to believe that staying busy is a normal and natural state of existence. Remember, there is no guilt in giving yourself some private downtime. How often you do nothing is up to you, but it should be a rejuvenating experience.
  • Once you become good at doing nothing, you can use this new found time and energy to think of things, instead. This would not be doing "nothing," but thinking while shutting out the world. Focusing on one thing this way will help you to concentrate better than having your mind zoom over a million thoughts a minute.
  • If you live in a small apartment, set aside a corner of a larger room with floor pillows, a softly scented candle and maybe a cozy throw. If these things aren't available, just find a quiet place for yourself.
  • Another thing that helps is to 'relax' your facial muscles, letting your shoulders relax then moving on to the rest of the body.
  • Try to temporarily forget about that work you have to get done, that test you need to study for, or that place you need to be, and just relax. Eventually, you will learn to plan what you will think about and not think about while doing nothing.
  • If you have an intimate companion, try doing nothing together.
  • If your parent asks what you're doing, and doesn't believe you are doing nothing, say you're daydreaming.


Warnings


  • At first you may feel nervous, sad, and restless. Try to relax and understand that doing nothing does not mean that you're being unproductive or irresponsible. Keep in mind that you are doing this in order to clear your mind and ultimately extend your life so that you will have even more time. Ultimately, setting time aside to recharge your batteries will make you more productive, creative, and more able to concentrate in the long run, and that's very good for work, school, or other areas of your life.
  • If you are exhausted while you try to do nothing, you may end up falling asleep. If this happens, consider adding more sleep to your daily routine.
  • Remember not to do this for too long... eventually, you've got to do something!


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How to Manage Your Time


How to Manage Your Time


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Have a lot to accomplish? Learn to focus on what is most important. Here's a quick, efficient and organized technique for completing tasks:

Steps


  1. Make a random list of tasks.
  2. Assign realistic priorities to each task.
    • Priority 1: due today or tomorrow
    • Priority 2: due in one week
    • Priority 3: due in one month
    • Priority 4: due next year

  3. Balance your effort. Work on small portions every day.
    • Do the daily tasks. Concentrate on what is at hand, then move on to the next daily task. Once daily tasks are completed, proceed to the next step, if desired.
    • Do the weekly tasks. Once weekly tasks are completed, proceed to the next step, if desired.
    • Do the monthly tasks. Once monthly tasks are completed, proceed to the next step, if desired.
    • Do the yearly tasks.
    • Small portions of the future tasks will have been done ahead of time.

  4. Decide upon the time of day. Some people are more productive in the morning than the evening.
  5. Manage time in increments. Play a game with yourself by competing against time.
    • Work in fifteen minute, half hour or hour intervals.
    • Give yourself a time limit to complete a portion of a task or the entire task.

  6. Take a break. Clear your mind and refresh yourself to refocus.
    • Decide beforehand on a 5, 10 or 15 minute break and stick to that decision.
    • During your break, reasses to develop a new perspective.
    • Breaks provide incentive by giving you something to look forward to.

  7. Keep track of your progress.
    • Cross things off the list as they are completed.
    • You'll feel more relieved and relaxed just by getting through the daily tasks.
    • This will give you a sense of accomplishment and spur motivation.

  8. Reassess the list.
    • Rewrite and reprioritize your list as needed.
    • Add new tasks to the list.
    • Eliminate certain tasks.
    • Delegate tasks to others.
    • Use technology to complete tasks more quickly, efficiently or accurately.



Supplies


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Laptop
  • PDA
  • hi-lighter


Tips


  • Allow for random things to be done between tasks.
  • Pick subjects and not verbs. List ideas and allot time per subject.
  • Keep track of your productive time with a chess clock. Set up a more realistic schedule once you understand the actual time it takes to complete a task. Just knowing that a certain task will take no more than a half hour will motivate you to complete it.
  • Set aside the concept of "everything has to be done yesterday" in order to create realistic priorities.
  • Don't "spread yourself too thin" by overwhelming your day with an unrealistic schedule that would be difficult to accomplish.


Warnings


  • Be flexible and relax. Allow for the unexpected in life. Other things may take precedence over a rigid and methodical routine. With most unusual circumstances, it may take no more than an hour or a few days to return to your usual schedule.


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How to Write a Poem


How to Write a Poem


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Writing a poem is all about observing the world within you or around you. You can write about anything from love to the rusty gate at the old farm. As long as you are enjoying it or finding it releases something from inside you, you're on the right track.

Steps


  1. Read and listen to poetry. Whether someone who has never seen a sonnet nor heard haiku can truly be a poet is an open question. It is almost certain, though, that any poet who has been published or who has garnered any following enhanced their skills by reading or listening to good poetry, even if they later scoffed at conventional notions of what was "good." "Good" poems fall into three categories: those that are recognized as classics, those that seem to be popular, and those that you personally like. Poems typically being short, there is no reason not to explore plenty of both.
  2. Find a spark. A poem may be born as a snippet of verse, maybe just a line or two that seems to come out of nowhere. That's what's usually called inspiration, and once you have that beginning you simply need to flesh it out, to build the rest of the poem around it.At other times you may want to write about a specific thing or idea. If this is the case, do a little planning. Write down all the words and phrases that come to mind when you think of that idea. Allow yourself to put all your ideas into words.It may sound difficult, but do not be afraid to voice your exact feelings. Emotions are what make poems, and if you lie about your emotions it can be easily sensed in the poem. Write them down as quickly as possible, and when you're done, go through the list and look for connections or certain items that get your creative juices flowing.
  3. Think about what you want to achieve with your poem. Perhaps you want to write a poem to express your love for your boyfriend or girlfriend; perhaps you want to commemorate a tragic event; or maybe you just want to get an "A" in your poetry class. Think about why you are writing your poem and who your intended audience is, and then proceed in your writing accordingly.
  4. Decide what poetry style suits your subject. There are a great many different poetic styles. [1]. If you see "Winter icicles / plummeting like Enron stock..." perhaps you've got a haiku in your head. As a poet, you have a wide variety of set forms to choose from: limericks, sonnets, villanelles ... the list goes on and on. You may also choose to abandon form altogether and write your poem in free verse. While the choice may not always be as obvious as the example above, the best form for the poem will usually manifest itself during your writing.
  5. Try to fit into a particular scene you want to write about. For example, if you want to write about nature, try to visit a park or a small forest nearby. The natural scenery will make you write a few lines, though they may not be perfect.
  6. Listen to your poem. While many people today have been exposed to poetry only in written form, poetry was predominantly an aural art for thousands of years, and the sound of a poem is still important. As you write and edit your poem, read it aloud and listen to how it sounds.
    1. This is where poems can become songs. It is easier to find a tune for regular meter, so maybe you want to cut words out or put some in to get the same number of syllables in each line. Memorize it. If you believe it, then maybe someone else will learn it and love it before it is a song.

  7. Write down your thoughts as they come to you. Don't edit as you write, or do edit as you write - the choice is yours. However, you should try both methods at least a couple times to see what works best for you.
  8. Choose the right words. It's been said that if a novel is "words in the best order," then a poem is "the best words in the best order." Think of the words you use as building blocks of different sizes and shapes. Some words will fit together perfectly, and some won't. You want to keep working at your poem until you have built a strong structure of words. Use only those words that are necessary, those that enhance the meaning of the poem. Choose your words carefully. The differences between similar sounding words or synonyms can lead to interesting word play.
  9. Use concrete imagery and vivid descriptions.
    • Love, hate, happiness: these are all abstract concepts. Many, maybe all, poems are, deep down, about emotions and other abstractions, but it's hard to build a strong poem using only abstractions - it's just not interesting. The key, then, is to replace or enhance abstractions with concrete images, things that you can appreciate with your senses: a rose, a shark, or a crackling fire, for example. The concept of the objective correlative may be useful. An objective correlative is an object, several objects, or a series of events (all concrete things) that evoke the emotion or idea of the poem.
    • Really powerful poetry not only uses concrete images; it also describes them vividly. Show your readers and listeners what you're talking about--help them to experience the imagery of the poem. Put in some "sensory" handles. These are words that describe the things that you hear, see, taste, touch, and smell, so that the reader can identify with their own experience. Give some examples rather than purely mental/intellectual descriptions. For example: "He made a loud sound" versus "He made a loud sound like a hippo eating 100 stale pecan pies with metal teeth".

  10. Use poetic devices to enhance your poem's beauty and meaning. The most well known poetic device is rhyme. Rhyme can add suspense to your lines, enhance your meaning, or make the poem more cohesive. It can also make it prettier. Don't overuse rhyme. It's a crime. In fact you don't have to use rhyme at all. Other poetic devices include meter, metaphor, assonance, alliteration, and repetition. If you don't know what these are, you may want to look in a poetry book or search the internet. Poetic devices can make a poem or, if they bring too much attention to themselves, they can ruin it.
  11. Save your most powerful message or insight for the end of your poem. The last line is to a poem what a punch line is to a joke--something that evokes an emotional response. Give the reader something to think about, something to dwell on after reading your poem. Resist the urge to explain it; let the reader become engaged with the poem in developing an understanding of your experience or message.
  12. Edit your poem. When the basic poem is written, set it aside for awhile and then read the poem out loud to yourself. Go through it and balance the choice of words with the rhythm. Take out unnecessary words and replace imagery that isn't working. Some people edit a poem all at once, while others come back to it again and again over time. Don't be afraid to rewrite if some part of the poem is not working. Sometimes you just can't fix something that essentially doesn't work.
  13. Get opinions. It can be hard to critique your own work, so after you've done an initial edit, try to get some friends or a poetry group (there are plenty online) to look at your poem for you. You may not like all their suggestions, and you don't have to take any of them, but you might find some insight that will make your poem better. Feedback is good. Pass your poem around, and ask your friends to critique your work. Tell them to be honest, even if it's painful. Filter their responses or ignore them altogether and edit as you see fit.


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Tips


  • Do you find that you never feel inspired when you sit down to write a poem? It's a common problem, and you can solve it by carrying a notebook with you everywhere in which you can jot down poem ideas as they come to you. Then, when you're ready to write, just get out the notebook and find an idea that catches your fancy.
  • You might want to listen to soothing music or look at pictures to calm and inspire you.
  • Don't forget that surprise makes art (writing) extra special. If you're going to drag out the tired old rose metaphor in a love poem, put your own twist on it.
  • Don't give up. You'll probably find that your poems become better and easier to write as you write more of them.
  • Poems can make a great gift.
  • Keep all of your poetry in a book whether you like it or not. In the future, you might be able to salvage some of the throwaways or publish your best work.
  • When writing poetry, try to plan it out, use all the senses and base it on one or two main ideas.
  • Avoid cliches or overused images. "The world is your oyster," is neither a brilliant nor an original observation.
  • If you are writing a poem to be sent to a newspaper or a family-friendly magazine, choose your words and topic with care. You don't want the paper to censor your original work or reject it because of profanity.
  • Try to think of words that rhyme before you put them down on paper. This saves you from erasing over, and over again.


Warnings


  • Avoid sharing your work with people who do not appreciate poetry. This is a mistake that can discourage you from being a poet. It is often difficult to explain that you are just trying your hand at something new. The best thing to do is ask someone you know who will support you (who also happens to appreciate the art of the written word) to kindly critique you.
  • To guard against plagiarism, do what you can to reinforce your copyrights to your work. One way to do this is to make a copy of your work, seal it into an envelope, place a stamp on it, and mail it back to yourself. When you receive it in the mail, don't open it. The un-opened envelope can provide additional evidence that you are the copyright holder should it ever be in question, although it is not guaranteed to prove it in court.
  • If you have too much imagery, it can actually hurt your poem. "Explosively radiating sunshine slammed through my window" is just over the top.
  • If you want others to read your poetry, ask yourself "If somebody else showed me this, would I like it?" If the answer is "no," edit the poem some more.
  • If you're simply brimming with ideas and inspiration, don't try to fit it all into one poem. You'll have the chance to write more in the future.


Things You'll Need


  • Paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Time
  • Great idea(s)


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Sources and Citations



  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Poetic_form



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Thursday, September 10, 2009

How to Write an Article: Writing Article Content

Author: Peter Nisbet

Writing article content for distribution is a very important part of learning how to write an article, and how well or badly you do it can make or break your online business. If this sounds a bit extreme, knowing how to write an article that keeps the reader riveted to your page can make a massive difference to your business than if your writing was bland and uninteresting. That is indisputable. Most people find the title easy to put together, even if many don't do it properly. However, it is the article content that most people seem to struggle with, particularly the first and last paragraphs.

It appears to be starting the article and finishing it that most inexperienced writers struggle with, not only with regard to the content of these sections but also the use of keywords. Article marketing is about writing articles that interest the reader, and then persuading these readers to visit your website. Not just any page, but a page that relates to the article. That is why you write an article - to get visitors to your web page. They must therefore be interested in your content, which must therefore be defined by the title.

For that reason it is difficult to regard each of the elements of an article independently. Each leads into the other. However, let's have a look at what's involved in writing article content, beginning with the first paragraph.

The first paragraph should take the form of an introduction to the subject of the article. The first sentence should include the main keyword, and will be very important in catching the reader's interest. Although the title would initially have done that, it is the first sentence that will persuade them to continue or to click away. It should almost be like another title, reinforcing the topic heading, and leading into the main content of the article.

Many people will write an article without understanding the importance of the introduction and the way it leads into the main body, and also of the importance of the concluding paragraph, and how it should lead into the resource that comes after it. Writing article content, therefore, is an extremely important part of article marketing, and how you write an article can, I repeat, make or break your online business.

This is particularly so if you rely on article marketing as your major marketing strategy, where the click-through rate of readers to your website is critical to your success. You should therefore pay most attention to the title and first paragraph than to any other part of the article. The reason for that is that if these are not right, the rest won't matter!

Introductory Paragraph

This should follow on from and reinforce the title. As previously stated, the first sentence should contain the main keyword. The next two or three should justify what you say in the first, and then lead into the main points of discussion. My first sentence above makes a bold statement, and the next three support it, or justify it. The final sentence then goes on to describe where the problem lies.

Body of the Article

This should expand on the points made in the introductory paragraph, and should follow on from the last two or three sentences. Expand on the main topic of the article, perhaps explain why the pint to you are making is important, and then propose a solution.

Of course, not all article are of the problem - solution type; some are informative and others narrative. However, irrespective of the subject matter, when you write an article for distribution you can and should still maintain a flow from title to first paragraph, and then from that to the body of the article, so that the interest of the reader is maintained.

Final Paragraph

The final paragraph should be a summing up, and lead into the author's resource, where you publish your web page URL. You should begin by summarizing what has been previously written, and end by suggesting that further information might be useful. Read how I do it below.

Make sure you keep your objective in mind when you write an article, irrespective of the subject matter. Writing article content is easy if you remember to construct your title in such as way as to attract interest, and reinforce that in your first paragraph, particularly in the first sentence where you will repeat your main keyword. Writing article content with then seem much easier, although there is still lot for most people to learn in respect of selecting the right keywords, and constructing titles and initial paragraphs to keep readers fixed on your page.

About the Author:

These are the basics of writing article content, and for more detailed information visit Pete's website at Article Czar where you will receive not only a free gift but also a free article writing course.

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How to Write a Song : Songwriting: Structure

It's OK to break the rules of songwriting, but know the structure of a song first so that you can break the rules intelligently. Learn how to write a song in this free music video.

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SongWriting and Poetry

Almost everyone enjoys music or expressing themselves through music. But many people don't know how to go about creating good music or writing good songs. If you have what it takes but want to hone your skills in songwriting game, then these articles and videos are definitely worth taking a gander at. And, if you enjoy poetry or writing poetry, neither will you be disappointed with treasures found among these savory links.

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10 Article Writing Tips For Writing Quality Articles

10 Article Writing Tips For Writing Quality Articles

Author: S McIntyre

When asked for article writing tips, you will surely get a variety of answers. One tip is not more important than the other.

In no particular order, here are my 10 tips that will help you with your writing so you can create the best article each and every time.

1. Gather ideas for your topics. Doing a brain dump is good. Just write ideas as they come to mind. You can sort it out by putting them into categories and subcategories; deleting duplicates and so on.

If sitting in your home office is stunting your creative juices, move to another location. Going for a walk outside clears a clogged mind, but at the same time old stuff is filtered out and new ideas are filtered in. Don't forget to bring something to help you remember your new ideas.

2. Working with an outline will help you stay focused and on the topic. You want to write with clarity and with substance. Don't get too wordy. Get to the point.

3. Research your topic if necessary. Providing misinformation is poor, unprofessional and you lose believability and credibility.

4. Write with a solution in mind. The reason you write is to inform and to help answer your target audience's questions.

5. Connect with your audience. People want to hear your voice. Don't be someone you're not. You get more respect if you are yourself and you are genuine. One of my favourite quotes comes from John Mason "You were born an original. Don't die a copy."

6. Have a beginning, middle and end. Grab your readers' attention with a mind blowing intro. Okay not mind blowing, but something that will entice them to read and not skim through.

The body is where all the juicy information is and the conclusion nicely sums up the message of the article.

7. Proofread, proofread, proofread. And then proofread again out loud. Get another pair of eyes and have them read through your article with a fine tooth comb. Microsoft Word spell checker doesn't detect correctly spelled words used incorrectly in a sentence. Read your apostrophes fully to see if it's (it is) right.

8. Don't be a perfectionist. It's okay to fine tune just don't over tweak, over think and over analyze. The more you edit, the more you lose the core of the article.

9. Write regularly, but not forced or rushed. The latter produces substandard articles.

10. Always have a thesaurus and dictionary close by and use it.

Each time you pick up a pen or start typing in Word, follow these article writing tips to ensure you always create the best quality writing masterpieces.

About the Author:

S McIntyre is the founder of http://www.WorkAtHomeSpace.com, a free work at home resource offering telecommuting jobs, daily job leads, articles, and other work at home related topics. For more article writing tips join her on her work at home forums.

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How to Build Credibility in Your Copy - An Essential Checklist

Written by Nicky Jameson

Thursday, 13 August 2009


Want to persuade your prospect to buy your product or service? Then assure them they are not making a fool of themselves for buying it.

As a marketer - or as business person writing your own copy, you always want to give your reader reasons to not just make a choice to buy your product. You also need to give them enough fodder to justify their purchase to themselves and to the people who matter to them. They need to be able to do this before they decide to buy.

Credibility is an essential element of persuasive copy. But you'd be surprised how often it's overlooked.

Here's how I would describe credibility: It's you proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that your product will do what you claim it will in your Benefit/Promise.

How To Build Credibility

There are several ways you can build credibility. The bottom line is that you must use as many credibility builders as you can when you write your copy. If you don't you'll end up with false sounding, hype-filled promotions, which sound insincere and unbelievable to your prospect.

Result - You can forget about persuading your prospect to buy anything.

Here are 5 top ways to build credibility.

1. Testimonials. These can be:

Gathered from feedback, surveys or from conversations with subscribers
Personal success stories from people who have used your product or service
A third person report of the success story or...
Personal letters from satisfied customers
When it comes to getting testimonials, be proactive. Ask for them. Usually, if you've delivered on your promise before, people will be only too happy to tell you how it's helped them, how they feel and why. When you receive spontaneous, unsolicited testimonials or feedback ask if you may use this feedback as a testimonial.

Even if you feel you have many testimonials, it's always a good idea to obtain more. By the way, asking for testimonials is also a good opportunity to talk to customers about any other needs they may have and how you can serve them better.

Testimonials are like gold... treat them as such.

2. Personal Profiles of experts or product creators

Include stories, studies and reports that validate your claims. You can collect them from sources your readers trust, such as:

The press

Professional organizations and studies,
Well-known experts in the same field (e.g. Warren Buffet for investing, Henry Ford for autos).
3. Photos

Before and after pictures - they prove a claim
Specific details that are unique to the product (e.g. from zero to 60 mph in under 12 seconds)
The right words... using relevant technical terminology creatively so that what you're writing about sounds real and substantial - for example"
Our state of the art GPS navigational system gives you extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions, while echo cancellation and noise reduction gives you excellent sound quality...

This may seem like a lot of work to do to build a credible product offer. But if you don't build credibility, you will have a hard time proving your case to your prospect and an even harder time selling anything to them.

Assume your prospect is already skeptical and do everything to prove your claims beyond a doubt.

It will make your copy much more successful.



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About The Author:

Nicky M. Jameson is a results-oriented B2B and Social Media Copywriting Expert who helps mid-sized and entrepreneurial technology companies stay profitable, competitive and successful. She's the author of the ground-breaking report The 19 "New" Rules of Social Media Copywriting. Get yourself a free copy of this special report at www.copywritingstudio.com/special-report.html. You can also contact and find out more about Nicky at www.copywritingstudio.com

How to excel the art of article writing?

Written by Amya Adora

Monday, 24 August 2009


Article marketing is a popular medium for online promotion. Writers use article writing techniques to keep the readers acquainted with the latest products and services. You can come across people who wish to buy a particular product but don't have the information about the qualities that describe the product effectively. Hence, these articles act as a guide for a layman, who reads them to collect information on the concerned topic.

However, you can find numerous articles on the Internet. A good article is the one that compels the reader to take some action or buy the particular market offering. It should create a need in the reader's mind. Hence, the given below article writing tips will be helpful for the writers.

Select a keyword:

Firstly, select a suitable keyword. The keyword plays a crucial role during online optimization techniques. Your article should revolve around the keyword. Repeat the keyword at least four to five times in the body of the article.

Select three points of discussion

Once you get the keyword, think of three issues (positive or negative) related to the topic. Jot them down on a piece of paper. Now, take each point and elaborate your views and practical evidences on them. Keep the information as interactive as possible. This grabs the attention of the reader. Add an introduction and conclusion paragraph to it and you'll get the complete body of the article.

Think of a catchy title

Article writing is incomplete unless you add an attractive title. The topic should generate readers' interest. A reader won't go through the body unless he/she doesn't find an appealing title. You can give a statement or raise questions like how to..? And what should..? To make the title attractive

So, follow these simple article writing tips to upgrade your content and take full advantage of this online marketing technique.
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About The Author:


Amya Adora is an online marketing expert with years of experience in online branding activities around the globe, with the US and UK markets in particular. She has also been an active participant in worldwide events related to various aspects of e-promotions(Affliate Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Software Development) and works as a consultant for Rupiz Media.

Hypnosis to Overcome Writers Block

Written by Roseanna Leaton

Friday, 28 August 2009


There's nothing more irritating to a writer to sit at ones desk and find that nothing pops into your mind or onto paper. Hypnosis will help you relax and access the creative part of your mind and get your ink flowing freely once more.
I received an e-mail yesterday asking how I came by my "rampant creativity" and whether or not I produced a hypnosis mp3 on this subject. I have never felt that my writing is particularly creative; rather I have what I think of as a "no-nonsense" style of writing. I just write about what I'm thinking; that's it really.

They say that there is a book in all of us, and I'm sure that there is. You just have to believe in yourself and commit to sitting down and allowing your words to flow. Everyone has their own approach to writing. Mine is probably a little unusual as I never have a plan with anything that I write. I just write the first sentence and if goes wherever it goes, if you see what I mean.

I remember when I was taking exams for my degree that you were advised that the examiner would mark you upon both your essay plan and your essay. I just couldn't do it. So, all I ended up doing was leaving a blank page before each essay and then going back and making a plan afterwards, just so I didn't miss out on those marks.

Whenever I try to plan an essay, blog or article my logical plan gets in the way of my creativity; the words simply will not flow. The result is stilted and forced and, to be truthful, not worth reading. I am sure this is what happens when one gets writer's block. Your logical mind is getting in your way. The problem with writers block is that as you become frustrated by your lack of words your creativity is further impeded; then you try to apply greater logical effort which once again blocks your creativity and a snow-ball effect ensues.

The way in which to overcome writer's block is to stop what you are doing and relax. Your creative mind will not work when you are tense or frustrated or when you are trying too hard. Your creative mind also needs fuel. You need to look around you with new eyes; you need to be "in the now" and apply full attention and awareness to what is going on around you. As you become absorbed in really LIVING your life you are constantly stimulating your mind. If you live your life in a constant circle of thoughts, you block out your perception of "now".

As you relax at night and drift off to sleep you will probably be aware that your dreams are incredibly vivid and creative. Your creative mind, your subconscious mind, comes to the fore as you relax. Hypnosis is the state between wake and sleep. Just by learning to use hypnosis you will learn to relax your mind and access the full power of your own creativity.

You can learn to use hypnosis with the help of a hypnosis download. It's easy, natural, quick and totally safe. In this way you can easily overcome writer's block; just learn how to relax with hypnosis and spend more time living "in the now". You will be happier and words will flow freely too. When you love life, everything becomes easier, writing included.

Roseanna Leaton, specialist in hypnosis for success, good health and well-being.

http://www.RoseannaLeaton.com

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About The Author:

With a degree in psychology and qualifications in hypnotherapy, NLP and sports psychology, Roseanna Leaton is one of the leading practitioners of self-improvement. You can get a free hypnosis download from http://www.RoseannaLeaton.com and peruse her extensive library of hypnosis mp3s for success.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Blogging 102

If you own a blog or have considered launching a blog, and want to get the most out of your blog, then you will appreciate these articles and videos of how write and produce quality content to make your blog stand out from the millions of other blogs on the Net.

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Blogging 101


Monetizing Blogs by Writing Reviews


Build a Product Review Blog For Your Own Niche

Producing Your Own Films and Videos

Devour these links and learn the key steps you need to take in order to create entertaining independent films and videos without making the costly mistakes many Independent Artists and Producers make.

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How to Make an Indie Film : Writing Your Own Script for an Independent Film


Winning Web Videos


How to Make the Perfect YouTube Video the Do's and Don'ts


Actors - Create Your Own Web Movie in 5 Easy Steps

Podcasts and Audio Books

If you're thinking about creating an online radio show or podcast to express your ideas and knowledge, or to promote and sell your book (or audio book), then you should make articles and videos like these part of your daily diet.

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Promoting Your Business With Podcasts


How to Make Money Online With Podcasts - 5 Little Secrets


How to Create a Podcast

Producing and Marketing Ebooks

Ebooks are another great way to publish and sell your writing and how-to information. Here you will find some great articles and video on how to create and get your Ebook in the hands of those who need it most.

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How to Write eBooks That Draw in the Money


5 Great Reasons For Writing an E-Book


Three Essential Tips to Writing Your Own eBook


How to Make an Ebook That Sells When You Don't Know Where to Start


"How Do I Sell My Ebook?" Everything You Need to Start Selling Ebooks!

Planning And Organizing Your Project

If you've ever felt the pain and frustration of trying to create high quality work because you weren't sure where to start or where you headed, planning and organizing (or re-organizing) may be the remedies you need to get rid of the confusion or mental roadblock.

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How to Manage Your Time

How to Manage Your Time as a Freelance Copywriter

Screenwriting

You will enjoy these articles and videos on how to improve your screenwriting techniques and creativity. It's an ideal collection of tips and instructions that will show you the way to create better screenplays, scripts, and plays for an audience eager to have some good entertainment.

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How to Write a Screenplay : What are Screenplays?


Writing A Great Script Fast: Step 17 Metaphors & Symbols


Writing A Great Script Fast: Step 19 Humor


Reality Shows - From Pitch To Pilot

Writing Reviews

This is a brilliant selection of tips and how-to information for any novice writer and will help you dig deeper and write better reviews.

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Monetizing Blogs by Writing Reviews


Build a Product Review Blog For Your Own Niche

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How to Write News Articles : How to Write a News Lead: Part 1

Learn how to write a news lead using this free journalism training video from ExpertVillage featuring Peggy Charlton. Contact: www.myspace.com/peggy_c




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Academic Writing Tips : How to Write a Movie Review

Learn how to write reviews more efficiently and professionally with a few introductory tips and sound advice to keep you on top of your game.

Writing A Great Script Fast: Step 17 Metaphors & Symbols

How much better would your script, story, or article be if you included metaphors and symbols? This nice lady can help you improve your project with the tools you need to make it better than the average script, novel, article, pilot tv show.

Writing A Great Script Fast: Step 19 Humor

What we have here are some great suggestions for how to improve the humor in your movie script, but this information can easily be applied to many types of writing projects.

How To Start A Travel Blog | Travel Blogging Niche for Beginners

David Boozer Shares his knowledge, some simple ideas, and strategies to help you start your very own travel blog.




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My Freelance Career : All About Freelance Travel Writing Jobs

Check out this informative video that explains some of benefits, struggles, expectations of Travel Writing and being a Freelance Travel Writer.

Motivation and Time Management

Keep yourself motivated to finish your MasterPiece with these helpful links and resources.

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Time Management Tips: How To Set Priorities

How To Overcome Procrastination - Part 1

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Jump Start Your Life!

Write Strategy: Think, Believe, Attack

How to Stay Motivated As a Writer

How to Manage Your Time as a Freelance Copywriter

Relaxation and Vibe

Relax, Meditate, Write More, and Improve your creativity, ability to focus, and vibe with these helpful resources.

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Publishing and Marketing

If you want to be successful and make a living with your writing, you must use an effective marketing and distribution campaign to help you get your product in the hands of those who thirst for information, advice, good writing, and entertainment. These links aim to please and help you on your golden road to Success.

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Your Book Is A Business


5 Ways To Make Money At Home Online


Online Marketing Articles - Guide to Writing Good Headlines


How to Write a Great Business Vision Statement


Promoting Your Business With Podcasts


"How Do I Sell My Ebook?" Everything You Need to Start Selling Ebooks!


Why You Should Keep Writing Articles to Market Yourself


How to Build Credibility in Your Copy - An Essential Checklist

Writer's Block

These writing templates are words and phrases to help you find the right expressions to develop your article, story, or how-to information. Keep them close at hand and they'll help fight the dreaded condition of "writer's block".

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Lead Sentences


Transitions


Conclusions


Situations


Dialogue

Writing Letters

This list is a collection of links and tips to serve you when you need to write letters and email.

Non-Fiction Writing

If you really want to write and produce books, documentaries, movies, articles, novels, blogs, music, or poetry, then you really need to check out this selection of useful links, guaranteed to give you a "leg up" in the game.

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Academic Writing Tips : How to Write a Movie Review

Fiction Writing

Keep those creative juices flowing! Learn how to become a serious writer. Take your game to the next level...

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How to Write a Novel


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Adding Character Depth Through Perception


Put Tension into Your Stories to Keep Readers Reading


Suspense is the Ingredient That Keeps Your Readers Turning Those Pages

Journalism

If you've ever thought about becoming a serious Journalist, then this page will offer many options and links to help you pursue your dreams...

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Journalism Jobs : How to Become a Journalist

How to be a Local Sports Reporter : How to Have Cover the Sport You Love as a Sports Reporter

How to be a Local Sports Reporter : How to Write Good Sports Journalism

Travel Writing

Articles

If you're in need of a little help with your writing, your answer may lie here.

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How to Write an Article - 5 Types


Seven Ways to Write a Book Faster


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It's All In The Title


Have You Decided to Become a Freelance Writer? Avoid These 7 Mistakes!


How to excel the art of article writing?


10 Article Writing Tips For Writing Quality Articles

How to be a Local Sports Reporter : How to Have Cover the Sport You Love as a Sports Reporter

This is an informative video on covering the sport you love and can easily be adapted and applied to any hobby, interest, activity, profession, system, idea, or cause that you care about.

How to be a Local Sports Reporter : How to Write Good Sports Journalism

Great info those who have seriously considered writing their own sportscasts or becoming a Sports Journalist. Tells you exactly how to keep an audience intrigued. Good for building conversation skills too!

Journalism Jobs : How to Become a Journalist



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How to Direct a Movie: Independent Filmmaking : What is a Movie Storyboard?

How to Direct a Movie: Independent Filmmaking : Tips for Directing a Movie

This guy, Expert: Rhett Reiger, gives it to you straight about "Directing a Movie"... Have you ever considered being the Director of an Independent Film? Here are some awesome tips you need to know to avoid some of the headaches involved with directing and developing your MasterPiece.


How to Make an Indie Film : Writing Your Own Script for an Independent Film

Good tips on how to select free talent (or very inexpensive talent), props, and settings, for a low-cost easy-to-make independent film or video. Again, your good writing skills can make or break your movie!

How to Write a Screenplay : What are Screenplays?

Learn how to create a screenplay with today's newest screenwriting software.

Who's Telling This Story, Anyway?

by: Cindy A Christiansen

I want to address another issue that beginning writers often have difficulty accomplishing. The Writing Perspective. Who the heck is telling this story, anyway? Is it the author, the character, more than one character at a time, or some unknown person that knows everything that's going on? In a lot of the entries I've judged, writers are using a combination of these perspectives which tends to confuse the reader. Pick the best option that works for your story and stick with it.

Below is a brief summary of the different types of writing perspectives. If you don't know or understand them well, please find a good book on the subject.

* First person includes the thoughts and opinions of one main character. This person is telling the story and is told from the point-of-view (POV) of 'I'. Example:

I danced across the floor.

* Third person with one character's POV. Example:

She danced across the floor, pain searing in her ankle.

* Third person with multiple characters telling their POV one at a time. In this perspective, you pick out 2 to 3 main characters and tell the story from each of their views, but not at the same time. A character tells their POV in a scene, it ends and the next scene begins with another character's perspective. Example:

She continued to dance across the floor, not sure whether she could withstand the pain searing in her ankle. The curtain fell as she collapsed.

~ * ~ [Scene change]

Bill rushed to Angie, knowing the pain must be excruciating. He knelt by her side, cradling her head in his lap.

* Third person with thoughts and feelings from two or more main characters at once. Also called head-hopping. Example:

She danced across the stage. Pain echoed up her leg and back down to her broken ankle. He knew she couldn't dance another step with a broken ankle.

* Third person omniscient includes a narrator who is a know-it-all. The narrator tells the story from everyone's POV. He knows everyone's thoughts and feeling. Example:

Angie danced across the floor. The pain tore through her ankle. Bill rushed up and caught her just after the curtain dropped. She fell into his arms, sweat beading her brow. He knew she had to be in a great deal of pain. How could he have known that the doctor switched the medications and injected her with cyanide.

There are a few other types of POV, but these are the main categories. As I said, new writers tend to combine these POVs, leading to confusion on the part of the reader. Here is an example of mixed perspectives:

[Third person/ one character POV] Angie danced across the floor, her ankle on fire with pain. The doctor had told her the medicine should have started working by now. What went wrong? The pain continued to radiate through her ankle, and she felt...odd. Her heart raced uncontrollably. She spotted Bill in the wings. If she could only make it across the stage to him.

[Third person omniscient] Angie didn't know that the doctor had exchange the vial of pain medication for a vial of cyanide. She had no idea that Bill's mother had orchestrated the whole plan because she didn't want Bill to marry her. When she reached Bill's arms, she collapsed dead.

Do you see how if you are in Angie's POV you cannot know what the doctor did or what Bill's mother had planned, or know that she was going to die?

In romance writing, the story is typically written in third-person with scenes in both the hero and the heroine's POV. First person is another perspective used a great deal in chick-lit romances. Multi-published authors can get away with head-hopping. I find it difficult to read, and it loses the voice of the character as they are telling their own version of the story.

Also remember to give each character their own voice. I'm not talking about accents and such. I'm talking about the way they might think in their head; more of a personality issue. I read a lot of books and entries where both the hero and the heroine think and sound the same. How many real people do you know that think and act alike? I'm sure you know that men and women think and feel eomtions in their own way. Try to remember this as you are writing the next best novel.

Give it a try. I know your characters will really come to life.



About The Author

Cindy A. Christiansen is a multi-published author and a member of Romance Writers of America. To find out more, visit her website at: http://c.a.dragonfly.googlepages.com


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