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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


How to Write News Articles : How to Write a News Lead: Part 2

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.

Video provided by David Boozer

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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.


Time Management Tips: How To Set Priorities

How To Overcome Procrastination - Part 1

How To Stop Procrastinating - Part 2

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.

How to Do Nothing

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.


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".


Hypnosis to Overcome Writers Block
Lead Sentences





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.


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

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...


How to Become a Writer from wikiHow

How to Write a Novel

Guide to Writing a Novel - 10 Tips For The Beginning Author

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


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...


How to Write News Articles : How to Write a News Lead: Part 1 and 2

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


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


Make Money Writing Articles - How To Make Money Writing Articles

How to Write an Article - 5 Types

Seven Ways to Write a Book Faster

Good Metaphor Examples Improve Your Storytelling

Expository Essay

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

Expert: Bruce Edwards
Contact: www.rutlandherald.com
Bio: Bruce Edwards is an award-winning 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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Writing Is a Process

by: Dawn Goldberg

As I work with people at different stages of the writing process, I find that they're often surprised that there IS a writing process. Most often, we imagine how a "real" writer works. He sits down at his lovely, mahogany desk and gets out his pad of paper or his antiquated typewriter. He flexes his fingers, and grabs his favorite fountain pen or starts typing on the keys. Suddenly, words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters fly onto the paper. After some pre-determined time, Real Writer puts down his pen or takes his fingers off the keys, stretches, sighs a sigh of satisfaction, and gets up from the desk. He brushes his hands together - another successful day of writing done and pages of manuscript in the hopper.


That's how we imagine it works, but it doesn't. Writing is a process with at least three distinct parts.

• Prewriting: Organizing your thoughts. Spewing out details. Deciding what you want to write about. Determining your purpose, audience, message, tone. Questions.

• Writing: Taking all the fodder from the prewriting step and starting to create form from mass. This is where sentences, paragraphs, chapters start to materialize.

• Editing and revision: But wait! You're not done yet! Editing and revision is the process of going back over what you've written and making it better. It's not just pulling the weeds (the bad stuff) out of the garden. It might also be deciding to plant more strong, healthy flowers (the good stuff) in new places. Editing and revision isn't all about making bad good. It's also about taking what's powerful and strengthening that.

The problem is usually that we try to do all three steps at once. I'm not talking about sitting down and prewriting, then writing, and then finally editing - in three separate, distinct chunks of time. No, usually people try to sit down and start writing the final draft right off the bat.

Why is this a problem?

First, it stunts the creative process. You're trying to write full sentences and make them perfect instead of just getting the ideas down. Instead of playing with ideas and having fun with them, you bring out the editor right away.

And the minute you start editing, you shut off the creative side of your brain. You can't create and edit at the same time. Creativity and editing use two different parts of your brain, and you can't do them effectively together.

To effectively edit, you need more time between the draft and editing. If you go straight into editing mode after writing mode, you're still lodged into the writing mindset. You're reviewing the words you've written with the lenses you've just written through. Here's an example: you're telling your spouse about a conversation you just had with your mother. The conversation is fresh, and you're replaying it in your head. You hear your mother's voice, and you remember your responses. You're still stuck in that conversation in your head as you try to recount it to your spouse. Because you're intimately familiar with the conversation, you might forget that lovely spouse wasn't anywhere in it and you might leave out a few details. But if you didn't have a chance to tell your spouse about the conversation until two days later, you'd probably be thinking about what to relate from a viewpoint of what background do you need to give, and what additional details does your spouse need in order to get the full picture. You need that time in between writing and editing, too.

You need to be able to step back and see your writing as a single, whole piece, not as an extension of your mindset.


About The Author

Dawn Goldberg brings life to words and writing - and helps others through their writing and publishing journey. Sign up for Fuel For Your Writing Journey at Write Well U (http://www.WriteWellU.com)

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Your Book Is a Business

by: Dawn Goldberg

You're passionate about your message. Whether it's about frogs, women business owners, or creating financial stability, you have this burning desire to get your message out and help people (or frog lovers). The best way to do that is to write a book, right? Reach more people (and frog lovers) and, at the same time, become an expert in your field.

Writing and publishing a book isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's work. If you're a new author, you might think that the majority of the work is in writing the damn book. Not so. That's the easy part. It's in the post-final-manuscript stage that the real work begins. You might be thinking that you just have to find an agent or a publisher, and then you can sit back and relax, watch the publisher work its tail off to market your book, and wait for your royalty checks to arrive.

Whether you self-publish or go with a traditional publishing house, YOU are going to be instrumental to the publishing, marketing, and selling of your book. And that means that you have to shift your mindset around your book. While your book is fundamentally your passion, you have to start looking at it as a business.

First, publishers and agents look at your book that way. Their job is to sell books. They're only going to bring on books that will sell. They don't really care how passionate you are about frogs, women entrepreneurs, and financial stability. They have revenues and return on investment to worry about. Each book is a product for them. Can they sell it? What is the market? Is the author marketable? Will there be other ancillary books (products)? What are the other competing books?

For you to have a shot, you need to be thinking like a business owner, not just a writer. Here are some things to consider.

Platform - What kind of audience and following do you have right now? Do you publish an Ezine and have a database to which you send your Ezine? Do you speak? At what kinds of events? How many people attend your events? Do you collaborate with any other organizations and companies? Can you depend on them to help you get the word out? If you don't have a platform, what do you need to do to get one?

Target Market - Who is your book written for? The answer is NOT "everyone." You really have to think about the person who will read the book. Male or female? How old? Where does she work? Or does she work? Does she have kids? What's her annual income? What are her fears? What are her goals? What keeps her up at night? What is her passion?

Viability - What's the purpose of your book? What problem or challenge does it solve? Have you determined that there is a need? In other words, your book should solve an existing need, not create a need. What are its benefits? What are its features?

Marketing Plan - What activities will you engage in to sell your book? Book tours? Blog book tours? Book signings? Amazon book selling programs? How does your website fit into your marketing plan? How do you build your customer list? Do you give away any products or services for free? How does media (social and traditional) fit into your marketing? Do you have a plan, or do you just engage in activities haphazardly?

Sales Funnel - Your book is a business, and it's only one part of your business. How does it fit in with other products and services you offer? If you do speaking events, are you set up for back-of-the-room sales? Your sales funnel should include low-price services/products, medium-price, and high-end. What does your sales funnel look like? Is there a natural flow from one product/service in the sales funnel to the others? How do the other pieces of your business (website, blog, social media) support this?

More Than a Book - Many authors find that the biggest benefit of writing their book is that it lends them credibility and opens doors for other opportunities. If you're now a credible expert (because you've written a book) on frogs, women entrepreneurs, or financial stability, what can you do with that? What organizations and associations do you need to be pinging about using you, the expert? Are there workshops, workbooks, events that are natural follow-ups to the message in your book? Can you collaborate with other experts and "celebrities" in your field?

You might be a little overwhelmed by all the questions I've posed. It's not something you'll build in a day. Just like you didn't write your book in one sitting, you won't create the business of your book in one day either. If you're just starting out writing your book, then you can be looking at these areas and working on them at the same time. If you already have a book, then start building the business part of it.

Frog lovers, women business owners, and the financial world will thank you.


About The Author

Dawn Goldberg brings life to words and writing - and helps others through their writing and publishing journey. Sign up for Fuel For Your Writing Journey at Write Well U (http://www.WriteWellU.com)

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Five Simple Ways To Boost Your Article Writing Confidence

by: Sarah E. White

Whether you're building a career as a freelance writer or simply writing articles to promote your website or products, having confidence in your writing ability is a key to being successful. But what if you don't see yourself as a great writer or don't feel like people should want to listen to what you have to say?

It's easy to build your confidence in your writing ability if you're consistent as both a writer and promoter of your articles.

1. Write every day. This seems pretty obvious, but a lot of writers or people who want to use articles as part of their marketing efforts don't take the time to write something every day. You don't have to finish a complete article every day, but taking even just a few minutes to write day in and day our will make you feel much more confident in your ability to write articles.

2. Don't try for perfection. It's easy to feel like every word you put out into the world has to be perfect, that every article must be beautifully formed, no matter how long it takes. But the truth is, just getting articles out in the world, even if they're not perfect, is a great way to boost your confidence because just getting your words out into the world will make you feel better. You'll also start getting feedback right away, which helps you improve your writing based on what other people are saying about your articles.

3. Keep putting yourself out there. When your articles or ideas are rejected by readers, it hurts. But you have to keep submitting articles or article ideas if you're looking to boost your freelance writing career. If you're an article marketer, you have to keep putting out articles to keep driving traffic to your website. Do your best to let go the ones that don't get a great response, and redouble your efforts to write good content in the future.

4. You are the expert. Remember that you are an authority on whatever subject it is you are writing about. You're sharing your expertise with people who are hungry for the information you have to share. Those people don't care if your articles are flawless (though it certainly helps if they're as clean and concise as possible); they just want the information your articles provide. Remember that whenever you sit down to write.

5. See what else is out there. Reading other articles, books and blogs in your area of expertise gives you a great idea what other people are talking about in your niche, as well as areas where people might have questions or worries. If you can answer those questions or set aside those fears in your articles, you're sure to make voracious fans who'll read everything you put out. There' no bigger confidence boost than that.


About The Author

Sarah E. White, the Freelance Coach, helps freelance writers and those who would like to become freelance writers with writing and business tips, coaching and information products. Visit her website, http://www.freelance-coach.com for a free report, “The Writer’s Dozen: Quick Tips for Freelancers’ Most Pressing Problems.”

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