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Author Archives: Courtney Carpenter

A Checklist for Marketing Your Travel Writing

travel writing | how to write a travel article

A Checklist for Marketing 1. You can’t write for it if you haven’t read it. Go to the local library or newsstand and seek out the publications 2. No one starts at … Read more

Breaking into Corporate Writing For Freelancers: Contracts & Rates

freelance writing | corporate writing

If you are interested in corporate writing, read today’s tip of the day from 102 Ways To Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less by I.J. Schecter. Before accepting any writing assignment, … Read more

Become a Copywriter With the Breaking Into Copywriting Premium Collection!

copywriting kit | make money copywriting

This month’s premium collection, Breaking Into Copywriting, gives you the resources to become a freelance or full-time copywriter, build a copywriting portfolio, and sharpen your copywriting skills. Read more

Meet Nina Amir, Author of How to Blog a Book

Blogging is an essential part of today’s world. It’s a valuable tool for aspiring writers who want to attract the attention of agents & editors as well as authors whose goal is … Read more

Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal: Sample Chapters

book proposal | publish a nonfiction book

In today’s writing tip Sharlene Martin and Anthony Flacco, authors of Publish Your Nonfiction Book, discuss one of the nine essential elements to a book proposal–sample chapters. Always begin with your first … Read more

Writing Fiction: The Three Types of Lead Characters

Writing a Book: Types of Characters | Revision & Self-Editing James Scott Bell

Today’s writing tip comes from Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell. If you are writing a fiction book, you’ll need to create a strong lead character for your … Read more

Six Reasons For Using An Epilogue

setting in writing | between the lines

You need a clear reason for writing an epilogue, and it cannot be used to simply tie up loose ends, which you should do during your falling action. Without a proper purpose … Read more

The 3 Skills Every Successful Freelance Writer Must Have

careers for english majors | freelance writing skills

Today’s writing tip discusses freelancing for a living. If you are thinking about becoming a freelance writer and wondering what skills you need to survive within the freelancing world, today’s writing tip … Read more

4 Questions To Ask Yourself When Writing Scenes

fiction writing | scene length

Today’s writing tip comes from Make a Scene by Jordan E. Rosenfeld and focuses on scene intentions, or goals for your protagonist. Read on to learn four questions to ask yourself when … Read more

Writing the Book You Were Meant to Write

book in a month | how to write a book in a month

Today’s tip of the day comes from Setting and Keeping Goals, a chapter in Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. Here she discusses how to write the book you were … Read more

Breaking into Travel Writing: The 5 Elements of Writing Travel Articles

travel writing | how to write a travel article

If you want to break into travel writing, either as a full-time travel writer or as a freelance writer, you’ll need to know how to write a travel article. Today’s writing tip … Read more

The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction

fiction writing | getting published

Do you wonder want readers want? In today’s writing tip, you’ll discover the 21 key traits of best-selling fiction excerpted from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr. The 21 … Read more

What Every Fiction Writer Should Do Before Submitting A Book to an Agent

find an agent | book agent

If you aspire to write a fiction book and get published the traditional way, you’ll need to know what to do before you query an agent. Today’s tip comes from Get an … Read more

Learn How to Write & Sell a Novel From Author Hallie Ephron!

selling a novel | writing tutorial

Author Hallie Ephron teaches you how to write and sell a fiction novel in Crafting and Selling a Page-Turner, an online writing tutorial by Writer’s Digest. Read more

16 Blogging Tips For Writing Fresh Content & Attracting Readers

Get Published With an Author's Platform | Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

If you already write a blog or are thinking of creating one, you’ll need to know how to attract and keep your readers interested. Today’s tip comes from Christina Katz’s book Get … Read more

Bring Your Characters to Life: An Exclusive Writing Kit

Bring Your Characters to Life | Writing Kit

Creating a cast of characters that fit the story you’re trying to tell is essential. Buy the Bring Your Characters to Life Premium Collection and learn how to create, name, and develop your characters. Read more

3 Steps For Overcoming Writer’s Block

writing a life story | how to write nonfiction

This writing tip addresses overcoming writer’s block and is excerpted from You Don’t Have to Be Famous by Steve Zousmer.  Being stuck at the start creates a special kind of frustration. Before … Read more

Starting a Freelance Career: A Couple Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Write & Sell Short Fiction

Are you new to writing and exploring what type of writing you want to do? This eBook excerpt, How Do I Start a Freelance Career?, from the Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, covers everything … Read more

4 Techniques For Improving Your Writing Style

grammatically correct the essential guide | how to improve your writing skills

Today’s tip of the day comes from Grammatically Correct and describes some techniques for improving your writing style and for assessing how well your efforts are succeeding. Not all these strategies will … Read more

Finding Time to Write: 10 Fiction Writing Techniques & Creative Writing Exercises


The newest issue of Writer’s Digest is out! In the September 2012 issue, the WD editors confront one of the most discussed topics among writers: Finding time to write. Read more

Marketing a Screenplay

WM Companion

If you don’t have an agent, and have no contacts in the business, you can still market your script on your own. Before you try, however, take one preparatory step: Register your … Read more

An Exclusive Kit For Writing Mystery Novels or Thrillers


Whether you are just starting to brainstorm a story idea or have a finished manuscript, the Writing Mysteries and Thrillers That Sell Premium Collection helps you plot, structure, write and sell a mystery novel or thriller! Read more

Sell Your Book Like Wildfire: The Writer’s Guide to Marketing & Publicity

how to sell a book | guide to marketing

Learn how to get your book in front of more readers with Sell Your Book Like Wildfire, a guide to marketing and selling your book. Plus, discover effective principles for growing your online community and expanding your author platform. Read more

Spotlight On: Object Poems

object poem | how to write an object poem

Are you interested in writing poetry? There are many different types of poetry, but today’s writing tip spotlights object poems. Discover what an object poem is and see examples of object poems … Read more

Break the Rules of Writing & Get Inspired!

writer's digest magazine | the rules of writing

The newest issue of Writer’s Digest spotlights the art of breaking the rules. You’ll learn ways to break out of your comfort zone, tools to help you create conflict within your story, and advice for getting the most out of writing conferences. Read more

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