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How to Write About Family in a Memoir

To write honestly and compassionately about members of your family, you must first reflect on your purpose, your approach, the details of your story and the potential reactions your family members might have. Here's how to do that.

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A Goal Plan for Writers Designed to Guarantee Success

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I used to make them every year. But, like most people, I made them unrealistic and immeasurable, and often tried to achieve too much, too fast. Then, a few months into the New Year, I’d realize I’d already missed at least one of my resolutions, and shortly thereafter,...

How to Pay it Forward Within the Literary Community

There’s something about the holiday season that puts people in a generous mood. From random anonymous acts of kindness to time-honored remembrances, it truly is the giving season. Heck, even the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes during the holidays. So what can writers do to pay it forward within the literary community? Here are...

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Best 3 Writing Gigs on Retainer

Steady paychecks month after month. Easy writing assignments because you know the audience. Happy clients who value you and your writing. These are just a few of the benefits of writing on retainer.

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Writing Dystopian Fiction: 7 Tips

As the middleclass lives out the tale spun by Stephen King’s Thinner, we might find ourselves picking up a dystopian novel to relive our despondent youths. In other words, if you feel angry about the current political milieu, then you just might be a dystopian author.

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Ongoing Paid Writing Assignments

Imagine having a paid writing assignment you can count on--every month! (Or even every week!) It’s possible, if you write on retainer — which basically means a company hires you (and usually pays you a monthly flat fee in advance) to ensure you’ll write for them on a regular basis.

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How to Land New Clients

When it comes to making a living as a writer, it’s not about getting the occasional writing gig ... You’re looking for ongoing clients … people who can give you assignment after assignment … so that you can focus on what you do best – writing!

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From Proposal to Contract in Under a Week

For several years I labored in the agent fields, trying to harvest one for my book on helping doctoral candidates finish their dissertations. My approach, I was sure, was new, based on my longtime practice of coaching doctoral students and editing their dissertation drafts.

Books Without Boundaries

If Bill Gates said it, I tend to believe it. The software tycoon-turned-philanthropisthas been proven right on just about everything. (If you forget the Zune and that CTRL-ALT-DEL thing.) At the dawn of the internet, Gates published an essay that started off with this line: “Content is where I expect much of the real...

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Destroy All Roadblocks that Stand in Your Way

Last week, we took a huge step in moving you forward as a well-paid writer … I asked you to visualize what the writer’s life means to you — in very specific terms. And then I asked you to evaluate the potential paths that match your needs, and make a decision on which path...