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Nov.05.2009
My writing roots are grounded in magazine journalism, and I still spend a good bit of my time each year writing articles for a variety of publications. I have a monthly gig writing an article for a trade magazine, and I try to write a variety of articles related to my interests and to the books I...
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Nov.04.2009
If, like me, you enjoy journalistic endeavors, but you also enjoy the more literary side of writing, you might want to try your hand at a piece of creative nonfiction this month. If offers a journalist with a fiction-like flair to have some fun while still reporting on true events. However,...
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Nov.03.2009
During this month, we will explore a variety of nonfiction forms. For the next few days, however, we will take a closer look at journalistic endeavors. Many nonfiction writers have aspirations of writing for newspapers or magazines. Plus, many authors of nonfiction books find it necessary at times...
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Nov.02.2009
Day two of Write Nonfiction in November has dawned. Are you feeling the pressure of moving forward with your nonfiction writing project? Are you fingers sitting over the keyboard and...not moving? Do you know what you want to write but are you having trouble getting the words to flow? Or are you...
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Nov.01.2009
Are your hands posed over the keyboard ready to begin? Are you waiting, as if for the gun to go off so you can start writing your book, e-book, article, essay, query letter, proposal, or whatever work of nonfiction you’ve chosen to create during the Write Nonfiction in November (WNFiN) 2009...
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Oct.31.2009
Today is October 31st, but I’m not writing this post to wish you a Happy Halloween. I’m writing it to remind you that it’s almost time…to for the beginning of the third annual Write Nonfiction in November (WNFiN) challenge! If putting on a costume and eating candy helps you write, so be it. If...
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Oct.23.2009
November revolves around writing, and, like the Thanksgiving holiday celebrated during this month, that's something for which to be grateful. First, it was named National Novel Writing Month by Chris Baty, who began in 1999 with 21 San Francisco Bay Area friends writing a novel in 30 days. Of the...
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Oct.15.2009
October is half over...That means it's almost November. Time, once again, for Write Nonfiction in November! Whoo hoo! I didn't manage to post a blog last month. I was too busy setting up some really great guest bloggers for this year's challenge. You'll be so pleased with the line up! And, to get...
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Aug.27.2009
Has anyone been wondering what ever happened with the Amazon/Booksurge issue? Remember, Amazon wanted all Print-on-Demand (POD) publishers to use its subsidiary, BookSurge, to print their books or else...or else it would turn off the "buy" buttons for those books on Amazon.com? And...
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Jul.29.2009
I became a writer simply because I love to write.  However, as a nonfiction writer with aspirations of becoming a published book author, I’m often asked to do something other than what I love to do.  I’m asked to speak. You see, typically these days a nonfiction writer like myself needs more than...
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Jun.09.2009
Seven Tips for Getting Past Depression and Discouragement and Back to Joyous and Passionate Writing   Today I’m depressed.  I’m dejected.  I’m discouraged.  I’ve had trouble getting the contributions I need for the book I’m compiling and which must be completed in a few weeks.  When my new...
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May.28.2009
I tend to be a fairly verbose writer. My husband actually calls me “The Queen of Verbosity.” Yes, I can write a lot in a short amount of time. I admit it. When I’m working on assignment, I often find that I have exceeded my 1, 500-word article requirement, for example, by at least double – if not...
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May.01.2009
For a writer, sometimes getting started represents the hardest part of the writing process. Getting that first word or sentence out onto the paper or screen can feel like trying to give birth to a breach baby. For me, it’s the lead to an article or the first paragraph or two of an essay or of a...
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Mar.31.2009
In early March I traveled to Connecticut to do two talks related to two of my book projects. As part of that trip, I managed to land two radio interviews. Although I do a monthly podcast on Conversations with Mrs. Claus, I don't have much experience with radio interviews. Really, I'm a writer more...
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Feb.24.2009
Imagine yourself riding in the elevator at a hotel where you are attending a writer's conference. The door opens and in steps the one agent you really, really think would serve as the perfect literary representative for you and your book. You open your mouth, introduce yourself and begin to speak....
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