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How to Come Up with Fresh Story Ideas

Writing

How to Come Up with Fresh Story Ideas

by: Caterina Christakos

How to Come Up with Fresh Story Ideas When Your Well has Been Tapped Dry
When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s works is all I can permit myself to contemplate.
—John Steinbeck
I know that it seems easier to make that extra pot of coffee, read that good book, that you have had in storage for the last ten years, and suddenly decide to make the kids that Halloween costume by hand, than it can be to make yourself sit down and write. Believe me, I have been there.
Here are some brainstorming techniques to get your brain pumping again and churning out ideas.
1) I...

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In Spellchecker We Trust… Right?

Writing

In Spellchecker We Trust… Right?

by: Jan Kovarik

This article could have easily been titled “We Don’t Need a Proofreader…right?” Businesses today are transforming printed text into computer-based documents and, well, all you have to do is run the computer’s spellchecker to make sure there aren’t any mistakes…right?
Spellcheckers are wonderful things, but the truth is that if the document that you just received and/or are about to send out to your client was checked only by a computer spellchecker, then it could contain some very embarrassing errors. The English language (especially Americanized English) is a multi-layered honeycomb of word usages and nuances that can confound a computerized spellchecker’s ability to produce a document that is 100% error-free...

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A First Time Author’s Publicity Kit Materials

Writing

A First Time Author’s Publicity Kit Materials

by: Laura Hickey

If you’re a new author that has been requested to send publicist materials, you may feel left in the dark on what to send. Here’s a list of the usual items.
1. Author Bio
This is no place for modesty. You’re competing with many other authors out there and need to show how your hot and worth it. Remember to include your accomplishments and give a little background information. Often readers want to know about the author’s interests..
2. A photo
This is optional, but if you want to get your face out there, this could help. Keep in mind that not every editor will use your photo.
3. Interviews
Any newspaper/magazine clippings may be include if it’s related to you and your writing, awards an accomplishments...

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Free Money For College

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Free Money For College

by: Vanessa McHooley

What if someone came up to you and offered you $5000 to attend college? Or after college, what if someone called you and asked if you wanted a couple thousand dollars to pay off some student loans? The obvious answer is, “Where do I sign up?” But, the truth is that there are hundreds of ways for you to receive free money for college today – you just need to know where to look.
Search For “Free” Money First
With the emergence of the internet, finding places, companies, and events that offer free money for college has never been as easy. To start, try typing in “free money for college” into a search engine on the internet. Behold thousands upon thousands of web sites that offer you free money just for attending college...

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How You Can Improve Your Songwriting Skill

Writing

How You Can Improve Your Songwriting Skill

by: Mantius Cazaubon

Are you a beginning songwriter who strives towards writing songs that become hits? Do you need to know how you can improve your songwriting skill?
It’s not too complicated. Don’t try to re-invent the wheel. As far as I’m concerned the best way to improve your songwriting is to study what hit songwriters do. Forget about the mediocre stuff and learn from the leaders in the songwriting and music industry. Study what works.
As a songwriter who has written quite a few number one songs in my country, one thing that has helped me and continues to help me is the radio. I listen to the radio all the time so I know what type of song is happening. I know what people like, what they want to hear, and what is current...

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