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Private versus Federal Consolidation Loans – What’

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Private versus Federal Consolidation Loans – What’s the Difference?

by: Vanessa McHooley

A consolidation loan lets you combine your federal student loans into a single loan with one monthly payment. There are two programs available for consolidating student loans:

The Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, through which banks, secondary markets, credit unions, and other lenders provide the consolidation loan
The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, through which the federal government provides the consolidation loan

There are several differences between these programs, as outlined in the table below:
FFEL Program
Lenders – Banks, secondary markets, and credit unions
Loans accepted – Can accept all eligible loans from eligible borrowers, but are not requir...

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The Great, Okay and the Ugly of E-Publishing

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The Great, Okay and the Ugly of E-Publishing

by: Shalla de Guzman

SHALLA CHATS with author Tina Gerow about: “The Great, Okay and the Ugly of E-Publishing”
Who’s Tina? Tina Gerow has great passion for romance and anything paranormal. She writes “the weird stuff” with sarcasm. Her debut novel, Into a Dangerous Mind, published by Triskelion, comes out this May.
Shalla: Hi Tina.
Tina: Hi. It’s great to be able to talk with you.
Shalla: So you’re getting e-published. That’s interesting. We’ve heard the great, the okay and the ugly about e-publishing and we like to ask you about your experiences with it.
First of all, what made you decide to go the e-publishing route?
Tina: I heard all of the bad stories too, so as a fresh newbie, I only queried print publishers...

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Poetry Workshops

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Poetry Workshops

by: Rose DesRochers

I find poetry workshops study more the theory and craft of writing poetry. I joined one in the past and found it to be filled with snobs who pretty much write bad poetry. Half of what they say can not even be understood. Their poetry consists of nothing more but verses of diarrhea metaphors. Hearing the opinions and critiques of other writers is a vital component of every creative writer’s growth, however I find workshops don’t take into count poetic licensing ;when they critique the submissions of members. They seem to be harsh and focus too much on the structure, style, and other elements of literature.
To be honest I don’t even think the types of poets who think they are teachers in the theory even look at the emotions put behind a poem...

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Are Writing Exercises Effective?

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Are Writing Exercises Effective?

by: Lana Hampton

It was reported that the great American author Sinclair Lewis was once asked to give a lecture on writing to a group of college students: “Looking out at this gathering,” he said to the assembled students, “makes me want to know how many of you really and truly wish to become writers?” Every hand in the room went up. Lewis looked at them for a moment and then folded his notes and put them away. “If that’s true,” he said, “then the best advice I can give you is to go home and start writing.” He then turned and left the room.
If the first secret of writing is to write and if you’ve set up some sort of writing schedule, the next step is to figure out what to write.
Opening a brand new file and looking at a blank screen often results in a kind ...

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How Do You Write Poetry?

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How Do You Write Poetry?

by: Anthony Keith Whitehead

The very short answer is: don’t write at all unless you have to. The short answer is: in numerous different ways. A somewhat longer answer is: find the way that best suits you – that comes only from experience.
But, one might reasonably ask, what different methods are there which can be tried in order to get started? Well…
Don’t Wait For Inspiration But don’t take that as an absolute which suggests that one should not be inspired at all. Of course, we all want inspiration. Yet if we wait to be inspired for the whole poem, most of us will have taken the very short answer given above and we shall write very little and very infrequently.
You probably know the old adage about any form of art being ten percent inspiration and ninety percent p...

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