• On Writing

    Why writing reader-worth, money-worth pieces

    Every time I approach the writing of a novel, a short story or even just an article, I ask myself: WHY would a person buy my work? And HOW MUCH will a person be keen on paying for a piece of my work? These questions are relevant to the writing activity itself, unlike many tend to think. At least, they are relevant when you write for business, be it an essay or a creative piece. There are many things a person would like to see in a creative piece: a Valentine’s story, a special gift that made a significant other happy, a Mother’s Day celebration turning into an action drama……

  • On Writing,  Short Stories

    Thanks, Writer’s Market!

    I bought the Writer’s Market 2009 book on eBay a few weeks ago. I only recently got it in the mail. Do I need to mention how big a help this book is revealing to be? Aside from magazines that accept freelance writers, I found at least a hundred publishers for short stories, Sci-Fi novels and novellas that accept online submissions. Manna from Heaven! I don’t care the book is a 2009 edition. I understand the need for update, as new publishers are born every year, but I can get the updates from the Web version (which I’m going to subscribe to on January/February 2012): all I could afford NOW…

  • Guest Writers,  On Writing

    Writing Tips – How To Harness Personal Experiences

    Guest post by Infideas. I’ll bet when Proust was dipping his pastries in his tea that morning the last thing he expected was his whole life to flash before his eyes. Yet this goes to show just how many memories there are in each of us, a vast tidal wave of experience that could break at any time and flood back into our present consciousness. These memories – these stories – are what give us the power to write realistically and evocatively. The key is learning how to harness them. YESTERDAY… All your troubles seemed so far away. And not just your troubles either. Memory is like that: how are…

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