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Habits of Famous Writers

November 10th, 2019

Here are some habits of literary geniuses:

Truman Capote had to write lying down on his bed or couch with a pencil in one hand and a drink in the other. The drinks each day ran the gamut from coffee to mint tea to sherry and finally martinis.

John Grisham as a beginning writer would be at his desk at 5:30 a.m., his first cup of coffee in hand.

William Faulkner had to have whiskey around wh ...

Thoughts on Coming Up With a Title

November 3rd, 2019
What if you’re stumped and can’t think of a title, even a mediocre one? Give brainstorming a try. Find a quiet spot and grab a piece of paper and your favorite writing instrument, one that allows you to write fast. Close your eyes and think about your book for a couple minutes. Run through it chronologically in your mind. When you get to the end, open your eyes and jot down the first 20 title ...

Living With the Stress of Being Creative

October 27th, 2019


People in most professions are told to write to relieve their stress. They take journal writing classes, jot down their thoughts and feelings, and keep stress diaries. A 2008 U.S. study proved that cancer patients who write down their deepest fears may improve their quality of life. But for writers, the act of putting pen to paper can be a stress itself, not ...

How to Excel as a Writer

October 20th, 2019

Publishing professional, Edie Melson, shared her fabulous tips for how to excel as a writer in a blog post on The Write Conversation:

“1. Embrace my creativity. One of the things that happens with my mind is that it’s always coming up with new ideas. Instead of shutting out these ideas, I keep a list. Now, I never lack for a blog post topic or article idea.

2. Work in small bites of time. I ...

Editors on Writer’s CVs

October 12th, 2019

Magazine editors share their thoughts on writer's CVs:

Jim Adair, editor of REM - The Real Estate Magazine - “I’ll take a look at a CV because I’m interested in the writer’s background and qualifications to write the story, but the query is what’s important. Most of the pitches I receive do not include a detailed CV.” Adair shares what he is most interested in seeing when he receives a CV, “I ...

What Can You Do With Your Writer’s CV?

October 6th, 2019

CVs are useful for much more than just pitching article ideas to editors. They can be included in anything writing related such as:

- approaching literary agents

- pitching publishers

- applying for an award

- applying for a workshop position

- requesting a grant

- funding applications

- calls for applications

- bids for writing jobs

- ghost writing appeals

As you go about your writ ...

What NOT to Include in a Writer’s CV

September 29th, 2019

What doesn’t a CV include? Don’t touch on the following facts or you’ll probably do more harm than good with your CV:

- what you charge or any other aspect of payment issues

- hobbies or interests you have unless they directly relate to your writing

- total number submissions you’ve made to literary agents or editors

- the number of unwritten works that are lingering in your head

- the n ...

Sections in a Writer’s CV

September 21st, 2019

Before we get started on the CV, let me stress the importance of presentation. Now is not the time to use a wacky font; not only will it annoy the reader but it firmly plants you in the amateur category. Use only black ink on white paper; skip the floral paper and pink ink even if you specialize in horticultural writing. Use bullets, indents, and other word processing options to make the docu ...

The Importance of a Kick Ass Writer’s CV

September 14th, 2019

What’s the deal with writer’s CVs? And do you need one?
The answer is that a standout writer's CV is crucial and yes, you need one. This is such an important aspect of your writing journey that I'll take four or five blog entries to cover all aspects of a writing CV.

A CV, short for curriculum vitae, is basically a resume for your writing life.  The document includes all aspects of what you h ...

My Top 10 Travel Writing Tips

September 8th, 2019



Before the economy took a hit a few years ago, I did a fair bit of travel writing, visiting countries across the globe. I picked up a few tidbits that helped me become a better travel writer:

- Look for the uncovered. Everyone has done stories about the Coliseum in Rome but how about writing about the goat farmers who supply their goats milk to the shops in Rome that serve cappuccinos ...

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