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Reminder – The Library of Congress Seeks a Teacher-in-Residence

Last month the most visited post on this blog was the announcement that the Library of Congress is seeking a teacher-in-residence for the 2018-19 school year. Applications for the program are due by next Monday, April 9th. The 2018-19 Teach...

7 Query Letter Strategies That Don’t Work (But Many Writers Try)

One of my first real jobs was working for a bank, taking phone calls. I’ll never forget it. Some of the kindest people you know can be downright vicious when they call their bank. Trust me. I’ve been called names that can’t be repeate...

Notion – A Project Management and Reference Wiki

Notion is an interesting service that combines elements of project management with elements of a wiki service. At its core Notion is designed for teams to work on projects together. You can create sections for each of your projects. Within ...

Home Base: Follow These 4 Basic Steps to Begin Building Your Author Blog

Image by @neonbrand on Unsplash Encourage a writer to start an author blog and you’re likely to provoke a wince. Many resist blogging because they believe it will steal time away from precious minutes otherwise spent on their work-in-pro...

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What style are you?

What style writer are you?“Style” has many meanings, even within this forum, so…For fiction, it’s character-driven, and I figure out a plot as I go along, with little to no planning. I come from a journalism backgrou...

The Identity List: How to Catalog Your Written Work to Get More Freelance Writing Projects

By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Stay organized with this process for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects. by Kimberly A. Edward...

10 Ways to Overcome Lonely Writer Syndrome

[embedded content]  One of the downsides to becoming a fulltime author or writer is that, by its very nature, writing can be a very lonely business. Typically, it’s just you and a computer, shut off from the rest of the world, all alone ...

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United States: Unpaid Utility Bills

Iain Aschendale said: ↑ Story research, honest. What happens in the US when you don’t pay your utility bills on time? Things like gas, electric, water, cell phone, and ISP? How many times and how frequently are you warned before you...

A Spark to a Story: Listen to Your Instincts to Find Story Ideas

By Sara Ackerman  Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers is a wartime tale set on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1944.  It centers around three women and a young girl whose lives are forever changed by the war and the American soldiers on their d...

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How appropriate is it to omit quote within quote?

How appropriate is it to omit quote within quote? If somebody quoted Aristotle, and I had never heard of that Aristotle quote, then it’s not like I am going to say, “My friend said that Aristotle said, ‘XYZ.'”&...

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