Three Tips: Freelance Writing Guide, opportunities for writers, an exercise

In this space, I offer three tips that writers can apply immediately to their writing. This week’s offerings:

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The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing. If writing and selling nonfiction articles and books is your thing, you’ll find lots of information in this anthology put together by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. The book includes chapters on setting up a writing office, finding an agent, writing successful queries, self-publishing, and so much more. ASJA, which I belong to, is a great organization; its members are all professionals with substantial publishing credits, so they know what they’re talking about.

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If you’re looking for writing contests, publications seeking submissions or teaching jobs for writers, visit and perhaps subscribe to the Creative Writers Opportunities List at Yahoo groups. This will keep you busy with new listings every weekday.

Try This

Start with these two words: If only . . .

Now write for 15 minutes, using these two words as the beginning of a poem, story, essay or whatever you’re led to write.

Now Go Write