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.

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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

 

 

 

 

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Three Tips: Writer’s Workout, weekly feast, try this

Once a week I offer three quick tips that you can use right away. For those of us who would rather be writing than reading blogs, this is a place you can grab something useful and get back to work. If you have suggestions, please share them in the comments section.

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Not sure what to do next in your quest to be a successful writer? Try a page from The Writer’s Workout by Christina Katz from right here in Oregon. Katz, writer, teacher and platform powerhouse, has put together 366 tips, tasks and techniques to get you going. Writing, networking, marketing, climbing out the swamp when you can’t write–it’s all here.

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I just clicked on WritersWeekly.com and almost didn’t come back because there were so many great things. Markets, how-tos, comparisons of the different print-on-demand publishers, trivia, and more! Subscriptions are free.

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Finish this sentence: “After he ___________________”

Now Go Write