Three tips: What is it like to be the Pope?

Once a week I am offering three quick tips that you can take and 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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Today I’m not going to name a specific title. Instead, I want you think about what you want to write and where you’d like to be published. If it’s a particular newspaper, magazine, literary journal or website, read it. Read every issue you can find, cover to cover, and take notes on what they have inside. You will not sell your work to any publication until you can prove that you understand what they publish and send them exactly what they want. Likewise, if you want to publish a particular kind of book, read as many books in that genre as you can so that you know exactly where and how your own manuscript fits. Don’t have time to read? Make the time. Real writers read.

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I recently came upon Jeff Goins’ blog, which is full of inspiration and information for writers, as well as some enjoyable personal stories. One of the resources there is this great list of tips. Check it out at http://goinswriter.com/writing-tips/

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Looking at the TV images of our new pope, Francis I, standing silently in that window at the Vatican yesterday, I wondered what might be going through his mind. With a puff of white smoke, his whole life has changed. He has given up his previous job, his home, friends, family, possessions, and even his native language to take this job with enormous responsibilities at an age when most men are retired. Open a blank page and write about what a person like Benedict might be thinking and feeling at the moment he takes his new position and faces millions of people cheering and shouting his name. It doesn’t have to be the pope. It could be a king or a president or a rock star. You could write a poem, a fictional scene, a monologue, an essay, an opinion piece or whatever feels right to you.

Now Go Write

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Three Quick Tips: Renegade Writers, rockin’ queries, byline dreams

Once a week I am offering three quick tips that you can take and 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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Everyone who writes and/or teaches about freelance writing offers the same basic information, how to find ideas, write queries, do research, write, revise, yada, yada, yada, but the Renegade Writers tell you the stuff the rest don’t tell you. Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell, who have turned one Renegade Writer book into a collection of books and blogs, offer advice, free e-books, e-courses and other goodies at http://www.therenegadewriter.com.

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You guessed it: The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success, now available in print and as an e-book, will tell you all the good, bad and ugly about freelance writing. And don’t stop at this one book. They have others, including The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster and A Renegade Writer Kick in the Ass: 30 Riffs from the Renegade Writer Blog to Help you Bust Your Excuses, Light a Fire Under Your Butt, and Become a More Motivated & Productive Freelance Writer.

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Be a renegade writer yourself. Close your eyes and picture your byline on the one thing that will make you feel like a successful writer. It could be a book, an article, a short story, poem, script, or song. Now open your eyes and write for at least 30 minutes about what you need to do to make it happen. The word “can’t” is not allowed.

Now Go Write