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The Author-Reader Contract - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)

Boost Your Income by Writing & Selling Greeting Card Ideas - Sandy Forbes

Developing a Pitch Message - Hank Quense

Defining Your Writer Self - Mridu Khullar Relph (Guest Editorial)

Having Fun with Fan Fiction - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)

Is "Intercultural" Communication a Moot Point? - Geoff Hart

Pondering Personal Pronouns - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)

The Power of Rejection - Moira Allen

What Grocery Shopping Can Teach us About Branding Our Blogs - Jennifer Brown Banks

When Evil Empires Collide (Amazon vs. Hatchette) - Moira Allen

Writing Time: A Vital Luxury - Moira Allen

Writing under the Influence: Inspiration, Plagiarism and Homage - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)

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While the "visual" in the title might lead one to assume this site is all about art and design, it's really about "communication." There are loads of good tips on all forms of communication (including, of course, how to create better visuals and design elements). I especially like the various infographics on grammar and punctuation; they get the message across more quickly and easily than most articles I've seen on the same subjects (including my own)!
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Our Handy Planner Is Back for 2014!
Every year seems to go by more quickly! Each year we find ourselves wondering where the time has gone, and why we haven't accomplished nearly as much as what we planned. We can't slow down time -- but one thing we can do is improve our planning skills! To help you do just that, is delighted to offer, for the third year, our free Writer's Year Planner! A Writer's Year is the only 365-day planner that's designed for writers. This is the perfect tool to help you plan your writing schedule, organize your tasks, record your achievements, track your goals and progress, and keep track of important deadlines and due-dates. And best of all, it's FREE! ... Find out more...

The Writer's Guide to Holidays, Observances and Awareness Dates
Every Writer Needs a Holiday! (So Here Are 1800 Of Them!)
Do you ever have those days when you can't think of a thing to write about? Or when your bank account is looking painfully low, but you can't come up with a single pitch? We all get them! That's why I've come up with this handy guide: The ideal book for those times when you need a shot of inspiration, an extra dose of ideas. Sometimes (especially when deadlines are looming), the calendar may seem like your worst enemy, but when it comes to ideas and inspiration, it can also be your best friend! The Writer's Guide to Holidays, Observances and Awareness Dates provides writers with a list of over 1800 "dates" throughout the year and around the world. That's over 1800 ideas to fuel your inspiration and jump-start your articles.... Find out more...

Recent Articles
Has it been awhile since you've dropped by? Here's what we've added to the site in the past six months...

July 2014
Conflict - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Confrontations - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Six Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work For You! - R.H. Ramsey
Take Control of Your Schedule! - Geoff Hart
A Writer's Gotta Have Standards... - Moira Allen

June 2014
Build Your Writing Business Through Testimonials - Jennifer Brown Banks
Create a Website that Works for You - Barbara Florio Graham
The Freedom of the Fourth - Moira Allen
Hanging on Cliffs - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Protecting Yourself, Writer Style - Moira Allen

May 2014
Developing Deftness in Description - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Getting Past the Gatekeepers: Submitting to Literary Journals - Jocelyn Kerr
Is Multitasking Good for Writers? - Moira Allen
The Mythical, Magical Number 7 in Technical Writing - Geoff Hart
Sensible, Sensitive Sentences - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)

April 2014
A Story, B Story, Part One: Why Use Subplots? - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
A Story, B Story, Part Two: Challenges of Working with Multiple Plots - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Blogging for Business - Dawn Copeman
FICO Scores for Clients? How to gauge the probability of getting paid for your work - Jennifer Brown Banks
The Secret of Success - Moira Allen

March 2014
Chatting About Chapters - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Everybody Lies - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
It Looks So Easy... - Moira Allen
Old School Tech for Today's Writers - Dawn Copeman
Old-School Tools For Today's Writers: Save time and earn more using these three near-extinct skills - Tiffany Jansen
Your First Press Trip: A Survival Guide - Lisette Allen

February 2014
Do You Hear Voices? - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Fine-Tuning Your Author's Note - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Four Ways to Use Visitor Centers and Welcome Centers as Sources of Information - Barbara Weddle
How to Use Social Proof to Win Clients and Influence Buyers (when you're not "social media" active) - Jennifer Brown Banks
The New Publishing Paradigm... Or Is It? - Moira Allen
The Rights and Wrongs of Blogging for Pay - Dawn Copeman
Too Busy Writing to Write - Moira Allen

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