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                            CONTENTS
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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: Tapping Your Innate Creativity,
           	by Barbara Florio Graham
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: What do I send when an editor asks for
            clips? Plus how to create a publications list
            by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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THANK YOU!
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The outpouring of support for Writing-World.com has been
overwhelming!  I've only heard from a few folks who have had
trouble downloading the free e-book, "The Writer's Guide to
Rights, Contracts, Copyright and Permissions", so I assume that
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available ONLY to supporters of Writing-World.com; here's what
our columnist Peggy Tibbetts had to say about it:

"Hokey smoke! I just downloaded Moira's ebook, "The Writer's
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I can't believe what a great deal this is. The ToC is set up as a
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The "Breaking into Magazines Class" is BACK!
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The "Breaking into the Magazine and Periodical Market" course is
back by popular demand.  This 8-week course gives you the tools
to find out what sells and how (and where) to sell it.  If you've
been trying to market your work to magazines or other periodicals
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Session 1: Understanding the Marketplace
Session 2: Developing Your Article Ideas
Session 3: Identifying Markets; Slants & Angles; Outlining
Session 4: Query Letters
Session 5: Gathering Information: Research & Interviews
Session 6: Starting Your First Draft
Session 7: Preparing for Submission
Session 8: Rights, Contracts, & Negotiations

Class begins April 17, so sign up soon; this class fills up fast!
Registration is $80; for details, visit
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600 Surveys and Counting!
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I now have more than 600 survey responses, and more arrive each
day. I hope to have the results sometime next month. (If you
haven't received a copy of the survey and would like to complete
it, send an e-mail to Moira Allen, or go to
http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/survey and paste the text
into an e-mail.)


It's Our Birthday -- Again
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While February 14 was the anniversary of the launch of the
Writing-World.com, this issue marks the anniversary of the
Writing World newsletter, which debuted on March 6, 2001 with
2500 subscribers.  It now has 8650 subscribers, which is an
average of almost 250 new subscribers per issue!

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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3-D-E-Books?
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills is working on
the first "3-D e-book."  Currently, converting library
collections to digital format results in two-dimensional images
that leave out key elements, like paper texture and graphical
information.  "The 3-D digital library will enhance these
components of rare books and historic documents, giving readers
the sense that they are actually handling the books," said Paul
Jones, director of ibiblio.org (http://www.ibiblio.org) and
supervisor of the new project. He believes the 3-D library will
be the first of its kind on the Web. The 3-D library will consist
of an interactive system for viewing rare books and historically
significant material in single or collection form, as well as a
set of procedures and software tools for scanning, converting and
distributing the material online.

Online Erma Bombeck Museum Launched
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To celebrate what would have been Erma Bombeck's 75th
anniversary, on February 21 the University of Dayton (Ohio)
created the Erma Bombeck Online Museum.  The multi-media exhibit
chronicles Erma's entire life and includes rare photos, writings
and audio/video files. ErmaMuseum.org contains 45 photographs,
including Erma at age 9 in a tap-dancing outfit, at a meeting of
President Carter's Advisory Council for Women, shopping with
Phyllis Diller on Rodeo Drive and talking with Pope John Paul II.
More than 20 audio and video clips reside in the museum, including
one of Matt Bombeck telling the story of how he tried to get his
mother to use a computer.  For three decades, Bombeck celebrated
the extraordinary in the ordinary and chronicled life's absurdities
in a syndicated column carried by 700 newspapers prior to her death
of kidney disease in 1996. She credited the University of Dayton
(from which she graduated with a degree in English in 1949) for
making her believe she could write. Visit the museum at http://www.ErmaMuseum.org

Del Rey Partners with Microsoft/Xbox
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Ballantine's Del Rey imprint has acquired exclusive worldwide
rights to publish paperback, hardcover, audio and electronic
books based on Xbox game titles developed by Microsoft Game
Studios.  Last fall, Del Rey published its first Xbox title,
"Halo: The Fall of Reach," by Eric Nylund.  The book was a
prequel to the game itself, launched in November 2001.  Three new
novels are tentatively planned for release beginning in Fall
2002.

PayPal Changes International Policies
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If you're a non-U.S. PayPal customer, things just got cheaper.
PayPal will no longer be assessing a transaction fee on
international customers.  Instead, the person RECEIVING the
funds from an international transaction will be assessed a
"cross-border" fee.

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NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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MARCH COLUMNS:

Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
   Waiting for a Publisher's Response; Finding a Bilingual
   Publisher; Battling Discouragement
     http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/cat14.html

Romancing the Keyboard, by Anne Marble
   Ten Essentials for Writing Love Scenes
     http://www.writing-world.com/marble/marble02.html

Self-Publishing Success, by Brian Jud
   Use Your Best VOICES on the Air
     http://www.writing-world.com/jud/jud05.html

NEW ARTICLES:

Eight Steps to Professional Travel Photos, by Bob Difley
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Interview with Diana Gabaldon, by Sue Perry
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Keeping Your Story on Track with Style Sheets, by Marg Gilks
     http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/track.html

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PLUS, new contests have just been added at
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New listings added regularly to the "Writers Wanted" section:
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Barbara Florio Graham's popular online course, Tapping Your
Innate Creativity, will be given this summer in a new, flexible
format to accommodate participants who may be on vacation for one
or two weeks. The 10-week course will begin July 1; a detailed
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TAPPING YOUR INNATE CREATIVITY
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                        by Barbara Florio Graham (simon[at]storm.ca)


Often the difference between a great piece of writing and one
that is merely good is that spark of creativity, that startling
insight, that causes the reader to say WOW! Whether you write
fiction, nonfiction or poetry, you need to know how to tap into
your own innate creativity, quickly and easily.

There is a myth that "creative" people are different from the
rest of us. This has been perpetuated by comments such as this
one, from Anne Kent Rush, who said, "Creativity is really the
structuring of magic."

That sounds exciting, but actually there's no magic to it. An
understanding of how the brain works will provide the means for
anyone to access their creative potential.

The brain has 100 billion specialized cells. These neurons are
connected to each other by tiny synapses that have the ability to
grow, die, or change. The brain recalls a memory through visual
images, organizing and locating the particular image and then
associating or linking it with a name, word or idea.

Early experiments on the brain showed that the left side of the
brain controls the right side of the body (the right hemisphere
of the brain controls the left side of the body). These
researchers also discovered that each side of the brain
specialized in certain things.

The LEFT brain is responsible for most of our verbal ability as
well as order, sequence, logic, and memory for words. Because 80%
of the population is left-brain dominant (fewer than 20% of all
people, throughout history, have been right-brain dominant) our
educational system is based on developing left-brain skills:
reading, writing and arithmetic. We are urged, from childhood, to
use our right hands to perform most routine tasks, including
writing, and western civilizations read from left to right
because our writing is based on letters which form words (rather
than symbols which form sounds or concepts, as in many Eastern
languages).

The RIGHT brain houses visual images, emotions, music, physical
manipulation and our perception of space and the world around us,
our connection to nature, and higher mathematical concepts (such
as geometry). Notice the difference between arithmetic, a left-
brain activity which is simply different ways of counting, and
higher math, which involves visualizing complex mathematical
structures. There is a close connection between ability in math
and musical talent.

Schools reinforce left-brain dominance by the arrangement of
desks in rows, the placement in universities of the writing
surface extension of the chair on the right side, and the
reliance on a specific order of classes and subject matter,
reinforced by outlines, time-tables, alphabetical listings, and
charts.

Any right-brain tendencies among children are thereby
discouraged, and the minority who are right-brain dominant often
have a difficult time learning in this heavily left-brain
environment. No wonder so many exceptionally creative people,
including Einstein, Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and
Bill Gates had trouble in school!

Since writers are usually very verbal, it's no surprise that most
of us are left-brain dominant. The left side of our brains gives
us order, control, and precision, the CRAFT part of our writing.
But we also need the right side, which provides freedom, risk,
and chaos, the ARTISTIC additions. A well-crafted article might
be boring, a purely artistic creation can be confusing. Craft +
Art is what we're all looking for.

Dull, boring writing comes from starting on the wrong side of the
brain. Instead of putting the piece we plan to write in order,
taking control of the material in an attempt to be as precise as
possible, we should start on the other side of the brain.

This doesn't mean giving full rein to creative chaos, sacrificing
solid research, organization, sentence structure and grammar.
Instead, we need to utilize both sides of the brain, but start
with the right side when we're searching for a creative approach.

One easy way to do this is to allow ourselves to "play" as we did
when we were children, before the school system insisted that
everything be structured and orderly. Instead of staring a blank
piece of paper (or computer screen), start with crayons or finger
paints, different colors of clay or fabric, "found" objects you
can manipulate and rearrange. Let your mind wander as your right
brain keeps its focus on color, shape, and texture.

Add other sensory input, from music and odors. Trying to get
started on a mystery novel? Experiment with a variety of acrid
scents. What ideas do pepper, salt, dill, vinegar, chlorine-based
cleaning products, stain removers, medications bring to mind?

Feeling anxious about an article that's close to deadline, where
you just can't seem to find an engaging lead? Find music that
gets your toes tapping, create a collage of colored papers and
fabrics, repot a house plant and feel the soil under your
fingers. The image you need to peg your lead will likely spring
into your mind.

Water is extremely conducive to right-brain activity. You don't
have to swim to experience this natural rush of endorphins. Take
a shower, or put a small fountain in your office. The sound and
feel of water stimulates the right brain, while calming your
fears.

You may have noticed that many doctors and dentists have
aquariums in their waiting rooms, and high-tech firms often have
a fountain in a courtyard or foyer. An award-winning advertising
firm in Ottawa has a Zen garden in their offices. Recreate this
effect yourself by taking a shallow, rimmed tray (or old baking
dish) and filling it with sand (or bird gravel). Now you have a
miniature sandbox in which you can trace patterns with a fork or
invent a tiny landscape.

In my online creativity course, each assignment explores not only
a different sense but also all of the visual and performing arts.
If you're stymied by something you've written that just doesn't
seem to "flow," try moving around the room, in a pseudo dance, as
you read it aloud. All the "bumps" will be obvious, and their
solutions will arrive without much effort.

You can also use creative techniques to organize material. Take a
large sheet of plain paper and a marker, and write, at random, at
all angles and anywhere on the paper, every thought, word or
phrase related to this subject. When you've exhausted all
possibilities (or have filled every inch of the paper), pick up
some colored markers and group the words by circling in the same
color any that seem to belong together.

You'll find yourself with four or five groupings, and then it's
easy to decide how to order these into an outline.

So tap into your own innate creativity and add sparkle to your
writing.

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This article was adapted from Barbara Florio Graham's online
course, Tapping Your Innate Creativity, which is described on her
website, http://www.SimonTeakettle.com. Barbara is the author of
three books and has won awards for nonfiction, fiction, poetry
and humor. Her latest book is Musings/Mewsings (co-authored with
her cat, Simon Teakettle).

Copyright (c) 2002 Barbara Florio Graham

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THE WRITING DESK
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

What Do I Send When Editors Ask for Clips?
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Q: I've contacted a couple of  magazines and they've asked for
"clips." I understand I can copy the actual stories from the
magazine my articles were published in, but how much of the
article should I send? Some are 3 or 4 pages long. Also, how do I
handle sending "clips" via e-mail?


A: Yes, you can copy your articles from magazines to use as
clips. In fact, I highly recommend keeping a "clip" file with one
or two copies of EVERY article you publish (whether online or in
print). Keep one "master" copy for easy duplicating (so that you
don't have to break out the original magazine each time) and one
for quick mailing. (To go a step further -- have a "to be copied"
folder so that when you DO mail out a clip, you can pop the
original into the folder and remember to take it to the copy
center for another copy.) This is assuming, of course, you don't
have a copier at home -- which I ALSO highly recommend, as
they're pretty cheap now and make life much easier!

As to how much to send -- send the whole thing. If the editor is
going to read the article, s/he will want to read the entire
article, not just part of it. However, I'd recommend that on
your longer articles, you make double-sided copies, which will
save you postage.

Clips via e-mail is the question every Internet-savvy writer asks
-- and for which there seems to be no good answer. No editor
wants clips as attachments, so scanning them and sending them as,
say, PDF files is out. Most of us handle this by putting clips on
a website, or providing links to our online publications from a
site.

For example, I used to have a "hidden" page on my site that was
only used as an index of my online articles. I gave that URL out
to editors only. It provided links to any article of mine that
could be found online -- i.e., if I'd sold it to a magazine that
posted it on their website, or sold it to an online publication.
This made it possible for me to offer "clips" from a variety of
sources and on a variety of topics. I also had materials that I
posted directly on my site, since I owned the rights to do so. (I
prefer posting an HTML version, rather than a scanned image.)

Here's an option that MIGHT be interesting to try: Scan some of
your clips and save them as PDF files, and load them onto your
website so that they could be downloaded by editors. Again,
create a "hidden" page that is used just to index your available
clips. Direct editors to this page, and let them know that they
can download clips there for easy reading. (Include a link to
Adobe's site so that they can obtain the reader if they don't
have one.) I don't THINK this would violate any copyright laws,
as you're not making these materials "publicly available" --
you're just providing the same information you would if you sent
physical copies.

How Do I Create a Publications List?
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Q: How does one prepare an "I've been published in" resume?

A: What you're really talking about is not a resume, but a
publications list. And it is as simple as that: A list of your
publication credits. The easiest way to do this is to list your
publications chronologically, with the most recent first:

"My Latest Article," Dog Fancy Magazine, February 2002

"My Other Article," Cats Magazine, November 2001

"Another Great Article," Newport News Gazette, July 2001

... and so on

Italicize the names of magazines and books, as you would in a
bibliography.

If you have material published in different types of publications
-- e.g., newspaper articles, magazine articles, books, etc. --
I'd divide those into categories. List your published books
first, then chapters in other books, then magazine features, then
newspapers, etc. If you have ongoing columns, you could list
those in a separate category. List fiction separately from
nonfiction. You can also include a category for awards (e.g.,
contests you've won).

Initially, you'll probably be sending the same list to everyone.
Over time, though, you'll want to create a short version of your
complete list. Your official "publications" list should generally
be no longer than one page. One way to do this is to limit the
"official" list (the one you mail out) to a page that includes
just your most recent credits. However, if you have credits in
different areas -- e.g., gardening publications, women's
publications, travel publications), you may eventually want to
create several "subject-specific" lists that you would use when
querying that type of publication.

A publication list is something that you would include with a
query letter. It is not the same as a resume that you would use
to apply for a writing job -- however, you would use it to
ACCOMPANY such a resume. For more information on how to create an
actual resume that reflects your writing experience, see
"Creating a Writer's Resume," at
http://www.writing-world.com/business/resume.html

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years,
and is the author of THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO QUERIES, PITCHES AND
PROPOSALS (Allworth Press, 2001) and WRITING.COM: CREATIVE
INTERNET STRATEGIES TO ADVANCE YOUR WRITING CAREER (Allworth
Press, 1999).  For more information, visit
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml

If you have a question for "The Writing Desk," please e-mail it
to Moira Allen.

Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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Aspiring & established writers welcome. No entry or reading fees.
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LENGTH: 300-1,500 words
PAYMENT: $20
RIGHTS: Nonexclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: Submission through website preferred; surface mail
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