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                           CONTENTS
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	From the Editor's Desk
	NEWS from the World of Writing
	THE INQUIRING WRITER: Business Plans
		by Dawn Copeman
	FEATURE:  A Smorgasbord of Markets
		by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz
	THE WRITE SITES -- Online Resources for Writers
	WRITING DESK: A Day Late and a Dollar Short?
		by Moira Allen
	BEGINNER'S GUIDE: The Beginner's Guide to Writing an Article
		by Dawn Copeman
	WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
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	The Author's Bookshelf

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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I Spoke Too Soon...
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Sadly, I spoke too soon in the last issue, in declaring that
"all was well" with my kitty.  Exactly one week after his first
seizure, Brisco had a second, and died.  At least, however, we
were prepared by this time, and knew what the problem most likely
was; he had always suffered from a condition called hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy, or, for those of us who always stumbled over
that, an enlarged heart.  Thus, most likely his seizures were
caused by blod clots, which is generally what happens in this
situation.  But based on the "life expectancy" projections for
cats with this condition, he truly beat the odds by living to a
grand old age of ten.  He will always be missed.

However, since cats and keyboards go together like... well,
oil and water, fire and rain, silk and porcupines... I have a
new companion to assist me in my writing tasks.  Her name is
Tabitha, and she is learning that all kinds of fascinating
things happen on the computer screen.  That funny arrow thing,
it MOVES!  She especially loves the status bar of a project as
it crawls across the screen, as when I'm scanning.  She has
turned on my computer, reset my clock, dialed my phone, and
handled a few other office projects, demonstrating that she
will be an ideal "office assistant."  Her favorite toy is,
naturally, a paper wad -- and what writer doesn't have lots
of those?!


It's a Class! It's a Book! It's a Classy Book!
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In trying to carve out more writing time this year, one of my
decisions was to discontinue my online writing class, "Breaking
into the Magazine and Periodical Market."  But if you were just
waiting for the next class session to be announced, do not
despair!  I have compiled the entire course (eight regular
lectures plus a ninth "bonus" lecture on digital photography)
into a new book!

Titled "How to Write for Magazines," this 132-page book is
available in both print and electronic formats.  It contains the
complete text of all the class lectures, plus the "homework
assignments," and has been thoroughly revised and updated.  It is
designed to walk the beginning freelancer through the process of
developing a marketable article idea AND of finding just the
right market for that article.

Best of all, unlike my class (which cost $100), it's affordable:
The print version costs only $14.95, and the electronic version
can be downloaded for $10.95.  Both versions come "bundled" with
electronic resources "2000 Online Resources for Writers" and the
Writing-World.com market guides (an additional combined value
of $15).

So if your goal is to "break in" in 2006, this is the book you
need!

Purchase the print edition at http://www.lulu.com/content/223245

Purchase the electronic edition at
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Download a free sample chapter at
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                                         -- Moira Allen, Editor

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Nielsen BookScan report: 2005 a better year for book sales
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According to a recent report by Nielsen Bookscan, sales of books
were up 9.3% in 2005, with sales of children's fiction providing
the biggest growth, finishing 19.3% higher than last year.  This
is not surprising as this year's bestseller "Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince" sold more than twice as many copies as last
year's bestseller Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." Sales of adult
fiction were quite weak in 2005, growing by only 5.3%, whereas
nonfiction grew by an impressive 9.2%.  Sales of hardback
editions, audiobooks and trade paperbacks were strong, but sales
of mass-market paperbacks fell by 3 million copies. Despite this,
it was a good year for book sales; frontlist sales (i.e. current
and new releases) grew by 11.7% and backlist sales grew by 7.3%.
This growth meant that you needed to sell more books in 2005 to
achieve a place in the Top 200 than you did in 2004.  In 2004
selling 500,000 copies got you a place at #32, in 2005 that only
got you to #34.  Let's hope 2006 is even better! For more
information: http://tinyurl.com/dpzwr

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publishers.  The Royal Library of Alexandria was once the largest
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of the 3rd century BC, during the reign of Ptolemy II of Egypt.
The initial library was believed to have stored 400,000 to
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Alexandria was destroyed by fire, but has recently been rebuilt
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subgenre that publishers should take more seriously. If you'd
like to help her, she wants readers of mystery novels to complete
her approved survey at: http://survey.mysteryphd.com


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THE INQUIRING WRITER
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                     by Dawn Copeman (DawnCopeman"at"Write-away.biz)

Business Plans
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Hello.  You might have noticed we've changed the name of the
column again: we think this name suits our purpose better. We
hope you like it.

First of all, I want to thank you all for your responses to last
month's column and your questions for future columns. We hope to
use all the questions received.

Now, last time I asked if any of you had written a Writer's
Business Plan.  I wanted to know if you thought they were worth
doing and if they had helped you in any way, and boy, do I feel
like the only one in class who hasn't done the homework! Everyone
seems to have one except me, although many of you didn't realize
it at first.

"When I first read your column my immediate thought was 'I've
never done a business plan...'" wrote M. Deppe. "So I surfed to
the link provided.  After reading Moira's article I realized that
although I'd never thought of my homespun organizational efforts
as a 'business plan,' I actually meet a lot of the criteria."

For some of you, like E. Masters, the business plan is very short
and simple: "For a few years, my goal was to earn more from
writing than I spent on writing (including conferences, books,
etc.). The year I finally reached that goal, I upped the stakes
to include the amount of money I hoped to earn from writing above
expenses."

For others, like D. Schuller, the business plan is a much bigger,
more complicated document. "My plan contains specific weekly and
monthly writing-related goals. In addition to those, my plan
includes two other sections: 'overall' and 'general.' In the
'overall' section, I build in room for extras to keep in mind and
some market specific goals. In the 'general' section, I note down
any miscellaneous areas that I should also be working towards."

But most of you have written something between the two, like
Deppe. "Twice a year I write long-term specific goals, usually
around New Year's and then again during Summer Solstice, because
those are easy dates to remember. But then I write short-term
specific goals on a weekly basis. My weekly goals include both
the long-term and short-term goals I've set myself."

Many of you have said that having a writing plan has helped to
increase your productivity.  "I credit my successes directly to
my business plan" wrote Schuller. "It keeps me organized, on
track, in print, and moving on!"

And Deppe has discovered that if she does her assignments well
ahead of the 'due date' then "something wonderful comes along to
fill its place" -- like an additional assignment or more time for
queries.

So I'm convinced! I'm off to write a business plan and see if it
helps my productivity.  How about you?

But before you dash off -- I need your help with this month's
question from E. Heller. "I'm a freelance magazine feature
article writer. When doing research on the web, I find it takes
me hours to come up with the info I need and I don't even always
find what I was looking for. I'm sure there must be some tricks,
shortcuts and links that are especially helpful for writers."

What are your secrets?  Are there any secrets or is it just a
matter of slogging away? How do you research? Do you rely solely
on the information you find on the web?

Send your responses to: DawnCopeman"at"Write-away.biz (Subject Line
"research")

See you next time!

(Editor's Note: Be sure to see Dawn's new "Beginner's Guide"
column later in this newsletter!)

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Dawn Copeman is a freelance writer based in England.  She is the
editor of http://www.newbie-writer.com, a site for new and
aspiring writers, as well as a contributing editor and columnist
for http://www.timetravel-britain.com. Visit her website at
http://www.write-away.biz

Copyright (c) 2006 by Dawn Copeman

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A Smorgasbord Of Markets
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                                    by  Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Are you hungry for fresh markets?  Are you tired of print
editions of market directories that are stale two months after
you purchase them?  If you have access to the Internet, then you
will be delighted to know that there is a smorgasbord of market
resources you can access online for free or relatively low cost.

Many writing sites offer free newsletters that include a short
market listing each week. At the web sites, you may find more
extensive market listings. These listings vary from site to site.
Some websites will list the date the market is posted, so you
will have an idea of how fresh the market is.  Unfortunately,
some of the free market listings are maintained by volunteers who
are writers themselves and do not have the time to delete links
that no longer work.  With writing opportunities on the web
changing so quickly, oftentimes even those sites that are
maintained regularly will have dead links.  As with any market
guide, it is always best to check the publishers' guidelines,
look at several issues of the magazine in which you are
interested, and request updated information if you have any
concerns about the status of the publication.

Many of the best market directories found on line are geared
toward writers of speculative fiction such as science fiction,
fantasy, and horror.  Possibly the most comprehensive of these is
Ralan's Webstravaganza, maintained by Ralan Conley at
http://www.ralan.com.  This web site has market listings for
anthologies, adult markets, book markets, semiprofessional and
professional markets, paying and nonpaying markets and contests.
In addition to the focus on speculative fiction, you will also
find humor markets.  This site appears to be updated regularly.
You will also find a listing of dead markets, writing tips, and
links to other writing sites.

Mary Soon Lee maintains an active speculative fiction market list
at her web site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mslee/mag.html.  She has
a list of dead markets as well as links to markets separated into
those paying 3 a word, those paying at least 1 a word, and
markets paying less than 1 a word.  She also offers advice to
writers trying to break into the speculative fiction market.

If you are interested in romance markets, Passionate Pen
(http://www.passionatepen.com) offers market listings for both
major publishers and small press (though no magazine markets).
Information about agents, romance writing tips, and links to
other writings sites are also available.

Travel writers should check out http://www.travelwriters.com.
There is free registration at the site, and they offer market
news, listings, a weekly newsletter, and ongoing discussion
groups with other travel writers.

If you are interested in international markets, check out World
Wide Freelance at http://www.worldwidefreelance.com. Here you
will find a free market directory of 500 world wide markets.  If
you wish additional markets, for a small fee of approximately
$1.04 per month, you can access their larger data base of 1,500
international markets.  The site also offers a free newsletter
and articles of interest to writers.

Food writers will be interested in http://www.food-writing.com.
While this site does not offer a market listing, there is a free
newsletter that does provide a number of new markets as well as
helpful articles.

Children's writers will find useful information at
http://write4kids.com.  This site, affiliated with Children's
Book Insider, offers a free newsletter that lists a couple of
markets and tips with each issue.  Also available at the site is
the Children's Book Insider, at a price of $29.95 per year or
$26.95 in electronic format, which brings the reader two pages of
market news and information with each issue.

For all types of markets, both fiction and nonfiction, Writing
for Dollars (http://www.writingfordollars.com) offers a free
newsletter as well as an online searchable database of
approximately 1,270 markets.  Dates are listed as to when the
market was posted, and while some are old, many are recent,
viable markets.

Writers Write (http://www.writerswrite.com) lists 655 paying
markets alphabetically.  They also have a searchable database
broken down by category as well as paying and nonpaying.  Many
other links are available at the site including articles, message
boards, job postings, and two free newsletters.

Another useful site, http://www.absolutemarkets.com, has several
options including two free newsletters: Absolute Markets and
Absolute Write. If you sign up for Absolute Markets, you get a
free e-book listing 100 markets; if you sign up for the Absolute
Write Newsletter, you will receive an e-book listing 180 agents
who are open to new writers.  In addition, the website offers an
excellent "premium" newsletter consisting of 21 pages of new
markets, which is delivered biweekly.  The cost for this
newsletter is $15 a year.  A sample issue is posted at the site.

Writers Weekly also offers a free newsletter with market
information at http://www.writersweekly.com.  They have a section
devoted to 452 markets that welcome new writers. These are sorted
alphabetically.  This site also offers classes, articles,
warnings, and resources for writers.

Sell Writing on Line (http://www.sellwritingonline.com) has 200
markets in their data base, not listed in any particular order,
but grouped 50 to a page with direct links to the guidelines or
home page of each publication listed.

If you're willing to pay a fee to access market lists, chances
are the information you will get will be maintained on a more
regular basis.  Of these, you may want to try one or more of the
following web sites.  First Writer (http://www.firstwriter.com)
offers contests, and magazine publishers.  For $3.99 a month, you
can access all areas of the site, including the market database,
which is searchable by categories such as crime, fantasy,
historical, romance, or travel.  You can also search by fiction,
nonfiction, poetry and drama as well as the United States or the
United Kingdom.  They list 600 agents, 400 book publishers and
550 magazine markets.

Writers Market (http://www.writersmarket.com) offers more markets
with easy to use searches for both magazines and book publishers.
You can search either by title or category.  A subscription will
also bring you advice articles and the latest information on
what's happening in the industry.  There is an annual fee of
$29.99 or a monthly plan of $3.99.  Writersdigest.com is
affiliated with Writers Market.  If you wish to take a free look,
http//www.writersdigest.com/markets/spotlight2.asp lists the top
markets of  the previous day with contact information and the
needs of each market noted.

For $2.47 a month or $19.97 a year, you can sign up for the Power
of the Pen (http://www.powerpenmarketsearch.com) market listing.
This site offers 17 searchable categories.  There are
approximately 193 parenting, 195 fiction, 43 travel, 48 women's,
32 children's and 263 personal essay guidelines available.  If
you sign up at the website, they offer a free copy of the e-book
"Money Markets 2005, 101 Markets That Pay in 6 Weeks or Less." A
two-day free trial option is available.

For writers who are interested in grant funding as well as other
creative funding sources, http://www.fundsforwriters.com offers
several options including two free newsletters that include 15 to
18 markets each week.  However, for $12 per year, you can receive
2,000 markets (90 markets biweekly) in the Total Funds For
Writers newsletter. Opportunities include grants, competitions,
freelance markets, jobs, and publishers.

Perhaps the most extensive market data base is available at
Wooden Horse Publishing (http://www.woodenhorsepub.com).  Wooden
Horse has 2,000 U.S. and Canadian markets and includes
guidelines, contact information, editorial calendars, and reader
demographics.  Most other databases only include publishers names
and contact information with links to guidelines.  There are
several options at Wooden Horse depending upon your specific
needs.  For a one-year's subscription of $149, your cost per day
is $0.42; or you may only want access for 24 hours in which case
the cost is $1.99.  Other choices are seven days for $9.95
($1.42/day), 30 days for $29.95 ($1.00/day), or six months for
$89.00 ($0.49/day).  Discounts are sometimes offered during
December and January.

If you're like me, you have some markets that are your
standards. You always know they'll accept at least a few pieces
from you each year.  However, finding a new market where you can
develop a relationship with the editor is both rewarding and
exciting.  Look to the Internet for newsletters, web sites, and
data bases where the variety of new markets is as refreshing as
the spread at your favorite all you can eat buffet.

Additional web sites with useful marketing information:

Cats and Jackets Writing Resources -
http://angelfire.com/ga3/catsandjackets/writingresources.html

Noble Fusion - http://www.noblefusion.com

Paula Fleming's Market List
http://home.att.net/~P.Fleming/Sfmarket.html

Authorlink Writer's Resources -
http://www.authorlink.com/aguide.html

The Critters' Library - http://www.critters.org/resources.html

Bella Online Writing - http://writing.bellaonline.com/Site.asp

Writing-World.com Market Guides (yes, they're still available
for $10 for all 14 guides with about 1700 market listings) -
http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz writes for both children and adults.
Since 1993, she has published over 80 articles, 50 stories, an
illustrated chapbook, and two e-books: "Ghost for Rent,"
available through Hardshell Word Factory
(http://www.hardshell.com); and "Dragon Sight," available through
Sams Dot Publishing (http://www.genremall.com/fiction.htm).

Copyright (c) 2006 by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

For more articles on searching for new markets visit:
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/index.shtml#markets


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My Writers Circle.com
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New website by UK Freelancer Nick Daws. A very active forum and a
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Writing Bliss.com
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A site offering free and fee-based writing courses via email.
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Earth Calendar.net
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Want to know whether today is a special day in Spain? This site
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What Editors Really Think About Writing Contests
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Aimed primarily at romance writers, this article provides a
wealth of advice on how to submit contest material -- and whether
it does any good.
    http://tinyurl.com/anqck

The Starlite Cafe/Publishers Pen
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The Starlite Cafe is a great site for poets and poetry in
general; this page offers information on magazines seeking
poetry, short stories and art submissions (not all paying).
    http://www.thestarlitecafe.com/publisherspen/magazines.html

Executive Planet
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Need to research another country? Check out this site's "business
culture guides."
    http://www.executiveplanet.com/


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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                   by Moira Allen
A Day Late and a Dollar Short?
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Q: I was very interested in the comments you made in a previous
editorial about editors today, and how some of them are younger
and not writers.  This does not bode well for new writers, or for
writers published solely on internet sites. In fact, it's very
discouraging. Many of us don't know what to do now. Most of us
are not knowledgeable, nor do we have the money to hire agents. I
decided not to submit any more free stories to internet websites,
but what do I do now?  Is our Writer's Market any good now?  Do
we still submit stories to markets in the book and wait forever
for an acknowledgment and/or rejection?  I really don't know what
to do now. The spark for writing has been in me forever, and I've
written for years, but not seriously until two years ago. Now it
seems that I am again a day late and a dollar short, as the old
saying goes.


A: I'm sorry to hear that my comments were so discouraging!  They
weren't meant to be.  The truth is that things ARE getting
tougher for writers, so far as any of us "oldtimers" can tell --
but that doesn't mean that they are impossible.

Basically, the writing business always manages to filter out the
majority of would-be writers.  It always has, and it always will.
I think it is possible that one reason things are a bit "tougher"
today is that, thanks to the ease of submitting material by
e-mail, editors are more swamped with inappropriate submissions
from incompetent writers than ever before.  And so, perhaps,
the walls are getting a bit higher and harder to climb, so that
only those who are absolutely determined to succeed will actually
get across the barriers.

So no, you are not a day late and a dollar short.  If you are
passionate about writing, and determined to stay in there, you'll
get there.  It won't be easy, but it has never been easy.  But
some things actually have changed for the better.

For example, you say that "most of us are not knowledgeable." But
today, a determined writer has more opportunities to BECOME
knowledgeable than ever before.  In the "old days," if you wanted
to learn about the business of writing, you had to subscribe to
one of the two or three writing pubs that were out there (and are
still out there), or buy books on writing.  But today, there are
dozens of websites that offer the equivalent of YEARS of magazine
subscriptions and DOZENS of books, all for free. Writing-World.com,
for example, has more than 600 articles on various aspects of the
writing business, including our "getting started" section that
walks a beginning writer through all the steps needed to break
in. And this is just one of many sites -- meaning no money out of
our pocket just to learn the basics!

Second, the Internet gives us access to more SUPPORT than we ever
had before.  There are hundreds of discussion groups and
newsgroups for writers, plus excellent critique groups, and all
of these provide wonderful encouragement for writers.  We're not
isolated anymore; we can find people around the globe to share
our successes, failures and concerns with.  This is probably one
of the most amazing changes that the Internet has brought to
writers.

If you're writing short stories, you don't need an agent, and in
any case, one doesn't "hire" an agent.  Generally agents only
work with book-length manuscripts, whether fiction or
nonfiction, and if an agent asks you for money up front, run
like heck.  Reputable agents work on commission; they don't make
money until they make YOU money.

Yes, your Writer's Market is still good.  Response times seem to
be getting longer, but the markets are still there.  I think,
today, we are going to have to start getting accustomed to "no
response = rejection" -- though perhaps, in time, we can retrain
editors to be a bit more considerate.  Maybe.  But don't let the
problems prevent you from following your dream.

Consider this -- are there writers out there that you admire?
Writers whose work you love, and read wherever you find it?
Writers you'd like to be like?  If so, keep in mind that none of
them had it easy either, and some of them went for years without
being published. The key ingredient is determination -- it has
NEVER been easy, and it never will be.  But if you are
passionate, you will find that the obstacles aren't as important
as your desire to be heard.

Read more questions and answers on the web!
Q: Is it a Filler or a Short Feature?
Q: Should I Write Novels or Short Stories?
Q: How Do I Pitch an Interview?
Q: How Do I Set Up an Autoresponder?

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for more
than 20 years, and has written several books on writing,
including "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer" and "The
Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals."  Her most
recent book is "How to Write for Magazines," now available in
print from  http://www.lulu.com/content/223245 or as an e-book at
http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml.  Download a sample
chapter at http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/magsample.pdf

Copyright (c) 2006 by Moira Allen

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NEW COLUMN!

The Beginner's Guide to... Starting to Write an Article
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                                                  by Dawn Copeman

[EDITOR'S NOTE: We're delighted to introduce Dawn Copeman's new
column, "The Beginner's Guide to..."  This column will run in its
entirety on the web, with a teaser in each newsletter.]

There's no nice way to put this, but writing an article is hard
work.

Many beginners have contacted me to say that they are full of
ideas and inspiration to write an article - but when they sit
down to write, their mind goes blank.  Others have told me that
they want to write articles but can't get started.  Some writers
have told me they can write fiction for hours, but struggle for
days to produce a single page of non-fiction.

So, why do we find it so difficult to write an article?

Basically, as beginners it all boils down to one thing; we don't
think we can do it.

We've read all the articles on how to query magazines and how to
write articles, but we still lack confidence, we still don't
believe that we can do it.  Those articles were written by
experienced writers, the kind of writers who, as they say in
their newsletters or articles, can knock out an article or two in
a morning.  We, on the other hand, take all day to write one
article and even then it isn't finished.  We look at our attempts
to write articles and think that we must be either....

To find out more, read the rest of the article here:
http://www.writing-world.com/dawn/dawn01.shtml

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For more advice on how to get started in writing and defeat
writers block visit:
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/index.shtml

If fear of failure is holding you back and stopping you from
writing, then read Moira's excellent article at:
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/why.shtml

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SOUTHERN REVIVAL: DEEP MAGIC FOR HURRICANE RELIEF seeks mss for a
publication to benefit Southern library restoration. Free verse,
flash fiction, creative nonfiction, prose poems. Deadline 3/1/06.
http://www.magical-realism.com - click on "Southern Revival."

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WHAT'S NEW AT WRITING-WORLD.COM
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FEBRUARY COLUMNS:
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New Column!
The Beginner's Guide to... by Dawn Copeman

This Month:
The Beginner's Guide to... Starting to Write an Article
http://www.writing-world.com/dawn/dawn01.shtml

The Writing Desk, by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/desk/desk02.shtml


ARTICLES:
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Cast the Vision for Your Book, by W. Terry Whalin
http://www.writing-world.com/publish/whalin.shtml

Finding UK Experts and Spokespeople, by Rachel Newcombe
http://www.writing-world.com/international/UKexperts.shtml

Setting: The Key to Science Fiction, by Bruce Boston
http://www.writing-world.com/sf/setting.shtml

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RECOMMENDED WRITING CLASSES: Freelancing for Newspapers, by
Sue Fagalde Lick.  8 weeks, $100; enroll at any time!
    http://www.writing-world.com/classes/newspapers.shtml
	(This class is recommended by Writing-World.com)
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RECOMMENDED WRITING CLASSES: Fundamentals of Fiction, by Marg
Gilks. 8 weeks, $150; enroll at any time!
    http://www.writing-world.com/classes/fiction.shtml
	(This class is recommended by Writing-World.com)
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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.
      http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

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Genesis Promotions/Linden Bay Romance Writing Contest (Romance)

DEADLINE: March 31, 2006
GENRE: Romance Fiction
OPEN TO:  All
LENGTH:  Short Story to 25,000 words, novella 25,000-50,000 words.
PRIZE:  Writing Contract
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, submission by email only.
URL  http://www.genesispromotions.com/WritingContest.html
EMail writingcontest"at"genesispromotions.com

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10x Media National Writing Contest

DEADLINE: March 3, 2006
GENRE:  Nonfiction; you simply write three 300-500 word articles
on real estate/finance topics given by the company. Must be 16 or
over to enter.
LENGTH: 300 - 500 words
THEME:  real estate/finance
PRIZE: Over $7,000 in cash prizes including a $2,500 grand prize
URL: : http://www.10xmedia.com/2006writingcontest/
EMAIL: jennilyn"at"10xmedia.com

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Joyous Publishing Writing Competition

DEADLINE: March 31, 2006
GENRE:  Non-Fiction and fiction short stories, essays, nature,
historical events, biography. Joyous Publishing reserves the
right to reject any entry.
OPEN TO: all
LENGTH: maximum 10,000 words
THEME:  All genres and themes, no pornography or violence.
PRIZES: 1st Prize: $50; 2nd Prize: $30;
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes,
URL: http://www.joyouspub.com/wst_page6.html

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Virtual Assistant: The Series -
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