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                           CONTENTS
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	From the Editor's Desk
	NEWS from the World of Writing
	THE INQUIRING WRITER:  Writing Courses
		by Dawn Copeman
	FEATURE: Tips From The Procrastination Princess
		by Mridu Khullar
	The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
	WRITING DESK: What's Wrong with Adverbs and Adjectives?
		by Moira Allen
	BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... Learning The Craft
		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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Rested, Refreshed, and Glad to be Home...
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Vacations are a wonderful thing.  I think.  They take weeks to
plan, are over in a flash, and then take weeks to recover from as
one tries to catch up on all the things that didn't get done
while one was gone.  And they aren't always what one expects; I
was purring over the romantic appointments of our bed and
breakfast, until we sat down on one of the beds and realized that
it was only a marginal improvement over the floor in terms of
softness.  And then there was the breakfast -- I'm still not sure
whether our host was serving bacon (clearly microwaved the
previous day, if not even longer ago) or "Beggin Strips."

However, we enjoyed the object of our travel, which was to see
Longwood Gardens and the Winterthur Museum in Pennsylvania and
Delaware, respectively.  I took something like 300 pictures,
which is a new record (even in England I only took an average of
100 per day).  I still haven't seen most of them; once this
newsletter is out the virtual door, I'm heading back to
Photoshop!

I had one goal before I left, however, and that was to finish up
Writing-World.com's newest e-book -- and what a book it is!
Writing-World.com is proud to announce:

THE GUIDE TO PAYING MARKETS FOR FICTION AND POETRY
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In this guide, I have compiled what I confidently believe to be
THE most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of PAYING
markets for fiction and poetry available anywhere.  It covers
more than 675 periodicals, including magazines, e-zines, and
international publications.  It has more than twice as many
paying periodical markets as the Writers Digest "Novel and Short
Story Writer's Market" (which is chock full of non-paying
markets), and hundreds more than the "Poet's Market" (which has
the same problem).

Plus, did I mention "up-to-date"?  I don't know about everyone
else, but I've gotten pretty frustrated with online market guides
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* 596 markets for short stories
* 416 markets for poetry
* 153 international markets
* 216 literary markets
* 112 science fiction and fantasy markets
* 68 children's markets
* 46 horror markets
* 43 Christian markets
* 30 mainstream/general interest and multi-genre markets

...plus markets for romance, flash fiction, humor, mysteries,
westerns, and adult/erotica, and more than 100 nonfiction
magazines that use fiction and poetry.

It's available as an e-book for $12.95 from our NEW online
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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Copyright Registration Charges increase
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The U.S. Copyright Office has increased basic registration fees
to $45 per application effective July 1. Fees that have changed
include registrations, document recordation, supplementary
registration, search services, certificates, and additional
certificates. The new fees can be found at
http://www.copyright.gov/reports/fees2006.html

Changes in sponsorship for European Literary Prizes
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Whitbread used to be the name associated with literary prizes,
but from now on it's Costa Coffee. The Coffee chain, which has
400 shops in Britain, launched the new prize on 31 May. There are
still five categories: first novel, novel, biography, children's
book and poetry.  Each category winner will get 5000 with the
overall winner getting an extra 25,000. For further details
visit: http://www.costabookawards.com/

Meanwhile, in Italy the organizers of the Strega awards, Italy's
most prestigious literary prize, have launched the European
Strega Prize. From 2007 all 25 member states of the EU will
select novels from their country to compete for the prize.  The
first European Strega will be awarded in 2008.  All novels
submitted will be showcased on an English language website. For
further information visit:
http://www.denaro.it/go/a/_articolo.qws?recID=241299

E-Books for free at the World eBook Fair!
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On June 1 Project Gutenberg announced they would be putting
300,000 eBooks online as part of the World eBook Fair.  For the
duration of the Fair (July 4 to August 4) you will be able to
download these eBooks for free.  The eBooks on offer include
fiction, nonfiction and reference books.  95% of the books are in
the Public Domain, while the copyright holders of the remaining
5% have given their permission for the books to be made
available. Project Gutenberg estimates that around 100,000 of the
books will be available permanently; they also intend to repeat
the book fair annually, offering increasing numbers of eBooks
each year. (Note: Shortly after the launch of the World eBook
Fair, Project Gutenberg officials said they had over 1.5 million
downloads of free electronic texts. With added server capacity,
they expect to serve up about a million downloads a day.) For
more information visit: http://worldebookfair.com/

Enid Blyton's Books get a PC Update
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Hodder and Stoughton, the publishers of Enid Blyton's children's
books, have come under criticism from the British press after
'updating' the text of her books. The boys will now do a fair
share of all domestic chores, 'I say' has been replaced with
'hey', the money has been decimalised and 'biscuits' have become
'cookies' to appeal to the American market.  Characters' names
have also been modernized: Fanny and Dick are now Frannie and
Rick, and Mary and Jill have become Zoe and Pippa.  Hodder say
that the updating is minor and will ensure the books can be
enjoyed by future generations.  During the 1980's many of
Blyton's books were banned from schools and libraries due to
their perceived sexism and racism. For more information visit:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2242179,00.html

Canada's Libraries get digitized.
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Alouette Canada has begun a project to digitize the content of
all Canada's libraries, museums and archives.  When completed in
January 2007, the project will allow users to view entire
documents digitally and for free.  The documents being digitized
belong to the libraries and museums and are either
out-of-copyright or archived materials.  More information:
http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/News.asp?id=39917

Cheaper Books in Canada
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Books in Canada have been costing up to 36% more than in the US,
due to the way the book prices have been fixed to an outdated
exchange rate. However, following pressure from unhappy consumers
and bookstore owners, most publishers are now reducing their
prices.  Random House Canada will begin offering discounts to
retailers on books that have been published for more than one
year. Retailers should thus be able to cut their prices by 20%.
John Wiley and Sons Canada will reduce the prices of all their
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THE INQUIRING WRITER
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                     by Dawn Copeman (DawnCopeman"at"Write-away.biz)

Last month I asked if you had taken any writing courses and if
they'd had any effect on your career. Many of you have taken
writing courses and it seems that opinion is divided as to how
useful they have been.  Some of you, like Niki Taylor, Melita
Rahmailia and Ed Easley, wrote to say that they had been pleased
by the courses they took, and found them helpful.

Mary Terzian has taken a "distance-learning course, attended
evening classes in adult schools, taken a course in Santa Monica
college, signed up with Writers Digest Correspondence School for
non-fiction writing, earned a scholarship with Pen USA West for
two courses at UCLA, and attended the Santa Monica Emeritus
Saturday classes and even tackled a course online.

"Did my efforts affect my writing? Definitely. My first
correspondence course taught me how to look at a magazine, a
short story, a report, even a letter. Even though I did not
pursue writing vigorously, those basic principles must have
floated in my mind forever in search of a niche. Adult classes
introduced me to creative exercises in writing, the Writers
Digest School formalized my thoughts, and the Emeritus College
revived events long lost to memory."

Noel Gama from India has also taken many courses: "I enrolled at
Writers Bureau, UK for their Creative Writing Course in May 2004.
Read thru the entire course but submitted only one assignment so
far. Enrolled at Travelwriting.com, repeated the same stunt.
Bought Nick Daws 28 days as well as Writing for Cash -- repeated
the stunt! Bought Dan Poynter's Non Fiction & Self Publishing
Manual and am well into 3 books in just one month! And will next
enroll with AWAI for their Romance Writing course! But the above
mentioned courses ARE good. The reason I am not serious about
completing my assignments is that I got what I wanted from the
courses. Did not Bill Gates drop out of MIT?"

Sue Fagalde Lick has also taken a variety of courses, but found
that some were more beneficial than others.  "I've been taking
writing classes all my life.  My BA is in journalism and I have
lost count of the workshops and conferences I have attended."
Sue also gained an MFA in Creative Writing from a low-residency
program because she wanted to move from journalism into creative
writing, but does not feel this was worth the effort. "I found
that I knew more about being a professional writer than nearly
all of the other students and many of the professors. I certainly
know a lot more about literature and I have made progress within
that creative writing bubble, but I'm not sure I learned anything
I could use to make a living, and now I have a huge student loan
to pay off."

Paula Carroll is another writer who has been "taking writing
courses forever" and who also has mixed opinions regarding their
usefulness.  She has taken several Writing Digest courses and
worked with a coach for two years, which "while helpful re
confidence at the start, wasn't helpful in the end because there
was no reading of hard copy, just telephone reading, which is not
adequate."  However, this has not put her off taking courses and
is currently looking for a published coach in literary fiction.
"I find for me, that the external aid of a teacher/coach helps me
work.  The work, reading, rewriting, revision, thinking, pain,
struggle, must be from me. No teacher or class is going to 'make
you into a writer', but I think they can be used as an adjunct
for your own process/needs."

Gerry Walker also has mixed feelings regarding the usefulness of
his course.  "I took a writing course from Writers Digest. [The
instructor] was okay, but I was writing a mystery and would like
to have been critiqued by a mystery writer.  He gave me good
advice as far as it went, taught me to outline and encouraged me.
I'm sure I would have continued writing with or without the
course, but am grateful for the outlining ideas and help which I
use now."  Gerry continues to say he also had a couple of food
articles published in regional magazines and thinks "it's a
better way to make some money rather than waiting for a big
publisher to 'discover' my books!  These publication
opportunities came from attending a local writer's conference, as
the article in [our previous] issue mentioned."

But do you need to take a course at all?  I also wanted to know
if any of you were self-taught writers. "I am a self-taught
writer," wrote Jennifer Moore.  "I have been able to get writing
and editing jobs without any certificates or degrees. That said,
I do want to take some courses, polish up my fiction-writing, and
go back to school for a degree in journalism; however, I feel
writing is a gift that one need not sit on until they have 'that
piece of paper.' The jobs are out there."

Vicki Kennedy from Texas is another self-taught writer. "In my
late teens I signed up for one of those writing courses by snail
mail.  I was too undisciplined to complete it, but I did pay for
it, which taught me a lesson -- don't sign up for something that
you're not going to finish. Taking classes may be of great help
to some writers, but I don't believe that it's necessary.  I do
think that it takes a certain degree of talent, but it also takes
a great deal of commitment and hard work.  No course in the world
can make you sit down and actually put words on paper or on a
computer screen.   A person who's interested in writing should do
whatever they feel is right for them.  If they need to take a
course or join a group they should do it.  I don't think there's
one formula that fits all."

So, it would seem you can succeed as a self-taught writer. Does
that mean writing is something you're born with, or can it be
taught? John Craggs, Writer and part-time Adult Tutor, offers
this insight: "After several years teaching 'Creative Writing'
classes for the WEA I have come to a very definite answer on this
one.  Yes & No!

"You cannot teach writing to someone who isn't motivated enough,
or to someone who is determined to prove they can't learn.
Nearly every writing class has at least one of the latter, the
individual who is determined to be a failure at everything they
do.  They often display a misleading enthusiasm and a truly
admirable dogged persistence, but there is something in their
psyche which fears success and programmes them for failure.  Even
when they write something superb they are convinced that some
non-specific 'they' won't be interested in publishing their work.
In truth I think all writers have a touch of this person in
their make-up, but it is usually over-ridden by our more positive
thoughts.

"Those with a lot of specialised knowledge but only limited
writing skills are an interesting case.  If they truly want to
communicate and share that knowledge they will gladly put in the
time and learn what they need.  Nothing more though, just the few
essential 'tools' they feel necessary.  Quite a few skilled
'technical' writers fit into this group.  To write a really
effective 'How to...' book or article the in-depth knowledge is
more important than a fluid writing style.  If you can teach them
how to ask themselves the 'readers' questions' then the rest will
follow.

"At the other extreme we have the truly gifted who come to classes
to learn how to polish and sell.  They already know they are good
-- although they may be painfully shy about admitting it -- and
only come to life when in silent communion with pen or keyboard.
Some of these, once taught a few marketing and editing skills,
are away on the fast track to success.  Others are doomed to
remain ivory tower dreamers, writing superb stuff which will
never be shown to anyone else. Because for them writing is such
an intensely private business they cannot bear to expose it to
others who may not share their unfettered enthusiasm.

"In between the extremes come the vast majority of students who
have some natural talent but no great 'gift'.  It has to be said
that these are some of the easiest to teach, because a few tricks
of the trade and a reminder of the basics of English can go a
long way. Because they don't see their work as a great literary
masterpiece, in which every letter is sacred and every cunning
turn of phrase absolutely essential, they are far more willing to
trim and adapt to suit a particular market or genre.  These are
the ones who quietly absorb advice and start turning in very good
stuff by about the fourth lesson.

"I think the biggest benefits of any writing course, whatever the
level, is the discovery that you can 'write to order', that
motivation and inspiration can to some extent be 'turned on'
rather than waited for, and that despite writers being an
enormously varied bunch we still have an awful lot in common and
can learn from each other."

Speaking of learning from each other that's what this column aims
to do, to help us all learn from each other's experiences.  And
now that summer is finally here, what I want to learn from you is
how you cope with the changing seasons.  Are you a seasonal
writer? Do you or your muse hibernate in winter and only come out
to work when spring arrives?  Or do you go off on holiday as soon
as the weather turns nice?  Does your writing pattern change
throughout the year? Do you suffer from Seasonal Writing
Syndrome?  If you do, how do you combat this? Or don't you?

Email your responses to me DawnCopeman"at"Write-Away.biz with the
subject line Seasonal Writing.

Right now, I'm off to the beach -- with my laptop of course!

Till next time,
Dawn

For advice on how to get the most out of online writing courses
visit: http://www.writing-world.com/basics/classes.shtml

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

Copyright (c) 2006 by Dawn Copeman

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TIPS FROM THE PROCRASTINATION PRINCESS
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                                                 by Mridu Khullar

You may not believe what I am about to say when I tell you that
I've published a book. Or after you find out that I've written
over two hundred articles, am working on a dozen or so others and
often get repeat assignments from editors I've worked with. But
the truth is -- I'm a procrastinator.

Deadlines give me a certain kind of thrill, much like the kind
you get after you've lived on chocolate for a week. And I'm not
half as bothered about these deadlines until it's the day before
the assignment is due and I have yet to find interview sources.
That's when I freak out, glue my butt to the chair and somehow
manage to pull off a minor miracle and get the work done.

But I know, just as you know by now, that it's only a matter of
time before I'm going to miss an important deadline and hurt my
chances of landing something big. So I've turning my work habits
around and making the transformation from Procrastination
Princess to Deadline Diva. Try these tips; you just might find
yourself achieving more, too.

Create a Productive Environment
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Sure, it's easy for me to say. I don't have three kids running
around in front of me, while the cartoon music blares in the
background and every hope of my sanity ever returning grows
dimmer and dimmer. But like it or not, that's exactly the kind of
atmosphere that causes procrastination. If it's the disorganized
mess that's keeping you from work, take a day off and clean it
up. If your kids take up most of your time, hire a sitter for two
hours a week and use that time to tackle difficult projects. If
you're bored by your environment and need a change of pace, head
off to the local coffee shop or library.

Set Your Own Deadlines
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For every task that you're supposed to finish in a given week,
fix specific deadlines. If you're supposed to write a press
release for your book, give yourself a due date and then when
that deadline arrives, make sure your work is done. Similarly,
slide deadlines to a few days in advance of the ACTUAL deadline.
If an editor has asked you to send something in by the 10th, mark
it on your calendar as due by the 7th. That way, when you finally
freak out on the 5th and realize that you've goofed up again,
you'll still have sufficient time to do the job well. (This will
NOT work for book-length projects!)

Break it Up
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Whenever you get an assignment, break it up into mini-tasks. Give
each of those mini-tasks a deadline. This technique comes in very
handy when you're working on longer projects like books, but can
also be used for articles and essays. For instance, when I get a
go-ahead on an article idea, I'll assign specific dates by which
I should have completed my research, interviewed experts and
written the first draft. That not only gives me enough time to
get the project done but also makes for less hectic schedules.

Give Yourself Permission to be Imperfect
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Ever found yourself in "the mode" when your brainwaves are
working faster than your fingers can type and your muse is
producing work that you never thought yourself capable of? It's
fantastic when that happens. It feels like magic and great words
come with seemingly less effort. The problem is, many writers
keep waiting for the muse to strike and end up not forcing
themselves to write in the process. End result: procrastination.

As a professional writer, you need to understand that writing
isn't always so easy. Perfect prose doesn't just come in one
sitting -- it needs to be worked upon day after day. Good writers
aren't people who wrote perfect first drafts; they're people who
polished their writing again and again. So don't get defeated by
a bad first draft. Instead, make it your aim to produce as much
as possible. You can always edit it later.

Taking up Too Much or Too Little
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It's easy to get uninspired when you have little work coming in
and no money in the bank. The opposite however, is more
frequently the case. Since writing doesn't exactly pay great
money, especially in the beginning, most writers take on more
than they can handle. And procrastination will often set in when
you have so much to do that you don't even know where to start!
The solution to this is simple though. Make a list of things you
need to do in order of priority and start working on that list
one by one. When you get bored or need a break from this priority
work, pick up something enjoyable to do and work on that for a
few minutes. Once you're back to being inspired, it's back to the
priority list.

Go on a Writing Date
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You know how there's always something that has to be done at a
certain time each week (like watching American Idol)? If you miss
it, well, there's no going back. Set a similar date for writing.
Each week on Thursday from 5-6 p.m., you have to write.
Everything else needs to wait. Start off slow with once a week,
and then increase the intensity to at least once a day. That way,
whether you like it or not, you'll be forced to work on the
projects that need attention.

Face Your Fears
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The number one factor that makes writers, stall on pending
projects is fear. But identifying that fear and facing it can do
wonders for your productivity and your professional life. What's
holding you back? Are you afraid of failing? Of succeeding? Of
being judged? Of writing a book and then having to do book
signings? Of having an editor say that your manuscript is
laughable? Most of the times, these fears are rooted in
insecurity. So find out what's paralyzing you and then do it.
There's nothing better than facing the fear to get rid of it.

Get a Goal Buddy
-----------------
Nothing makes me work harder than the fact that I have a goal
buddy to report to each week. Knowing that I don't want to look
like a doofus in front of her gets me working extra hard
(especially on that last day before I'm supposed to send in my
weekly report). Sure, I can keep making excuses to myself, but
she's a little harder to convince.

Focus on the Positives
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The reason you are procrastinating may be that the particular
assignment you're working on is something you're not interested
in, but were forced to take up due to monetary reasons. Now
you're supposed to do it, and you don't want to. So what do you
do? Bite the bullet, honey. Such is the freelancing life.
Sometimes, you need to take up projects that don't satisfy the
soul, but put money in the bank. Until you can afford to turn
down projects that you don't like, just do it. Look at it this
way -- the sooner you're finished with the assignments that put
food on the table, the sooner you're free to pursue the writing
that you love.

Make a Freelance Journal
------------------------
This is by far the most effective technique that I've used in my
entire freelancing career. It takes care of the three most
important things that may be holding you back -- goal-setting,
accountability and measuring productivity. Every day, while I'm
working, I'll keep my journal open and note down whatever I'm
doing that day. Sure, I vent and express frustration when I've
received a rejection or feel low, but I also record what I'm
working on, which editor wrote back to me, things I was supposed
to do that day and didn't do, etc. At the end of each day or each
week, I look back at the journal to see how much I've achieved
each day. Trust me -- it can be an eye-opener!

Do this for at least fifteen days to be able to figure out where
all your time is going, which projects are being put on the
back-burner and where your focus is. You'll easily be able to see
what projects you're avoiding and why!


Use these tips and soon you'll find yourself on a
procrastination- free writing road, too. Good Luck!

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Mridu Khullar is a prolific international freelance writer who
has written for almost 60 publications in the past three years
and who has 200 articles in print or on the web.  She is also the
author of "Knock Their Socks Off! A Freelance Writer's Guide to
Query Letters That Sell" and runs a free 12-part e-course on
writing query letters which you can access at her website:
http://www.mridukhullar.com/

Copyright (c) 2006 by Mridu Khullar

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THE WRITE SITES
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Poetry Landmarks of Britain
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Locate poetry events and poetry-related sites throughout the UK.
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Find Writing-Related Blogs
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Tips and techniques for poets of all abilities.
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Useful information on copyright, how to copyright your work, how
long it lasts, fair use and what to do if your copyright has been
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authors and listings of Literary events in the UK.
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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                  by Moira Allen
What's Wrong with Adverbs and Adjectives?
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Q: Why am I reading about discrimination against adjectives and
adverbs? To me, they are necessary parts of descriptive writing.
How can one describe, say, a dirty car, without them? How can one
describe anything? I would surely like to see some descriptive
writing without adjectives or adverbs.

A: There is nothing wrong with adjectives and adverbs, used
effectively (and, admittedly, sparingly).  Note that this
sentence had three adverbs -- I could have omitted "admittedly",
but was striving for an effect.

The "discrimination" is against the overuse of adjectives and
adverbs, which often happens when a less experienced writer
substitutes "descriptive" terms for stronger verbs and nouns.
For example, "the eagle flew very high" is a poor substitute for
"the eagle soared."  Note that the first phrase has both an
adjective and an adverb, yet is less descriptive than the phrase
using a stronger verb.

Once I picked up a book from a remainder shelf that had sentences
like: "The gray horse trotted swiftly along the winding path
beside the rippling brook toward the green meadow."  Too much of
this sort of thing and -- well, one can see why the book was on
the remainder shelf.  I didn't buy it.

As for describing a dirty car, ask yourself, what makes the car
dirty? Just saying "John drove a dirty car" actually isn't much
of a description.  However, you could write that "John's car had
not been washed for so long that the inscriptions people had
etched in the dust of his rear windows had begun to overlap."
Or, "June could remember the day, three years ago, when John's
car had become mired in the lane outside her farm. Gobs of dried
mud from that day still clung to the wheel-wells, while the
interior stank of other, less pleasant reminders of the car's
history."

Note that "gobs of mud clung" is stronger than "the wheel-wells
were muddy", while "stank" is better than "smelled bad."  So when
using adjectives and adverbs, the key is not to avoid them
utterly.  The key is to use them only when they truly have
something to add. "Dried mud" is essential, since if I simply
wrote "mud," you would not know if it were fresh or old.

A good exercise is to go over something you've written with
colored markers, and mark adverbs in one color and adjectives in
another.  If you start to see a great deal of one color or
another, chances are that you may be using too many "descriptive"
words -- and this is something an editor, and a reader, is going
to spot.  Check to see if you might be able to find a better verb
or noun, or a more "descriptive phrase," to convey your meaning.
But don't worry about ridding your prose entirely adverbs and
adjectives; it can't, and shouldn't, happen.

READ MORE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE WEB:
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	How Do I Choose an Agent?
	I'm Majoring in Writing - What Should I Choose for a Minor?
	Why Don't Editors Respond?

http://www.writing-world.com/desk/desk07.shtml

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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 Writing-World.com's Guide to Paying Markets for
Fiction and Poetry, available in print and electronic formats
(see http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml.)  For
information on reprinting Moira's articles on writing, visit
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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... Learning The Craft
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                                                  by Dawn Copeman

Writing, just like any other career, involves serving an
apprenticeship: a period in which you are expected to hone your
writing skills and learn the craft.  But just how should you go
about it?

The best way, as with any other apprenticeship, is to learn
from those who are already practicing the craft -- i.e. other
writers.  There are a variety of ways in which you can learn from
your fellow writers:

* Books
* Free Online Courses
* Writing Newsletters
* Writing Groups/Circles/Forums
* Paid Courses (distance learning, evening classes, day classes,
summer schools, campus based MFA's, distance learning MFA's.)

But how do you choose which one is right for you?

To read the rest of this column, go to:
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The Beginner's Guide to... Learning The Craft, by Dawn Copeman
http://www.writing-world.com/dawn/dawn06.shtml


COFFEE ON THE DECK (by Moira Allen)
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Koziol vs. Booksurge -- Cause for Cheering... or Head-scratching?
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How Do You Define "Success"?
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WRITING CONTESTS
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otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers.
For more contests, check our contests database.
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MOSAICGLOBE CREATIVITY COMPETITION
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DEADLINE: July 31, 2006
GENRE: Poetry and Short Stories
OPEN TO: Mosaic Globe Members (membership is free)
PRIZE: $300
URL: http://www.mosaicglobe.com/page/731
EMAIL: info"at"mosaicglobe.com

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE ESSAY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: August 1, 2006
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH: 3,000 words or less
THEME: The Changing Role of Naval Intelligence in the Global War
PRIZE: 1st Prize: $1,000; 2nd Prize: $500
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes
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AAAS SCIENCE JOURNALISM AWARDS
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DEADLINE: August 1, 2006
GENRE: Science journalism
OPEN TO: Articles published between 7/1/05 and 6/30/06
THEME: Prizes awarded to reporters for excellence in science
writing in each of the following 6 categories: large newspaper,
small newspaper, magazine, radio, television, and online. Online
entry form must accompany all submissions.
PRIZE: $3,000 in each of 6 categories
ADDRESS: AAAS, Office of Public Programs, 1200 New York Avenue,
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EMAIL: media"at"aaas.org
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RAUXA PRIZE FOR EROTIC WRITING
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DEADLINE: August 15, 2006
GENRE: Poetry and literary short stories.
OPEN TO: Published works only.
PRIZE: $300 for poetry, $1000 for fiction.
URL: http://www.rauxafoundation.org/rauxaprize/
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POCKETS FICTION WRITING CONTEST
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DEADLINE: August 15, 2006
GENRE: Fiction
LENGTH: 1,000-1,600 words
THEME: No themes; no historical or Biblical fiction.
PRIZES: $1000, and publication in Pockets magazine
ADDRESS: Pockets, Attn: Lynn W. Gilliam, 1908 Grand Avenue, PO
Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37203-0004
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OUR BIG TRAVEL STORY CONTEST
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