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                           CONTENTS
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From the Editor's Desk
NEWS from the World of Writing
THE INQUIRING WRITER:  Writing IS a Job
    by Dawn Copeman
FEATURE: Writing the Personal Essay
    by Mridu Khullar.
The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
WRITING DESK: A Writer's Dilemma, by Moira Allen
BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... Article Structure, Part 3 - Unity & Flow
    by Dawn Copeman
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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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One of Those Months...
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Despite my editorial in the previous issue, if someone were to
ask me "How's that writing thing going?" I'd have to say,
"Writing? What's that?"

It's been one of those months, or a couple of those months. It
started when my husband was informed by his publisher that he
was expected to provide an index for his forthcoming book -- in
a week!  We both knew that wasn't going to happen, and since
I've indexed books before, I volunteered to tackle the job --
right after I finished off a book proposal of my own.

That meant explaining to my sister that my promised update of
her website was going to have to wait, but I'd get on it just
as soon as I finished the index.  Which I did, and my sister
now has a gorgeous new website from which to promote her
stained glass studio!  I'm quite proud of it -- drop on by and
check it out at http://www.sunnybrookstudio.com (and help us
out by bumping up the hit counter a bit!)

Meanwhile, my husband had begun negotiating with a dealer to
sell the collection of plastic knights and soldiers that he
and his brother had amassed in their youth.  The dealer was
interested, but wanted photos to confirm Pat's claims regarding
their condition.  So down to the garage we trouped to set up
my "photo studio in a box" (a marvellous little product with
a pair of miniature spotlights) and photograph soldiers.  The
photography itself didn't take all that long, but photoshopping
(yes, it's now a verb) some 250 photos takes a bit longer! But
the results are delightful; the knights are SOO cute.  See a
sample at http://www.writing-world.com/soldiers/index.shtml

All of which meant that getting the next issue of TimeTravel-
Britain.com online was seriously delayed; the "September" issue
became the "October" issue.  But it, too, is delightful, with
lots of nice spooky ghost articles just in time for Halloween;
check it out at http://www.timetravel-britain.com

And then, of course, it was newsletter time again!  And I'm
blinking at the calendar thinking, "What happened to September?
Was it in there somewhere or did I just miss it?"

Before you know it, it's going to be time for Christmas cards
and holiday newsletters and package-wrapping (fortunately I
get my shopping done EARLY!), and baking cookies and other
holiday goodies.  Our holiday is bound to be interesting this
year, as our new kitty has never seen a Christmas tree!

So I've decided that I'd better snatch a quick, stay-at-home
vacation while I can!  Next week, I'm going to shut down the
keyboard (well, I'll check e-mail, but that's all, honest!),
stay upstairs (out of my "office"), and do only what I want
to do.  I haven't figured out just what that is, yet, but I
do know that it has absolutely nothing to do with HTML.

Who knows?  I might even try that writing thing again!

                                         -- Moira Allen, Editor

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Sony Launch Ebook Reader
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The E-Ink, a portable Ebook reader has been launched by Sony.
Said by reviewers to mimic the look of real paper, it costs $350
and will soon be available in Borders bookstores and online. The
E-Ink currently only works with the Windows XP platform, but can
also handle pdfs and text files and a small number of RSS feeds.
Sony has also developed a dedicated Ebook store with over 10,000
titles for E-Ink. Random House has supplied over 3,000 titles;
Penguin says they have provided about 2,000 titles to start; and
HarperCollins' Brian Murray said they had contributed about 700
titles so far but expect to have 3,000 available by the end of
the year. It is expected that Ebooks will cost around 25% less
than standard paper books.  For more information visit:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/09/27/business/sony.php

Google Library Program Expands
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Spain's second-largest library, the University of Complutense in
Madrid, has become the first library from a non-English speaking
country to enlist in Google's book scanning project. The
University of Madrid's collection of over 3 million volumes
includes many public domain works in Spanish, as well as works by
authors such as Miguel de Cervantes and Garcilaso de la Vega. For
more information visit: http://tiny.bz/0uk/

And Google Now Lets You Look at Historical Newspapers
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The Google News Archive has been launched to allow users to read
historical newspaper articles from the 18th Century onwards.
Users accessing the archive simply type in the event they want to
research and they can then read accounts written at the time. The
Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Guardian are among the
many newspapers who have opened up their archive to Google. For
more information visit:
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story2004.shtml

But Google is in Trouble in Belgium
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On September 5 a court in Belgium ordered Google News to stop
publishing snippets from French language newspapers online. It
gave the company until September 28 to erase all caches, snippets
and links from Belgian newspapers, or the company would face a
fine of a million Euros a day. The action was brought by
Copiepresse, the society responsible for copyright protection in
Belgium. Google has appealed and a court date has been set for
November 24. For more information visit:
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story3017.shtml and
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=408&res=1024&print=0

Sri Lankan Song Writers Ask For Royalties
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On a similar topic, songwriters in Sri Lanka have formed
collectives to try and protect the copyright of individual
members and provide for the payment of royalties.  Sri Lanka
passed a law protecting Intellectual Property in 2003, but as
yet, no provisions have been made for the payment of royalties to
song writers whose works are broadcast in Sri Lanka.
http://tiny.bz/0ua/

Emmy for WashingtonPost.com
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On September 25th, Washingtonpost.com became the first
recipients of a new Emmy for "outstanding individual achievement
in content for non-traditional delivery platform." They were
awarded their Emmy for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina. For
more information visit:
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story3019.shtml

And NYT.com Is Now On Your Cellphone
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If you have a web-enabled cellphone or PDA, you can now read
the New York Times on your phone. They have developed a new
mobile site where users can access most of the content of the
newspaper for free.
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story2006.shtml

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

Last month I wanted to know what you said to people who don't
think that writing is a job and whether you thought I should blow
my own trumpet about my work.  Boy, did we get a lot of replies!
In fact, there were so many replies that we didn't have room to
print them all in the newsletter.  Further replies to this topic
can be found at http://www.writing-world.com/dawn/survey.shtml.

Some of you, like Annette Snyder, are lucky in that you seem to
be surrounded by people who are interested in your work. "Most
ask me what I'm working on now.  The people around me are very
interested in my work.  If I know they have the Internet, I just
hand them a bookmark with my web addy on it and tell them they
should check it out.  Seems to work."

But for most of you, getting recognition for your work is far
from easy.

"When people ask, 'So, you're still writing, then? How's that
going?' I usually offer up a standard reply. 'Oh, yes, uh-huh.
It's going pretty well. I've been keeping busy.'  And I leave it
at that. Usually, so do they. There are only one or two friends
that are genuinely interested in a real update. (We all know who
they are, don't we?) I've stopped trying to 'gently educate' the
rest. They just don't get it, or just don't care." --Michele
Deppe.

"Moira was right in her column: Only other writers can really
appreciate what we do all day. Most people seem to think we get
paid to just sit here and pretend to work. Neighbors routinely
call and ask favors since they know I'm home. At one neighborhood
association meeting a board member actually scolded me for not
doing something for the group, pointing out that I had time since
I was home all day. I gritted my teeth and very calmly and
sternly replied, 'I work from home. My work day is generally 9:00
AM to 7:00 PM, depending on which coast the people I need to
speak with are located. So while I may be home, it doesn't mean
I'm available.'" --Paula Hendrickson

"I've tried different tactics, but here's a few that seem to
work. I always include my family members on my newsletter so that
they're aware of my happenings. When I get exciting news, I
always share it with them and try to include them especially in
large book signings or media events. Of course if they get real
cynical, I think about what is driving it. Do they hate their
jobs, their pay, and/or their bosses? This usually eases my
frustration and helps shed a different light on the subject. All
in all, it's usually envy or their lack of commitment in chasing
their own dreams that instigates their wickedness. If all else
fails, I simply smile, shake my head, and walk away. I think it
makes the person at least think about their ignorance and why I
don't waste my breath discussing it." --Drew Silver, Author of
"The Vampire Within" Trilogy

Some of you say we should definitely boast about our successes,
like Pamela Toler: "When people ask about my writing, I say:
'right now I have articles in three magazines that you can find
at your local Borders' and I smile.  You'd be surprised how many
times they write down the names, go buy the magazine (or more
likely, stand at the rack and skim the article), and tell me how
much they enjoy it."

"When people ask me if I'm still doing my writing thing, I
usually tell them about my most recent sales.  I do try to inject
a tad bit of humility,  but I don't mind bragging a little bit.
I'm proud of what I do and if others wish to be condescending
about it that's their problem, not mine!"  --Vicki Kennedy

"As for close family -- like parents! -- I think it would help to
mention how much you earn (in a good month!). Money usually
creates respect, so they can go, 'Oh my, I always picture her in
her blue pajamas, but look at the money she's making today, and
doing something she enjoys, too!' At least, maybe, that's what
they'll tell each other and friends/family and not you."
--Hasmita Chander

Finally, if you think it's just us relative newcomers who have
these problems, think again. Here's Patricia Fry: "I've been
writing for publication for over 30 years. Writing has been my
full-time career for the last 20 years. I've certainly dealt with
the issues you describe. And I've managed them in different ways
over the years.

"At first, I had to train family and friends to at least respect
my space when they were accustomed to my being ever-available to
go shopping or lunch. They didn't exactly know what I was doing
and why I needed all this time in order to do it, but they did
eventually abide by my requests.

"At first, it really bothered me that I just couldn't make people
understand my work and the process. And then I realized that it
didn't matter if they understood. I must say that it took time to
make this internal transition. But when I stopped trying to
explain the writing profession to non-writers, communication
actually became easier. Now, when someone asks me what I'm
working on, how the writing is going or 'exactly what do you do?'
I share a recent experience or credit or accomplishment.

"My aunt still doesn't understand that I am the force behind my
Web site, Matilija Press. My mother is always surprised by the
invitations I get to speak or to conduct workshops all over the
globe. What she doesn't seem to understand is that I put in a lot
of hours seeking out, soliciting and auditioning for these gigs.

So my advice to other writers who are trying to converse about
their work to non-writers is, share the highlights--the
interesting tidbits--about your career. You might even write them
down as they occur so you won't forget them the next time someone
asks you to explain what you do. And lower your expectations when
it comes to educating the non-writing masses. They'll never get
it. Think about it, is the reality of this career exactly as you
expected? I think not."

Speaking of realities brings me to this month's question: are you
writing what you thought you would be?  Did you, like me, set off
to write fiction and discover that your strength lies in
nonfiction? Did you dream of being a poet and become a
copywriter?  Does the reality of your writing life live up to the
dream? Is it beter? Email me at DawnCopeman"at"Write-Away.biz with
the subject line "writing reality."

Till next time,

Dawn

For advice on making the leap to full-time freelancing visit:
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/plunge.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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WRITING THE PERSONAL ESSAY

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                                                 by Mridu Khullar


When I declared that I didn't want to get married, challenged
age-old customs and decided to move out of my parents' house to
be on my own, it came as a huge shock my somewhat orthodox Indian
family. The day after the announcement, when my mother fainted
and fell terribly ill, I did what any desperate woman in my
situation would have done.

I got online.

"Now what?" said my group e-mail to friends. The only writer on
the list responded: "Write about it, you geek."

Now as I sit in the soon-to-be-mine apartment allocating space to
my magazines, files and CDs, and go on regular rounds of grocery
shopping, that essay is making rounds of its own. As it passes
through the desks of editorial offices in the hope of finding an
equally precious home, it serves as proof that every memory,
belief, desire, complaint, apprehension or hunch can be captured
by the writer in what is commonly known as the personal essay.

But not many writers start out with dreams of becoming essayists.
We want to be journalists, short story writers, novelists or even
travel writers, but rare is the scribe who sets out to be an
essayist. Personal essays happen by accident, when in the process
of setting out to find stories, we end up finding ourselves.
Every frustration, adulation, inclination, anguish or misery then
becomes fodder for the personal essayist's pen.

Find your "I"
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Personal essays are not about the discovery as much as they are
about the process of making that discovery. They're about the
exploration. The path chosen, the road traveled. You can't come
away from writing an essay without knowing a little something
more about yourself. An essay cannot be formed without digging
deep inside you and finding something, anything, that may come as
a surprise, even to you. You then pass on this gift of knowledge
to your readers in the form of a humorous anecdote, a story of
self-actualization or just a narrative tale. But at the heart of
each essay lies the writer's "I." And it is this I, the journey
and the depth of your understanding, that shape the way your
readers react to you.

But personal essays don't necessarily have to be about
life-changing moments. They can be anything -- a personal triumph, a
lesson learnt in an unlikely place or a memory that stood out for
some reason. It's your interpretation of the world around you,
and how your perception of things changes with events, that plays
the important role. Focusing on a theme or a message when
painting this canvas with colorful words for your readers can be
a great way to lead the story up to its climax.

Take the journey together
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Through your words, you form a relationship with your reader. The
keyword here is intimacy. Only by confiding the most personal
parts of you to your reader can you hope to inspire, teach or
touch a nerve. Necessary, then, is not only the ability to be a
skillful narrator, but having a thorough grounding in reality,
and the ability to portray an accurate picture of events.

You're not just telling the reader what happened, you're showing
her your experience of it. You're making her see what it is to be
frightened, concerned, angry or upset about the situation you're
in. So instead of telling her what you went through, give your
reader a map and a place on the backseat, and allow her to
experience the journey from her view of the window.

To do this though, you'll need to tap into your daily
experiences. Many writers do this by keeping a journal. No
journey in life is as simple as going from one point to the
other. By journaling daily, you can make sense out of the
disconnected dots and join them together. You're essentially
training yourself to be more observant of the little things
around you, and to find inspiration from the things that often go
unnoticed. It's these insignificant things when brought into
perspective that make the reader sit up and go, "hey, me too!"

Focus on the story, not the words
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As a new essayist, I often cared more about the words than I did
about the story, constantly trying to sound clever and
sophisticated. So when Chicken Soup for the Soul rejected all my
beautifully-worded slices of life, but selected the most
basically structured portrayal of a broken heart, I realized it
was all about depth. And that depth comes with understanding --
of yourself, and of the story.

Each time you look at your piece with fresh eyes, you'll find a
new dimension to it. So go ahead, play with metaphors, sprinkle
dialogue, and lead your readers down a path of sensory detail.
But don't forget the most important thing -- the story. In the
end, no matter how you choose to write it, it's about opening
yourself up to your readers. It's about making them laugh, cry
and learn through your experiences, right along with you.

Give the reader take-away value
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In the book "The Art of the Personal Essay," Phillip Lopate
writes, "The personal essayist looks back at the choices that
were made, the roads not taken, the limiting familial and
historic circumstances, and what might be called the catastrophe
of personality."

And that's what it is, really. In life, and in our own personal
experiences, things are never as they seem. Nothing is simple and
straightforward. It's your job, as the personal essayist, to take
the reader by the hand and guide her to those places inside the
self where things become clear -- where there is but one
universal truth, which comes out of the wisdom gained through
your experiences.

Don't forget the market
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Like with any other genre, if you're writing to sell, you need to
become familiar with the ins and outs of the market and write
within the boundaries of a particular publication. Word length,
topics, the level of details -- all these things then become
important considerations for an editor when judging your work for
publication. Nothing beats studying the style of the publication,
and focusing your material to meet the needs of the market.
Target markets aren't just limited to local newspapers; national
magazines often have last-page essays and sections dedicated to
first-person stories.

So if you find yourself constantly relaying stories of your
adventures, love to inspire and educate, and don't mind cutting
open a personal vein or two, venture into the world of
first-person writing. Getting personal might just be your thing.

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Mridu Khullar is an international freelance writer with over 200
articles in print and on the Web. She has been published in
several countries including the United States, Canada, England,
Australia, India and Bahrain. Mridu's credits include articles
and essays in almost 70 publications, including ELLE, Yahoo.com,
Chicken Soup for the Soul, World & I, New Woman, Writer's Digest,
Women's Health & Fitness, ePregnancy, Girls' Life and The Times
of India. For more advice on writing personal essays, visit
http://www.writing-world.com/creative/index.shtml

Copyright (c) 2006 by Mridhu Khullar


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THE WRITE SITES
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The Gallery
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A collection of free stock photography, clip art, sounds and
video clips. Most are amateur photos (though some are quite good
-- check the "tall ships" collection!). Available for use in
websites and other projects.  Also has lots of links to other
free photo sites.
http://gallery.hd.org/index.jsp

BBC Journalism Site
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This site offers all would-be journalists hints and tips on how
to break into journalism.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/bbc_journalism

ExploreWriting.co.uk
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A relatively new UK website that offers a nice selection of
high-quality articles on a wide range of topics.
http://www.explorewriting.co.uk

Hatch's Plot Bank
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Over 2000 scenarios for short stories, novels and scripts. You're
bound to find inspiration here.
http://www.angelfire.com/nc/tcrpress/plotbank.html

Resources and Advice for Teen Writers
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Advice from David Barr Kirtley, aimed mainly at young writers who
want to write science fiction and fantasy, but full of useful
advice for all writers of all genres. Includes advice on markets.
http://www.davidbarrkirtley.com/teenwriter/TeenResources.html

Rules of Writing
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Examples of the most common grammatical mistakes made by writers
and how to put them right.
http://www.junketstudies.com/rulesofw

Writers Remember
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A website and newsletter designed to share encouragement with
writers all over the world, and to have writers share in return.
Writers Remember will provide various resources writers can apply
to their lives.
http://www.writersremember.com/

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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                  by Moira Allen

A Writer's Dilemma: Market my last book or focus on the next?
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Q: I wrote and published my first book (a book of poems) about a
year ago. Now the excitement is over and I have been working hard
to market this book to sell the remaining copies. This started as
just a small self-publishing project to see if I could
successfully publish a novel afterwards. Here's my problem: I am
having difficulty balancing these two projects. How can I
continue to market & promote my first book and get totally
focused on writing this novel at the same time? Keep in mind I
still have to work full-time if I want to eat and have a roof
over my head.

A: Unfortunately the dilemma you're describing is pretty much the
standard for most writers. Unless you're a bestselling author,
you are always going to have to do the majority of your own
promotion. At the same time, most of us got into the writing
business to WRITE, not promote, and as you have discovered, the
necessary task of self-promotion can cut considerably into the
time available for writing.

First, I assume you have already set up a website for your book,
which provides an ongoing form of promotion without you having to
actively "do" anything. Also, all your promotions can then direct
people to your website for more information, ordering info, etc.
(You will find a number of useful promotion tips in our promotion
section at http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/index.shtml)

However, sometimes the time comes when you have to make a
decision: SOMETHING may have to go. You have to work, you want to
write, and you'd like to sell off the remainder of your books.
You may need to decide which of these is most important. Working
is not "optional," which means that writing and promotion are. By
this time, as you say, the excitement of the poetry book is over,
and quite probably, you're starting to feel that all the work of
marketing, promoting, and of course mailing, is sheer drudgery.
You want to move on to something new, something more important to
you.

So -- you may need to decide how important it really is to sell
the rest of those poetry books -- or how important it is to sell
them QUICKLY. If you're not depending on the income from those
books to eat, then you don't really NEED to sell them off. It
would be nice, but... If you have to choose between marketing and
your novel, there is nothing wrong with deciding that it's time
to bring an old project to a close so that you can dedicate
yourself to the next and more important project.

Also, if you are considering actually self-publishing a novel,
take a good look at the drudgery that was involved in getting
that poetry book to market. Marketing a self-published novel is
an uphill struggle, every step of the way, and leaves MOST
writers frustrated and unhappy with the results. If you have a
novel you believe in, I always recommend that you try the
commercial route first. Yes, it's frustrating too, but if you're
successful there, your book will actually get into bookstores and
libraries, and more importantly, into the hands of readers,
without you having to hand-sell each and every copy.
Self-publishing is just a bad way to go with novels. And if you
then get bogged down in the marketing aspect of your novel,
you'll face the same decision in a couple of years that you're
facing now: Do you spend your spare time marketing your published
novel -- or writing the NEXT one?


More Questions This Month:
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Isn't that plagiarism?
Where Can I Find a Writer's Group?
Do I have to tell people I'm collecting their info for a book?
What forms do publishers send?

Read the answers at http://www.writing-world.com/desk/desk10.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
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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... Article Structure, Part 3: Unity & Flow
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                                                  by Dawn Copeman

By now you should have worked out your topic, thought about your
structure and focused in on the story. You've probably written
your first draft. Now all you have to do to write a successful
article is to give your piece unity and flow.

Unity means making sure that everything you write down
contributes to the article and that nothing you have written
detracts from the flow.  An article has flow when the reader can
read through your article from beginning to end as smoothly as
possible, without ever having to stop to reread a paragraph or
get something straight in their mind. An article with flow and
unity is read to the end.  Without it, your reader will give up
and read something else instead.

So how do we achieve this?  Well, it's best to start with unity.

To read the rest of this column, go to:
http://www.writing-world.com/dawn/dawn09.shtml

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WHAT'S NEW AT WRITING-WORLD.COM
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OCTOBER COLUMNS:
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The Writing Desk, by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/desk/desk10.shtml

The Beginner's Guide to... Article Structure, Part 3: Unity & Flow
by Dawn Copeman
http://www.writing-world.com/dawn/dawn09.shtml

Writing for Young Readers, by Eugie Foster
Hi-Lo Books: Writing for Reluctant Readers
http://www.writing-world.com/foster/foster03.shtml


NEW ARTICLES:
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Bread and Butter Markets, by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/bread.shtml

Plunge Right In... Into Your Story, That Is, by Rekha Ambardar
http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/plunge.shtml

Shouldn't You Be Podcasting? by Amy Chavez
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/podcast.shtml

Writing for Music Magazines, by Ruth McHaney Danner
http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/music2.shtml

Writing Multicultural Fiction for Children (Part I),
by Eugie Foster
http://www.writing-world.com/children/multi1.shtml


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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless
otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers.
For more contests, check our contests database.
http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

ERIC GREGORY AWARDS
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DEADLINE: October 31, 2006
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: UK residents aged under 30 on March 31, 2007.
THEME: poems, drama-poems or belles-lettres. 30 poems maximum.
PRIZE: 24,000
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No
URL: http://www.societyofauthors.net/docs/GREGORYentryform.pdf
EMAIL: info"at"societyofauthors.org

FUNDSFORWRITERS ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: October 31, 2006
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: All
THEME: Four themes to choose from. Up to 750 words in essay form.
PRIZE: $50
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes
URL: http://www.fundsforwriters.com/annualcontest.htm
EMAIL: hope"at"fundsforwriters.com.

LION'S TALE
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DEADLINE: October 31, 2006
GENRE: Contest for a children's story, from a UK-based publisher
of Christian picture books. 300 - 800 words
OPEN TO: Entry is open only to previously unpublished authors of
children's fiction over the age of 18.
PRIZE: 1000
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No
URL: http://www.lionhudson.com/alionstale
EMAIL: marketing"at"lionhudson.com

SONNET WRITERS 1ST ANNUAL SONNET CONTEST
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DEADLINE: October 31, 2006
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO:   All
THEME: All entries must be sonnets.
PRIZE: $200, $100, $50.
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes
URL: http://www.sonnetwriters.com/?page_id=860
EMAIL: contest"at"sonnetwriters.com

NATIONAL SHORT STORY PRIZE
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DEADLINE: October 31, 2006
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: UK residents aged 18+ with some print publication history.
LENGTH:  1-2 stories, maximum 8,000 words each
PRIZE: 15,000 and BBC Broadcast
ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No
URL: http://tiny.bz/0ul/

ALEXANDER POPOFF YOUTH AWARD POETRY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: November 15, 2006
GENRE: Poetry
THEME: poems relating to the United Nations' Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. Maximum 3 single-spaced pages per
poem.
PRIZE: $100
URL: http://www.poetsforhumanrights.org/
EMAIL: stazja"at"verizon.net

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AUTHOR'S BOOKSHELF: Books by Our Readers
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Writing-World.com's Guide to Paying Markets for Fiction and Poetry
by Moira Allen

How to Start Your Own Greeting Card Business, by David Allen

The Well-Fed Self-Publisher, by Peter Bowerman


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