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NEWS from the World of Writing 
THE INQUIRING WRITER:  Writing Long-Hand, by Dawn Copeman 
FEATURE: Where Oh Where Are All the Good Article Ideas,
by Patricia Fry
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                        FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK 

I tried something new this month: I ventured into the world of
the trade press.  I have to say, it was harder than I thought. I
always knew that the trade press paid well, but boy, do you earn
it! (Before I receive any more comments from trade writers that
they don't get paid well, believe me, 30 – 40 cents a word is
better than most magazines pay!)

I got the job from an editor I've worked with.  She'd been made
editor of this trade magazine and wanted contributors, was I
interested?  Oh and by the way, the deadline is in five days!

I had to learn a whole new way of writing, master new style
guides, remember to spell –ize words as –ise and write like a
real journalist as opposed to a features writer.

It was hard work learning so much in such a short time, getting
to grips with the technical terms of the industry, and working out
what was and wasn't news and then reporting on it.  But it was
thrilling too -- it really stretched me as a writer.

I do believe that we can become too complacent as writers and
settle down into a comfort zone.  And once in that zone, yes, we
find our writing work easy, but eventually we find it a little
less thrilling.  This is why I am a great believer in stretching
ourselves as writers: Trying new areas, new genres, and new
approaches.  Even if we only do it for our own consumption, I
honestly believe it helps strengthen our skills as wordsmiths.

One area that I believe we should all try is commercial writing,
and we've had a good response to our call for submissions for
Commercial Corner.  Over the next few months we will bring you
loads of things you need to know to make a start in this often
neglected area of writing.

But sometimes all that we need to stretch ourselves is the
prospect of a new market for our work.  And whilst we don't
normally review books at Writing-World.com, Moira and I both felt
we had to let you know about the new Writer's Market UK.  Until
now, in the UK, if we've wanted to search for markets for our
work we've bought the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook or the
Writers' Handbook and waded through them.  They sufficed,
although I have to say I only suspected they might not be up to
scratch until Moira told me she'd had a look at them and wasn't

Then I received a copy of Writer's Market UK.  Now I knew why
Moira wasn't that thrilled with our home-grown guides -- Writer's
Market UK is huge!  It has 976 pages packed full of information
for writers.  It has over 4000 market listings, including trade
magazines, local and national radio, television and theatre.  It
has information on contests, grants bursaries and writing
festivals as well as thirty articles on every aspect of writing.

More importantly, it means for the first time, we have
access to an online, regularly updated database in
WritersMarket.co.uk. I live in Britain, but suddenly I'm
discovering new markets for my work.  I'm stretching myself again
and it feels good.  

But this guide isn't just for British writers looking for British
markets.  It's a great resource for anyone, anywhere in the
world, who would like to tap into the UK writing marketplace.
If you want to stretch yourself and break into the UK Market,
you can try WritersMarket.co.uk for 30 days for free. Go to
http://www.writersmarket.co.uk and enter the code WMAL2.

                                         -- Dawn Copeman, Editor

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The British supermarket chain, Tesco, has announced that it is
launching its own book club. Working with Random House, the
supermarket will choose a different book each month to be
promoted, discussed and reviewed in the Tesco magazine and
website. The first book is 'Innocent Traitor' by Alison Weir.
Some see such groups as this and Richard and Judy's Television
book group as a good thing, one that will get people reading.
Others believe it could lead to homogeneity in the publishing
world and that the reduced prices paid by Tesco will cause
problems for the independent book stores. For more information
visit: http://tinyurl.com/2pymuq

The BBC has announced that it will not edit any previously
published online news reports concerning the reported 'murder' of
Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan cricket coach, despite the fact that it
has now been proven that Mr Woolmer died of natural causes.  The
BBC says that it would be wrong to go and edit these news reports
retrospectively, as at the time, murder was suspected.  This
stance does, however, contradict their stance on retrials, where
they delete material relating to the first trial so as not to
prejudice the new trial. For more information visit:

British writers' and artists' organizations are up in arms over
proposals to cut Arts Council funding by as much as 35% to help
fund the 2012 Olympics.  The cost of hosting the 2012 Olympics in
Britain has already well exceeded the original estimate, and the
Chancellor of the Exchequer has decided to use funds from the
National Lottery to make up the difference.  This means that the
Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts budget will be only
£54m in 2007/2008, down from £83m the previous year.  The Council
has had to impose new rules and criteria for its grants,
including the rule that all projects must start and end within
the year of funding.  "We feel the burden will fall on the arts
quite painfully," says Joan Bakewell, chairman of the National
Campaign for the Arts.  "There is almost no arts enterprise in
the country that has not taken huge benefit from the Lottery." 
More than 13,000 people have already signed a petition to protest
the cuts; for more information, visit

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned
that two Australian journalists were convicted of contempt of
court simply for doing their job.  The two journalists, Michael
Harvey and Gerard McManus, were convicted of contempt and each
fined A$7000 for refusing to reveal the key source of a leaked
story that had embarassed the federal government. In February
2004, they exposed government plans to knock back a $500 million
boost to war veterans' pensions. "For a country that is placed as
an open and free democracy, this conviction raises grave concerns
about the future for press freedom in Australia," said IFJ
Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park. "To convict journalists
for upholding their code of ethics, and protecting their sources,
is effectively punishing journalists for doing nothing more than
their jobs." For more information visit:

It's proving difficult to attract a teen readership to magazines
these days.  What with the Internet, citizen journalism, blogs,
RSS and SMS news feeds, it can be tricky finding a market for a
print magazine.  This has definitely been the experience of US
teen magazine "InStyle Your Look," which has folded after just
two issues, and also of UK's Cosmogirl, which will see its last
issue hit the news stands in August.  For more information visit:

BookSurge, an Amazon group and leader in Print on Demand
services, and Kirtas Technologies, a world leader in high-quality
nondestructive book digitization, have announced a collaboration
with universities and public libraries to preserve thousands of
rare and inaccessible books from their collections and distribute
them via BookSurge's Print-on-Demand service. Emory University,
University of Maine, Toronto Public Library, and Cincinnati
Public Library are the first organizations to enter into
agreements with Kirtas to make their rare-book collections
available to a readership that extends far beyond their physical
geographies. This collaboration represents a breakthrough
approach to digitization and preservation that will ensure the
public will have access to these works indefinitely via Print on
Demand. This initiative will also help these institutions fund
their mission of preserving these vast literary collections by
offering a revenue source from the sales of content these
institutions own or that is in the public domain on Amazon.com.
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                     by Dawn Copeman (editorial@writing-world.com) 

Last month I wondered whether you still use the pen and paper or
long-hand method of writing? And if you did, when?

Well, your answers surprised me.  It seems that in this digital
age there's only one way many of you prefer to write and that's
not with a computer.

Keetha Reed finds that writing in long-hand is the perfect start
to her day: "When I wake in the morning, before coffee, before
anything, I write longhand for about ten minutes. Mostly it's
thoughts about what I want to get done that day and/or what I
dreamed about the night before. I enjoy holding my favorite pen
and the pages of unlined paper. It's tactile and perhaps makes me
more aware of the words I choose. I do sense a definite
difference in my writing when it's longhand rather than via a
computer, but I can't say that's it's better, exactly, just

Amyah also prefers to write long-hand. She commented: "Yes I
still use pen and paper even though I have a laptop.  I wrote my
first novel on restaurant's napkins and paper place mats.  I am
always scribbling and taking notes in a small note pad that
always follows me.  Wherever I am, car, train, plane, restaurant,
pub, parkbenches... I am writing my thoughts and ideas, book
chapters and articles. With a pad and paper, you can write in
places where it is difficult to open your laptop.  But I love
taking out my laptop in pubs where I can access a plugin...

"But, I must admit that when I have the pen I like and the right
kind of paper, it is feeling almost sensual to see the words
birthing from the ink.  It makes me vibrate."

Drema Druge finds that her writing is different when she does it
long-hand: "I occasionally write long-hand, because I don't like
carrying my lap top.  (I know, then what's the point in having
one, right?) When I do write by hand I think I write differently.
I always say I think whatever I wrote would be much different if
I used a PC.  I think writing by hand uses a different part of
your brain. Often when I write by hand it seems I am more careful
and creative.  I tend to finish what I start faster, as well."

Many of you prefer a hybrid approach to writing: pen first, PC
later.  Diane Schuller explains her technique: "Yes, I'm likely a
rare bird in that I do still use the long-hand method of writing.
Truth be told, I do use my computer most of the time for the
majority of my writing. That said, I find that writing long hand
definitely induces my creativity and I'm certain it's because
there is a real biological or physiological connection between
the hand and the brain. I'm quite serious.

"If I'm feeling like writing poetry, for instance, I always begin
with pen in hand. Often when I'm beginning one of my weekly
columns or sometimes a magazine article, I will sit in my comfy
chair, pen in hand, pad on my lap and leisurely allow the ideas
to flow from my mind to my pen. It's actually a pleasure to play
with the words and watch them form. I find my handwriting changes
with the subject at times as well -- so there is a real emotional
connection by writing this way. When I transfer any of these
things to the computer, sure it requires quite a bit of editing,
but that's the case even when I type directly on the computer in
the first place."

Liana Metal also works with both, and commented: "I, almost
always, write in long-hand on white plain paper.  I use large
sheets of paper -- A4 size is good -- and I write the initial
draft on there.  I may not write the whole article on paper, but
my first ideas are put on paper so that later on I transfer them
on the screen of my computer.  I may make slight changes as I
copy the text but, most of the times, I don't edit my initial
article at all! I just find it handier to have some paper aside
and a pen than turn on the PC and type.  Also, I get more ideas
at odd times of the day, say when I first wake up or go to bed,
or when I am in the bathroom, so a small pad of white paper and a
pen is all I need!  When I am working on the Internet though, I
just type in Word, but that's only when I am on the spot."

Susan too, finds this approach useful: "I like to use pen and
paper when a new idea comes to mind. I write down bits of
dialogue, character sketches, possible titles, certain plot
parts; it all seems to flow. I, too, have a hard time writing
fast enough to keep up with my thoughts, and, sometimes, I end up
with a lot of pages! Then, when I actually write the piece, I use
my PC and refer to my hand-written notes."

Jennifer Urwitz finds that she can write only if she uses a pen
first to do the work and then a PC just for presentation.  She
explains: "I should tell you that I am an avid writer, but mostly
I write for myself. My head rambles with story ideas and
characterizations and I am hard pressed to keep up with them
sometimes.  Because of the intensity at which some of these ideas
hit me (whether its a new plot or a twist to a current work), I
am usually grabbing my notebook and pen and scribbling as fast as
my hand will allow.  Yes, I think much faster than I write --
even with my own personal shorthand -- and I do double back over
the notes, adding in words I may have skipped or expanding on key
points.  While I type at a quick pace, I find the writing
actually allows expression since my hand knows what to write,
rather than me worrying about a mism-key on the PC and losing my
train of thought. When I finally do take those ideas and work
them into a story, I do it in a notebook, with a pen.  Not only
does this allow my brain to ramble and my hand to flow, but I
find it easier to flip through the pages in reference to a
character or event than scrolling through computer screens. I can
also make notes in the margins, or dog-ear pages or reference.
Plus there is also that every satisfying feeling of ripping out
paper and wadding it in your hands when you don't like where an
idea is headed. The stories I do type up need little editing or
changing as I am just following the pre-written book, watching
for margin notes and crossed out lines as I go.  At that point
I'm no longer the artist inundated with capturing my imagination,
but rather I'm the typist enjoying a good read as I go."

For some of you, however, the computer is tops every time. 
Warren Jamison has had over two million words of nonfiction
published with major publishers and for him, working on the
computer is his favourite method of working, followed by using
voice-recognition software and dictating to his machine. But as
he adds: "sometimes longhand or shorthand works best, especially
if it's the only available method when inspiration strikes."

Howard Bernbaum began writing 57 years ago and, naturally, wrote
long-hand.  However, he has been using computers since they
became available and writes that "today I seldom touch pen to
paper." Howard acknowledges that writing by hand slows you down
and gives you chance to think but states that "in my case, slows
you down so much that you begin to forget some of those thoughts,
those magnificent revelations that come and go. I believe, again
at least for myself, that rereading your typed manuscript gives
all the opportunity in the world for that better word or unique
turn of phrase. When I type what is flowing through my mind, the
words appear on screen almost as fast as they appear in my head.
All the thoughts are captured. Later, when and if I'm in the
mood, or if by happenstance some editor has raged through the
document, the rewrite corrects the typos as well as the poor
literature that somehow found its way onto the page.

"Besides that, my hand begins to ache from the writing, age and
lack of practice has turned my script illegible, and transcribing
hand written stuff is a royal pain in the - - - uh, neck."

I also wanted to know if writing long-hand somehow helped to
spark your creativity, Amwah doesn't believe it makes any
difference: "As for sparking the creativity, I really don't
know... whichever the medium, my creativity is there. Writing is
out of the mind anyway so... whatever the medium, what we have to
write will come out.  Maybe some tools might be easier than
others, depending of the people, but creativity is always there,
wherever we are."

Sangeeta Deogawanka, however, believes that what she uses does
effect her work: "I first began using the computer when I was
working as scriptwriter because of its 'cut-paste' functions.
However I still used the long-hand for planning and outlines.
When I quit to get married and work from home as a freelance
writer, I went back to my long-hand. The flow of creativity in
long-hand knows no bounds.

"Today, I might have switched over to computer for my writing
because my arthritis is a deterrent for long-hand scribbling --
but I still resort to scribbling in odd bits of paper whenever I
want to chalk out the framework for a story idea.

"Summing up, I still use the pen and paper for writing my ideas
when I am working upon FICTION, as I find my creativity virtually
unleashes through my pen. Which means I take my pain killer and
sit down to give free rein to my ideas. No, they do not require
much editing, only some expansion, when I transfer the same to
computer. At the same time, when I write ESSAYS & RESEARCH
ARTICLES, I prefer to use the computer. If I am to evaluate
myself, I would say it does indeed make a difference to the
writing. In fiction writing, you pour in a part of yourself, your
soul, your ideas -- which is possible with long-hand scribbling.
Writing non-fiction is somewhat monochromatic, and the computer
serves well enough."

Now the holiday, sorry, "vacation" season is fast approaching and
my husband, who is the most loving and supportive of spouses,
thinks I should take a break from writing.  Because I do it for a
living, he cannot see why I should want to spend my holidays
writing too.  I've tried to explain that there is a big
difference between writing articles and columns and writing my
novel or dabbling in poetry, but to him, writing is writing.

So my next question is this, with the holiday season coming up,
what do you intend to do?  Is this your major writing fest, two
weeks to devote entirely to your masterpiece or to cram in as any
queries as you can?  Or, if you write full-time for a living, is
this the time you work on your novel or does your family expect
you to join them on the beach? Do you compromise? Do you go on a
retreat?  Do you take a complete break from all writing?  If so,
what effect does it have on your writing?

Email me with your responses and the subject line "vacation" to

Till next time, 


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Dawn Copeman is a freelance writer based in England. She is the 
author of over 100 articles and is the editor of Writing World 
and also of Newbie Writers, http://www.newbie-writers.com, a site 
for new and aspiring writers.  Dawn is also a copywriter as well 
as a contributing editor and columnist at 
http://www.timetravel-britain.com. Visit her website at 

Copyright (c) 2007 by Dawn Copeman 


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					                                by Patricia Fry

Do you have the desire to contribute articles to magazines? Where
does one begin? Most writers start with a familiar topic --
something they know well and/or something about which they want a
voice. Everyone has a pet project or a pet peeve. What's yours?
Environmental issues? Neighborhood Watch? Home schooling? A
particular political stance?

One of the questions most frequently asked at my workshops and
writing presentations is, "Where do you get your article ideas?"
Once you've written several articles on your pet topic, then

In my article entitled "Looking for a Few Good Ideas?" published
in the January, 1997 issue of Writer's Digest and the 1998
edition of Writer's Market, I suggest looking everywhere. I
maintain that if you don't see article ideas all around you, you
aren't paying attention.

Seek and you shall find article ideas at work, at the grocery
store, while vacationing, at your family Thanksgiving
celebration, even at your preschooler's dad-and-daughter picnic.
I discovered a $2,000+ idea once while watching my grandson's
Little League game. I sat next to a gentleman who happened to be
a professional storyteller. I later interviewed him and wrote a
beautiful piece called "The Healing Power of Storytelling" for
The World and I Magazine. And then I sold reprints and rewrites.

While in line at the post office one day, I met a retired woman
who had recently started her own home repair and decorating
business. I sold her story to a retirement magazine and a couple
of business magazines. My daughter introduced me to friends who
were operating a side business making and marketing plastic
crawdads for fishing. This connection resulted in an article
featuring garage and basement manufacturing businesses for
Business Start-ups Magazine.

Write About What You Know
What skills do you have? What are your interests and hobbies?
What insights have you gained in your line of work or in your
life that may be of value to others? When I first started
writing, our family was involved in horses. Our daughters
competed in local horse shows and we enjoyed trail riding and
horse packing into wilderness areas as a family. I turned some of
my firsthand knowledge, experiences and observations into
articles for horse magazines. My first article and my first sale
was a piece featuring ideas for things you can make using horse
show ribbons. I sold articles on how to create hairdos for horse
shows, how to make chaps and featuring tips for horse show
mothers. I also found homes for a humorous piece about raising a
foal and a story of a near tragedy in the mountains involving

Write About Things You Want to Know
A good way to learn about something is to write about it. Someone
I met once, upon learning that I wrote articles on many subjects
for a variety of magazines said, "Wow, you must be the most
intelligent woman I've ever met." Not even! I'm simply curious by
nature and I enjoy the research process.

As an example, I suffered a slight spell of heat fatigue once.
Out of curiosity I researched heat-related illnesses and then
wrote a couple of articles about how to prevent and treat them.
So far, these have appeared in travel and parenting magazines.

We found three feral kittens last spring. The research necessary
to properly care for these fragile animals resulted in success
with the kittens and a feature article for Cat Fancy Magazine.

Years ago, I visited the Denver Zoo where I was introduced to a
pair of Pallas cats. I was intrigued and wanted to know more
about these exotic animals from Russia. The editor for Cat's
Magazine shared my interest and immediately assigned the piece.
The research for this article included a close-up and personal
VIP tour inside the Pallas Cat exhibit.

Share Your Experiences
Your experiences and how you perceive them are completely
different from anyone else's. Don't disregard them. In article
form, they may serve to entertain and help others while making
you a little spending money.

We once found ourselves taking care of an older horse. We
discovered that old horses need special consideration and care. I
wrote an article for Western Horse Magazine about our trials with
this aged equine in hopes of helping others make the right
decisions for their own elderly horses.

My book, "The Mainland Luau, How to Capture the Flavor of Hawaii
in Your Own Backyard," stemmed from our experiences presenting
annual luaus for 75 to 125 people at our home.

I've generated around $2000 over the years writing about
something I do every day: meditation walking.

Relate the Experiences of Others
Create a limitless supply of fascinating material by tapping into
the life adventures of family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and
acquaintances. My brother is a former horseshoer who also does
metal sculpture using horseshoes. I've sold a couple of articles
about him and his work.

My niece's mother-in-law was growing African violets and selling
them through mail order from Montana. I contacted this woman and
subsequent interviews lead to several articles for a variety of
magazines on aspects of starting and operating a mail order plant
business as well as care tips for African violets.

Look Everywhere for Article Ideas
While most people complain about standing in line or waiting for
the doctor or dentist, I consider waiting an opportunity. The
next time you find yourself waiting for something, instead of
pacing and griping, tune into your own thoughts. It's amazing
what can occur to you if you'll just quiet your mind. Pay
attention to what's going on around you. In other words, eaves

My book, "Creative Grandparenting Across the Miles, Ideas for
Sharing Love, Faith and Family Tradition" (Liguori Publications),
resulted from a conversation I overheard while standing in line
at the grocery store a couple of years ago. Two women were
talking about how difficult it is to bond with grandchildren who
live in a different state. I began thinking about what I do to
maintain a close relationship with my long-distance
granddaughter. I collected ideas from other grandparents, several
of whom admitted that they don't feel as close to the
grandchildren they see less often as they do those who live
nearby. Convinced that this would make an interesting useful
article, I sent out some query letters. The resulting article
appeared in Columbia and Signs of the Times before Liguori
Publications offered me a book contract.

Stop, Look and Listen
Pay attention to the world around you. Notice what other people
are doing and listen to what they are saying. Other people are
excellent resources for a writer whether you write nonfiction or
fiction. I have a friend who develops characters for her novels
by spending time in a variety of settings. She might do down to
the waterfront, to a local beach or an amusement park to

There are some pearls that escape form the lips of others and
it's worthwhile listening to them. I once overhead someone
talking about their horrible vacation and that inspired me to
write a piece I call, "The Inner Vacation." This concept has
earned me hundreds of dollars in articles and reprints for a
whole variety of magazines, including women's physicians, travel,
religious, senior and regional.

Your local newspaper is brimming with article ideas. Don't let a
day go by without reading every section.

Use the Internet
You'll be surprised at the ideas that will flow when you spend
time visiting the wide array of websites. I've come up with ideas
for articles on preventing and managing altitude sickness, web
shopping tips, conquering boredom in your pets, a piece featuring
the reminiscences of the elderly as we approached the millennium
and what American officials are doing to prevent school violence.

Pay Attention to Trends
Watch for trends and occurrences from which you can create useful
meaningful articles. I once pitched a piece to Catholic Forester
Magazine on how to help children through the grieving process.
They held onto my query for several months. When the Oklahoma
bombing occurred, they immediately contacted me and asked for a
piece on healthy grieving that would also relate to this tragedy.

Write From the Heart
What are you passionate about? How would you like to make a
difference? What segment of the population do you most want to
reach? I want to make a difference for children and have been
fortunate enough to be invited to contribute some meaningful
articles pertinent to this cause. I've written articles on
teaching kids responsibility through pet ownership, how parents
can help their children be more successful in school, how to help
kids get the most from their organized sports experience, how to
get along in a stepfamily and several articles on being a more
effective grandparent.

Where are all the good article ideas? I maintain that they are
everywhere. All you have to do is pay attention.


Patricia L. Fry has been writing for publication for over 30
years, having contributed hundreds of articles to about 250
different magazines and e-zines. She is the author of 25 books
including "A Writer's Guide to Magazine Articles for Book
Promotion and Profit" and "The Right Way to Write, Publish and
Sell Your Book." http://www.matilijapress.com. For more
inspiration, information and resources from Patricia Fry, follow
her blog, http://www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog.

Copyright 2007 Patricia L. Fry

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