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The Editor's Desk
THE INQUIRING WRITER: Essential Writing Equipment, by Dawn Copeman
FEATURE: Internet Want Ads: Finding Writing Jobs Online
by Julie Bloss Kelsey
The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
FEATURE:  From Beginning to End, A Fiction Format to Your Next
Sale, By Shaunna Privratsky 
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                                  FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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And the winners are...
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Hi everyone, 

I've been reading a book recently called "Affluenza".  The central
premise of this book is that most people today are unhappy with
their lot as they spend too much time comparing themselves
unfavorably with others. (The book actually goes into a lot more
detail than this and explains a complicated relationship between
money, advertising and emotional well-being.) People with affluenza
tend to view the whole world in a slightly skewed way. They see
people, for example, winning a book contract with their very first
manuscript and begin to feel distress.  They blame themselves,
saying they are "no good" or feel incredible amounts of jealousy
and even hatred for the person who has achieved what they want. 

I think that as writers, we too can be prone to this type of
negative thought pattern. Moira once received some most abusive
mail from a fellow writer because Moira had four articles published
in The Writer over a short space of time.  The writer claimed that
Moira was 'stealing opportunities' from others. 

Now I know we are human and we can't help but feel jealous, hurt or
upset if we think we are not getting the recognition we deserve,
but I guess it all depends on why you started writing in the first
place and how seriously you take it.

Many a famous author has said something along the lines of "if
you're in it for the money or the recognition, you won't ever
succeed."  In other words, you should be writing because you can't
stop yourself, because if you don't write you feel cranky, because
it is a passion within you.  

And for writers like this, just the fact that you are spending time
doing something you love, makes you a winner already. 

Enjoy your writing, improve your craft and take it as far as you
can, but remember that publication should be viewed as the icing on
the cake, not the whole meal. But be realistic too; it's no good
complaining about your work not being accepted for publication if
you never submit it.  If you think that's obvious, try telling that
to the numerous people to whom I speak each month who want to be
published but never submit their work. They are almost as bad as
the novelists who have yet to put pen to paper, or switch on their
word processor, yet who claim to be a novel writer. 

If you find you are getting dissatisfied with your writing, if
you're not enjoying it anymore, take some time to work out why. 
Are you writing what you love to write, or what you think you
should write to get published?  If it's the latter, then for
sanity's sake, start to make time for the writing that you love.
It's a hard enough world out there, without us making it harder for
ourselves.  

Oh and as for those 'lucky' writers, who strike it rich at their
first attempt; I'm afraid luck has very little to do with it.  It's
mainly hard work, striving to perfect their craft and perseverance
that has brought them their success, with only a little bit of
'luck' thrown in.

And speaking of success, here are the winners of our two
competitions from last month. 

First of all, I have this message from Elaine Saunders who offered
a free copy of her book "A Book About Fiction Writing Exercises."

Elaine emailed me to say: "You're a clever lot at Writing World and
I thought you might like to carry details of the competition win in
your next newsletter
 
"Despite my terrible handwriting, several of your subscribers
managed to decipher the notes on the front cover of 'A Book About
Fiction Writing Exercises'.   
 
"Wanda Bergman of Manitoba, Nadia Ali, Tanja Cilia, Donna Cook and
Sarah White of Thatcham, UK all came up with the correct answer on
exactly the same day.   Eventually, I had to look at the time the
message was sent, take into account the time zone and come up with
a winner.
 
"By a couple of hours the winner was Jennifer Jensen of Indiana who
has already received a pdf of the download version of 'A Book About
Fiction Writing Exercises'.   I look forward to hearing from
Jennifer and working with her across the coming months.  
 
"Although the competition was posted on several other writers'
message boards, Writing World was the only site to come up with the
reply - and so many at once!
 
"Well done to Jennifer Jensen and thanks to everyone who entered.
 
"PS.  For those who couldn't read my writing, the words were copied
from the opening page of Jane Eyre."

And the following three people have been picked out at random from
the email draw to win a copy of Writer's Market UK 2009.  

Vicki Kennedy from Longview, Texas 
Lyn Humphris from Melbourne, Australia and
Mary Cook, Alford, Lincolnshire.

Congratulations! The book will be mailed to you direct from the
publisher as soon as it becomes available.

Until next time, 

                       -- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor
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THE INQUIRING WRITER: Essential Writing Equipment
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 by Dawn Copeman (editorial"at"writing-world.com)

Last month I wanted to know what your most useful writing tool is.
There is a surprisingly wide variety of tools that you find
'indispensable' as you will see. 

"While most of my writing is done on a PC, the one piece of
equipment I could not write without is a trusty Visconti fountain
pen. It helps ideas flow as freely as the ink!" says Mike Sewell. 

Another person who needs pens is Donna Marie Taylor.  She wrote:
"Aside from the obvious (for me that is), which would be my very
specific, comfortable blue-ink (or black) ballpoint pen, lined
loose-leaf paper notebooks and Word Processor, my most essential
tool would be:  a red-ink pen.  I find it nearly impossible to do
revisions without it.  I do most of my first draft writing on pen
and paper, and type it all into Word, often revising as I go (I
know--you're supposed to wait).  I then print it all out,
draft-speed and double-spaced (a different color paper for each
revision), and begin the true revision process ALL in red ink in
order to easily see every tiny revision detail, especially when I'm
transferring them into Word again --- and again --- and again."

Whilst Perle Champion has specific ideas about the pens she needs,
she also lists quite a few other writing essentials.  She emailed
to say that her writing tools were: 

"1. Pens: Cheap fat ones, my expensive slender gold one, black or
canary yellow tommy Bahamas with palm trees for clips...
2. 8x5 spiral notebooks from office depot.
3. Dell Laptop, the small Inspiron.
4. Clipboard and colored ink pens."
 
Perle continued: "Don't get me wrong, I love my Dell laptop, but I
think with a pen; my words flow with a pen in my hand.  I even
carry one on my morning 5-mile walk, alternately scribbling and
watching where I'm going.  All my first drafts are hand written
then transcribed into MSWord (my personal favorite).  They are then
printed double spaced and affixed to my ebony clipboard.  I then
put on my editor's hat, and reach for colored ink pens, (red or
lavender), and edit as if it was someone else's work.  Then its
back to the laptop, and so it goes.

"I could not write without a pen.  The laptop is a tool for the
finished product to send to my editors."  
 
For Marjorie Kildare, her journal is the most useful tool.  She
writes: "A daily hand-written journal - to record my observations
and impressions and to describe the essence of my experiences - is
most useful. 

"Reading numerous writers' journals, most recently 'The Journals of
Joyce Carol Oates: 1973 - 1982' and Gail Godwin's 'The Making of a
Writer Journals, 1961 - 1963', proves the worth of journals. 

"For me, 'journals, while seemingly over-personal & dead end, are a
panacea - and may, someday, serve as a reference' when I find a
route 'to that real transfusion from life to paper', as Godwin
found."

Wendy uses something somewhat larger than a journal.  She wrote:
"My most useful writing tool is my whiteboard: for brainstorming
off a word, laying out an article, dissecting a difficult scene or
sketching up a map of my fictional world. I find it better than
just using scrap paper because it's bigger, and it's more flexible
as I can just rub a small bit out if it's gone wrong rather having
to start all over again. Even if I just have a to-do list written
on it, being able to physically rub out tasks when I've finished
them is very satisfying."

Susan Huettman, however, prefers something much smaller, she says:
"Sticky notes adorn my revisions and carry new ideas into action."

Other writers rely on more modern technology to help them in their
work.  Sue Fagalde Lick writes: "I love my mini voice recorders
(Olympus VN3100). I have two and try to always have one nearby.
They're great for ideas when you just have a minute or for adding
those late-arriving thoughts after you've headed out for a walk or
to run errands or already turned off the computer. I have used them
in those moments when I'm briefly alone, such as in the restroom or
in the car when I arrive someplace early, and I have used them to
lay out whole articles while I'm driving. I even wrote an entire
song on a long drive, singing a capella into the tiny recorder.
They're also great for interviews. 

"These recorders are inexpensive. They run on rechargeable AAA
batteries, do not connect to the computer, but they do have
headphone and microphone jacks and you never run out of 'tape'." 
 

Another writer using modern technology is Margaret Fieland.  She
writes: "The thing I can't do without is my Thesaurus. I do have
several in book form, but my favorite Thesaurus website is
http://www.dictionary.com

"It's easy for me to open another tab on my browser and look
something up."

Katherine Harms emailed to say: "My most useful writing tool is a
set of macros I downloaded from http://www.rogerjcarlson.com.  They
identify and mark for editing things like adverbs, prepositions and
passive statements. They even count the number of times any word is
used in the document. It can be shocking to discover that some word
is used 25 times in a document of 1000 words. It takes a lot of
time to do this kind of editing, but my writing is much improved by
using these tools. As I work, I am learning to write more powerful
sentences, and that is worth everything. I highly recommend these
macros. In fact, I hope that I will be able to create my own Word
macros with edits specific to my own work now that I know how to
use them."
 
For Audrey L Brooks her most valuable writing tool is a piece of
hardware.  As she says: "It would be impossible to write and keep
track of all my writing ideas without my jump drive.  I just can't
live without it."

Only one respondent said that a piece of software was her most
useful tool and that was Joy Higgins.  She wrote: "Dramatica Pro
4.0 software--I could write without it if I didn't care about plot
holes, character inconsistencies, strong underpinnings, and the
confidence to know that when my story was finished, it would stand
up to any scrutiny. However, I do care. Enough so that I have three
shelves of books and several other software programs devoted to
correcting those problems in a seamless manner. Unfortunately, most
leave one or another problem in a weak condition or not addressed
at all. IMHO. That doesn't mean that 'whoever' will like the idea
or my writing style, but it does mean the story will have every
element and relationship covered to its fullest. Now, if I could
only get it to write the story. Nah--that would take all the fun
out of it. I'll do the writing, but Dramatica can do the structure.
My story is safe that way."

Thanks for all who responded. 

Next month, in place of the Inquiring Writer I'll be running The
Writing Desk instead.  I had to, reluctantly, omit it from this
issue due to lack of space.  However, in the meantime, if you have
a question or problem of your own to put to our writing community,
email me at editorial"at"writing-world.com with the subject line
Inquiring Writer. 

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Travel Guide Author Made it all Up!
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Contrary to the excellent advice given to us last month by Sean
McLachlan, Lonely Planet guidebook writer Thomas Kohnstamm couldn't
be bothered to travel to one of the countries he wrote about, so he
made it all up.  According to a report on CNN Wire, the travel
guide author claimed that Lonely Planet didn't pay him enough to
cover the cost of a trip to Columbia, so he wrote it in San
Francisco with the help of his girlfriend - an intern at the
Columbian Consulate. Kohnstamm has written over a dozen books for
Lonely Planet and says he has made up whole sections in many of
them.  Lonely Planet, however, say that all their books are
accurate.  For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/6za9zj

Learn journalism in Second Life 
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If you've longed to study journalism, but could never find the time
or money to attend a course, then you might just want to pop along
to Second Life. You can now learn how to be a journalist courtesy
of the London School of Journalism which has opened a virtual
journalism college in the increasingly popular virtual community.
The journalism school is offering free lectures and Q&A sessions
with leading industry professionals. So far, the idea seems to be
popular with between 500 and 1000 Second Lifers attending the
school each week. For more information visit: 
http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/531446.php

Harry Potter and the vanishing authors 
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Bloomsbury, the publisher behind the Harry Potter series of books
is facing a revolt amongst its authors, with many of them defecting
to rival publishing houses. The dissatisfied authors claim that the
publisher is still devoting more time and energy to the J.K.
Rowling books than to any others in its stable. For more
information visit: http://tinyurl.com/6exo3y

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Internet Want Ads: Finding Writing Jobs Online

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                               by Julie Bloss Kelsey

Searching the Internet for writing jobs can be profitable, but only
if you know where to look.  There are thousands of websites
promising fame and fortune to writers.  How do you know if a
writing website is worth your time?  And once you've found a
promising want ad, should you apply for the job? 

It pays to do your homework.  Use these tips to evaluate a website
before you use it as a job source:

Is the website established?  
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Writing job boards come and go with distressing frequency.  It can
be frustrating to find one that you like only to have it disappear
six months later.  Check to see how long a website has been in
business before you invest your time there.  

With its ten-year history, Absolute Write is a good example of an
established website for writers.  Like Writing-World.com, Absolute
Write contains a wealth of information for writers, from finding an
agent to dealing with rejection.  Check out Absolute Write's
Announcements for writing contests and hit the Water Cooler
(writing forums) for job postings. 

How popular is the website?
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Deborah Ng's Freelance Writing Jobs was recently voted as a top
blog for writers.  During the work week, new online writing jobs
are listed daily, along with cover letter clinics and advice for
writers.

ProBlogger is a favorite website of bloggers.  Be sure to check the
ProBlogger Job Board often; blogging jobs fill quickly.

Does the website appeal to professional journalists? 
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For the latest media news, mediabisto.com is a good place to start.
You can search current job listings for free or pay to join
AvantGuild, which includes access to a database of magazine
mastheads, examples of freelance pitches that landed jobs, and
othrr treats.  

JournalismJobs.com offers a free listing of current freelance
writing jobs in the media.  New jobs are added almost daily.  You
can also post your resume for free for six months.

Does the website provide jobs specific to your writing niche? 
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The National Association of Science Writers maintains an active job
listing database for dues-paying members.  If science writing is
your beat, this is a good place to look for work.  

If you write poetry or creative nonfiction, be sure check the
classified ads at Poets&Writers, the online version of the print
magazine.  You can find writing contests and calls for manuscripts
for anthologies, books, magazines, and chapbooks.  New listings are
posted every two months.

Will the website send jobs to you?
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Free writer's e-zines, such as this one, are wonderful time-savers
for writers - as long as they come from established and credible
sources.  

WritersWeekly.com offers a free weekly writer's e-zine, complete
with a listing of paying markets and jobs.  Be sure to stop by the
Freelance Jobs and Paying Markets forum while you're there.  

C. Hope Clark's FundsforWriters offers two free writer's market
newsletters weekly - FundsforWriters and FFW Small Markets.  Check
out C. Hope Clark's blog for additional funding opportunities.  

Writing for DOLLARS! provides a newsletter including magazine
writer's guidelines roughly twice a month.  Don't forget to browse
the free Guidelines Database to view writer's guidelines for nearly
800 magazines.  

Once you've found a promising job lead, use caution when responding
to online want ads.  Before you send out a resume or writing
sample, ask yourself these questions:    

-  Does the prospective employer provide an identity?  

Anyone can say that they are a professional editor or a publishing
house.  Do they have the credentials to prove it?  Does the e-mail
address provided come from a dot-com or a free provider?  Is the
employer anonymous?  Is a website listed so that you can assess the
professionalism of the company?  Be wary of sending your resume -
with all of your contact information - to nameless entities. 

-  Does the ad offer little or no pay with promises of future
revenue?   

Many websites will offer you the "opportunity" to have your work
published on their website.  Don't be lured into giving away your
writing for free.  If you choose to write for little to no pay,
make sure that the exposure will count.  If the organization is not
respected in the field or the website is shoddy, your clip won't
mean much.

-  Does the ad request writing samples that sound exactly like the
type of writing that the person needs?  

Be careful when sending writing samples that fulfill the needs of
the person listing the job.  For example, if you are told to send
in descriptions of umbrellas for someone looking to update their
online umbrella catalogue, don't be surprised if you never hear
back from them.  Yes, this may be a legitimate job opportunity. 
However, they might also take your writing samples and run, leaving
you with no pay and little recourse for action.     

-  Does the ad provide just enough information to tease?  

Some job boards will provide you with half an ad; if you want the
contact information for the job, you have to pay for it.  Before
you invest in a job listing service, however, make sure that it's
worth the money.  That same ad might be listed for free on another
job board.  

-  Is the ad still current?  

Blogging jobs often have short shelf lives; positions sometimes
fill within a day.  Before you spend time crafting a query or
drafting an article, check the job poster's website to make sure
that they still need writers.  If you found the writer's guidelines
in a database, make sure the website is live.  Don't bother with
submissions if the copyrights for the web pages are several years
out of date.  If you are unsure as to whether a website is still in
business, drop a short note to the editor.  

Compared to print venues, online writing jobs can be more
satisfying.  You are often paid quickly for your work and your
pieces are easily accessible.  But searching for online jobs can be
addictive, so be sure to set a time limit when surfing the web. 
Preserving your time to write should always be a top priority.  

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

Copyright (c) 2008 by Julie Bloss Kelsey

Julie Bloss Kelsey has three years of experience as a freelance
writer.  Her work has been published in several online venues
including Washington Parent, Natural Family Online,
Write-from-home.com, and Toddler Travel Guide.  She still hopes to
get paid by the umbrella catalogue company.  Drop her a line at
Mama Joules, her family-friendly science blog.


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THE WRITE SITES
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Backspace
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This site must be one of the best kept secrets on the web. It's
tagline is 'writers helping writers' and it runs articles offering
writing advice from published authors such as Lee Child, as well as
articles from publishing agents.  Go take a look and see what you
can learn.
http://www.bksp.org/

DevelopmentHell
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This is a fantastic resource for all screenwriters.
It carries screenwriting news and articles and offers two levels of
membership: free and a premium paid-for service.  Some of its
current contributing writers are Dave Trottier (author, The
Screenwriter's Bible), Linda Seger (author of Advanced
Screenwriting, and Making a Good Script Great) and Michelle
Wallerstein (Hollywood literary agent for over 20 years).
http://www.DevelopmentHell.net

BlackonWhite
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If you've ever had problems getting anything written, then this
site is worth a visit. A great site that's sole intention is to
enable writers to overcome whatever it is that's stopping them from
writing. http://www.blackonwhite.on.ca/
 
RightWriting.com
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A comprehensive site full of how-to articles covering most areas of
writing: including non-fiction books, children's books, fiction,
and grant proposals.  The site is run by W.Terry Whalin, a
freelancer with over twenty years' experience.  Sign up to receive
a free newsletter and a book full of tips on how to get published.
http://www.right-writing.com/

ContractsandAgreements.co.uk
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Comprehensive site aimed at helping people to understand legal
contracts and agreements.
http://www.contractsandagreements.co.uk/home.htm

Elite Skills
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If you want to have your work read, reviewed and rated then this is
the site for you. 
http://www.eliteskills.com/

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FEATURE:  From Beginning to End, A Fiction Format to Your Next Sale
 
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                                    By Shaunna Privratsky 
 
You have a stupendous idea for an exciting tale.  You think you
should describe your characters first, or set the stage so the
reader understands where the outstanding action is taking place...

Wrong!  Pull your reader in with a provocative scene, dazzling
dialogue, or a bewitching beginning.  Never save your best writing
for page seven.  Editors won't read that far if they have to plod
through twelve paragraphs about Bessie's flushed cheeks or how the
cottage on the moors looked forbidding.

Hook your reader with your first line, your first words, your first
scene.  Think of your first page as if you were a fisherman trying
to snag a fish.  You dangle the bait and hope the fish will bite
hard, no half-hearted nibbling.  Just like fishing, you want the
reader to be so hooked on your writing that they can't put it down.
   
The beginning is the most important part of your manuscript.  This
is especially true of fiction, but can also apply to creative
non-fiction, poetry, essays or articles.  A successful beginning
pulls the reader in and makes them a part of the action.  You can
throw in description or back-story later, after things have cooled
down a bit.

Use all of your skill and best writing in the first few pages of
your manuscript.  The more bewitching your beginning, the better
your story will continue to be.  Here are the first couple of
paragraphs of one of my early stories.

"The day dawned bright and hot, the perfect day for Chandra's
wedding.  She reflected on how lucky it was that it wasn't going to
rain then looked at the clock.  It was an hour later than she'd
planned on getting up.

'Oh no!' Chandra said when she saw the clock.  She rushed through a
shower and grabbed a piece of toast for breakfast.  She rushed out
the door with only five minutes to get to her hair appointment. 
She thought 'I don't want to be late for my own wedding!'"

This beginning would be more effective and intriguing if I cut the
first paragraph entirely and begin with the second.  It leaps right
into the problem-Chandra oversleeping on a busy, important day.  It
also gives an added bonus of saving the "aha" moment for the end of
the scene. 'Oh, this is her wedding day.' 

Your story should start with a powerful scene, whether it's
captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking or poignant.  Get the
reader curious by revealing just enough of the action or character
to titillate their interest.  

Another superior way to commence is dialogue.  The reader is
plunged right into the conversation and is drawn into the exchange.
 Dialogue can reveal a lot about the speakers through tone, action,
their words, thoughts and dialect.

Maybe setting is integral to your plot.  An alluring description
told in an interesting way leads the reader into your story and
sets the mood.  Nature in all her glory can charm, amaze, or
frighten the observer.  Imagine a horrific storm at sea.  Describe
the churning waves hitting the ship like thundering blows of a
giant's slap.  Show how the ship seems to shrink before the
towering ocean, the walloping waves falling upon the hapless ship. 
Let the reader feel the torrential rain and the inundating waves. 

Then bring out a landlubber, an inexperienced sailor completely out
of his element.  The main character doesn't show up until the
second or third paragraph, yet the reader knows the terrible peril
he's in, at the mercy of the ocean's fury.  

Look over your story.  Try crossing out paragraphs until you reach
the perfect "hook".  Save everything else for a calmer moment, when
the reader is content to be reeled in by the rest of your brilliant
prose.

Start with a beguiling beginning and you'll have readers and
editors hooked to the end.  Speaking of endings, I have a question
for you.  Are you one of those incorrigible souls who peek at the
final page or the ending of a story before settling in for a good
read?  Do you just have to know how it ends?  Then you know the
power of a compelling conclusion.
	
Why are endings so significant?  The story needs closure, whether
it is happily-ever-after or not.  It should make the reader think
back to the rest of the story and speculate on a deeper meaning.

Powerful beginnings will lead to a satisfying conclusion.  Refer
back to a word, phrase or image in the first few lines to bring the
reader full-circle.  Repeating or rephrasing a first line is a
tried-and-true method of savvy authors.  This works well even for
non-fiction articles, to emphasize the point you're making or
compel the reader to think.

By the end of your story, novel, essay, poem or article, the
conflict should reach finalization.  Here are some hypothetical
endings for various scenarios.  The heroine realizes her true love
is the overlooked boy next door.  A criminal is apprehended and the
falsely accused hero is set free.  A secret will is unearthed just
in time to save the penniless orphan from a fate worse than death.

Every conclusion must logically follow the preceding storyline. 
Yet all stellar endings should resonate with readers and editors
long after they turn the final page.  A successful conclusion will
move the reader in some powerful emotion, whether it is triumph,
happiness, sorrow, displeasure or surprise.  Many books that I love
to reread move me to tears at the ending; exactly what you should
strive for in your own writing.    

A poorly constructed ending leaves the reader confused and
disappointed.  A brilliant story will fall flat if the conclusion
leaves too many loose ends or cuts off too abruptly.  Simply
tacking "The End" onto your last paragraph or letting the action
peter out will kill your story faster than a same-day rejection
slip.

Reading and practice will help you develop an ear for satisfying
conclusions.  A fulfilling finale will cement your story in an
editor's mind and compel her to publish it.

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Copyright (c) 2008 by Shaunna Privratsky

Shaunna Privratsky is a fulltime author with over 400 published
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WRITING CONTESTS

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section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless otherwise
indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers.
 
CLAUDIA ANN SEAMAN POETRY AWARD
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DEADLINE: June 1, 2008
GENRE:  Poetry
OPEN TO: US High-school students grades 9 - 12. 
DETAILS:  1-2 poems, 10 pages max
PRIZE:  $500 and publication in Hanging Loose
URL:    http://tinyurl.com/6xbzdx 
EMAIL:   Contests"at"teenreads.com

HAROLD WITT AWARDS
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DEADLINE: June 1, 2008
GENRE: Poetry
DETAILS:  Blue Unicorn wants well-crafted poetry of all kinds, in
form or free verse, as well as translations. We shun the trite or
inane, the soft-centered, the contrived poem. Shorter poems have
more chance with us because of limited space. Submit 3 - 5 short
poems. 
PRIZE: $100 & publication in Blue Unicorn.
URL:  http://www.blueunicorn.org/ 

LANDFALL ESSAY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: June 12, 2008
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO:  citizens of New Zealand
DETAILS:  6000 words on any topic.
PRIZE: NZ$2,500 and publication in Landfall
URL:    http://tinyurl.com/55xy23
EMAIL:  university.press"at"otago.ac.nz 

L. RON HUBBARD'S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST
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DEADLINE: June 30, 2008
GENRE: Short Stories
OPEN TO: Authors with No Published Books: The Contest is open only
to those who have not had professionally published a novel or short
novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short
stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be
payment, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits for online
publication.
DETAILS:  17000 words maximum sci-fi, fantasy or  horror short
stories 
PRIZE:  $1000, 2nd Prize $750, 3rd Prize $500; winners and
finalists receive all-expense-paid trip to the award ceremony in
Seattle and tuition for week-long workshop with science fiction
professionals, plus publication in the award-winning anthology
series 'L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future'.   
URL:   http://www.writersofthefuture.com/index2.htm  

LIFE IN THE USA CONTEST
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DEADLINE: June 30, 2008
GENRE: nonfiction 
DETAILS: Articles that explain American life and society for
immigrants and young people. Suggested 500 word length, with wide
variety of themes. Multiple entries permitted. However, all
articles are treated as if they are being submitted for
publication, so it is vital that you contact the website first of
all to suggest an idea, giving your credentials if relevant. Do not
send in a completed article unless and until they express interest,
even if you already have one written. Surf the site first to check
what's been covered and then send an email to Elliot Essman at the
address below with your proposal. Once you have the go-ahead, you
can submit your work which will automatically be entered in the
contest. The contest will end when 100 essays from entrants have
been published online for judging or by the 30th June 2008 -
whichever is later. All articles must be original. They must be
written in the third person and strive to be as useful and
objective as possible, in line with a reference work. If they treat
a social issue where opinions differ, they must mention both points
of view.  
PRIZE:  $500 and five 2nd prizes of $100 
URL:    http://www.lifeintheusa.com/contest.htm
EMAIL: lifeintheusa"at"usa.net

FAVORITE GRANDPARENT MEMORY ESSAY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: July 1, 2008
GENRE:  Nonfiction
OPEN TO: Babyboomersn (male and female) 
DETAILS:  500 words to tell us your favorite grandparent memory.
Knock yourself out. Take us back. Who was there, what were you
doing, how old were you, why was the event so special? Also include
75 word max bio. 
PRIZE: $250 & publication in Grand magazine and at
www.boomerwomenspeak.com & membership of National Association of
Baby Boomer Women (if a man wins, he can give the membership to a
friend)
URL:   http://www.nabbw.com/display_news.php?nid=12 
EMAIL: contest"at"nabbw.com

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