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                        CONTENTS

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The Editor's Desk
THE INQUIRING WRITER, by Dawn Copeman
FEATURE:  Using Footpower to Boost Your Brainpower:
How Walking Away Can Improve Your Writing, by Leigh Anne
Jasheway-Bryant
The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
BOOK REVIEWS, by Dawn Copeman
FEATURE: Do Werewolves Wear Shoes? by Shaunna Privratsky   
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                                  FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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The sap is rising
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In the UK, unlike in America, spring and summer are not easily
definable.  Last year, for example, we had the hottest weather of
the year in April and then never saw the sun again all year. 

This year, so far, we seem to be having a 'traditional' spring and
summer, trees are in blossom, flowers are growing and everything
seems full of life and hope, including people's faces as they look
forward to a nice summer.

Creatively speaking, this is perhaps, one of the most challenging
times of year as we get tempted to spend more time outside enjoying
the weather, rather than inside writing. Yet the changing season
can also fill us with new energy, hope and determination for our
writing. 

It is for this reason that I always take time in late spring/early
summer to review my writing goals and my writing plan. It can be
too easy to set goals in January and then just drift along. So if
you have made a plan, now is the time to actively review it and see
how well you are progressing.  It might be the case that you need
to fine-tune your plan to take into account any changes in your
situation since you defined your writing goals. Take a few hours
now to ensure your writing is going to plan. 

But because it can be hard to be inside in such (rare in the UK)
nice weather, in a change to our planned issue, I've called upon
Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant to show us how to get out in the fresh
air and still not neglect our creative side.

Until next time, 

                       -- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor

If you need help constructing a writing plan, visit:

Planning Your Writing Career, by Dawn Copeman
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Setting Effective Writing Goals, by Moira Allen
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THE INQUIRING WRITER
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								By Dawn Copeman

Last month I asked if you had any problems or questions that you
would like to put to our writing community, and Marion responded
with the following problem.  

"I have submitted a number of my novels to both literary agencies
and publishing houses and got back the same response...something I
am not sure I understand. The same comment has been laid at my
doorstep by all in regards to queries and cover letters
accompanying samples of my work. They tell me they can't accept my
book because they don't have a market for it. They further suggest
that I should more or less infer myself what market they should
place it in. I wonder why these people have a job. 

"I was under the mistaken impression, I guess, that they were the
ones trained to work in the publishing industry who have some idea
of what market it should be in. It used to be that a manuscript
would catch the attention of somebody who saw potential profits in
the future for a new and fresh approach not a cloned re-write of
someone' else's work that defines the market. What happened to
originality? 

"Personally I don't have the time or money to buy and read what
someone else has written in my genre...my genre is the same market
as their own. Why would I want to write like them? I am too focused
on writing like me. 

"Anyway am I misunderstanding what they meant or am I getting too
wound up about this? It gets pretty daunting when the same thing
keeps getting implied. What is a market for my book? Is it the
genre they are referring to or a reworked idea?"

What do you think?  Do you have any advice for Marion or have you
had similar responses? If so, what did you do?
Email your responses to me at editorial"at"writing-world.com with the
subject line Inquiring Writer. 

Dawn

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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BBC exposes security flaw on Facebook
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Many writers are on Facebook. It is a great site to network, to
join groups of other writers and to have fun.  However, the BBC has
discovered a serious security flaw hidden in those 'harmless' games
and applications that can be added to your Facebook page. They've
discovered how they can be used to gather not only your personal
details, but also those of every one of your friends listed on your
page. For more information visit: 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7376738.stm

E-Book Sales On Increase In Us
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Book sales are on the rise in America with Penguin confirming that
they sold more e-books in the first quarter of 2008 than in the
whole of 2007.  Simon & Schuster, who enjoyed e-book sales of $1
billion in 2007, is also expecting sales to increase by 40% this
year and has decided to release an additional 5000 titles in e-book
format. Many believe the popularity of the e-book is linked to the
new Kindle e-book reader by Amazon. For more information on this
story and to learn the history of the e-book, visit:
http://tinyurl.com/622exc

Spam is 30 years old
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Staying with the internet, spam email celebrated, if that is the
word, its 30th birthday on May 3rd.  The first spam message was
sent on the 3rd May 1978 to 400 people over the Arpanet - the
forerunner to the internet. Today, according to the FBI, 75% of
scams operate via spam and spammers earned over $239m (121m) from
these scams in 2007.  More worryingly is the fact that up to 85% of
all emails sent each day are spam. For more information on this
visit: 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7380788.stm

More Problems for Bloomsbury 
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Last month we reported how many authors are leaving Bloomsbury over
concerns that the publisher is not spending enough time promoting
their books.  Now the publisher has had to delay publication of a
major new biography of a mistress of Louis XIV when it was revealed
that the main source used by the author, Veronica Buckley, was in
fact a work of fiction. Buckley had based most of her work on
Madame de Maintenon on a diary she believed to have been written by
the Sun King. It turns out, however, that this diary was in fact a
work of fiction by a French historian that was published ten year's
ago. She is now re-writing the book and it is scheduled for
publication in July. For more information visit:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7373640.stm 

Faber And Faber Use Pod To Revive Lost Classics
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Faber and Faber have turned to print-on-demand (POD) technology to
bring lost but loved books back into print. The new imprint Faber
Finds, launched on June 2, specialises in classics that have, due
to the pressures of the modern publishing industry, gone out of
print. For more information on this novel approach by a major
publisher visit: http://tinyurl.com/5vqorj

007 gives Penguin their fastest selling book
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A new James Bond story, 'Devil May Care', written by Sebastian
Faulks has become Penguin's fasting selling hardback book. 44,093
copies were sold in the first four days after publication. Previous
best-sellers by Penguin, such as works by Tom Clancy, Nick Hornby
and Dick Francis sold 11,500 copies over the same period. For more
information visit: http://tinyurl.com/5fph5y

Newbie-Writers Makes Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
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Our sister site, http://www.newbie-writers.com has been listed in
Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites 2008.  See the rest of the sites
here: http://tinyurl.com/56hkjl
 
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FEATURE: Using Footpower to Boost Your Brainpower:
How Walking Away Can Improve Your Writing

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By Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant

How many times have you found yourself sitting at your desk in
front of a blank computer screen trying to will a creative thought
to leap from your vacant mind to your willing fingers and onto the
page? Don't just take writer's block sitting down - get up and do
something about it. Specifically, walk away.

Walking is not only great exercise; it boasts a number of benefits
to those who write for a living. The first is obvious: getting
outside your physical box (whether it's an office, a cubicle, a
laundry room, or the tool shed in the back yard) helps get you
outside your mental box.  The simple change of scenery can help
stimulate new thoughts you'd never have come up with when trying to
force yourself to be creative inside your box.
	
A second advantage, and it's major, is that walking is aerobic and
the definition of aerobic is "Occurring only in the presence of
oxygen." Your brain needs all the oxygen it can get in order for it
to function efficiently, but gravity has other ideas. When you
spend most of your day sitting down the majority of your blood and
your oxygen tend to pool in your backside, not in your brain.
Aerobic activity helps move the blood and oxygen to all your major
organs, including your brain and heart, both of which are vital to
good writing.

Not to mention that simply getting more exercise can be a big plus
for writers because the act of sitting hunched over a computer
keyboard or a typewriter (or a rock and a stick), can cause
significant physical problems. If you have back pain, shoulder
problems, or carpal tunnel syndrome, the more time you spend in an
upright position, the better. 

Last, but not least, when you walk away from your desk, you also
walk away from your phone, fax, and e-mail.  I recommend you not
take any of these with you, especially your fax machine. The sense
of freedom this gives you can be a big boost to your productivity.
While out walking, you aren't constantly interrupted by
distractions that add to your workload and detract from your
writing.

Okay, now that you're convinced that hitting the road may be just
the ticket to a better writing career, here are some tips to make
your trip a good one.

1.  Invest in a good pair of walking shoes and a lightweight,
digital, hand-held recorder. The latter is a lot less expensive
than it used to be and you can get one with individual file folder
capability that lets you store different ideas in different
folders. This makes it easier to organize your thoughts and
transcribe them when you get back. If you are, for example, working
on a magazine article, a screenplay, and your cat's memoir, you can
flip back and forth between the files on your recorder and keep
everything straight.

2.  Make sure that you transcribe your thoughts as soon as you get
home. Not only does the recorder capture the content of your ideas,
but also the level of energy and passion behind them. If you wait
too long, you may lose that.  

3.  Prepare before you go. Don't just lace up your shoes and do a
brain dump while you walk around the block - have a plan. Decide
beforehand the topics or projects you're going to work on while you
walk. This helps give you focus and keeps your writing on track. 

4.  If you have a dog or dogs you regularly walk, try to do that
separately. There's a tendency when walking dogs to get caught up
in what they're eating or digging up, and in interactions with
people who stop to comment on how cute they are. This can distract
you from your writing goals. Bonus: You get two walks a day.

5.  Don't combine your writing walk with other errands, such as
hiking to the grocery store for a few necessities. If you walk to
the store and on the way home have to lug a half gallon of milk and
a bag of kitty litter, the sheer difficulty of the journey back
will discourage you from going out again. 

6.  Vary your routes. Just as you don't want every paragraph you
write to end up at the same place, neither should your walks.
Different scenery brings with it different sounds, smells, sights
and thoughts. 

7.  Keep a spare pair of batteries in your pocket - It's very
discouraging thing to be carried away with ideas while walking,
only to see that "battery dead" light flashing. To me it's
tantamount to seeing a "creativity dead" light.

8.  If other ideas come your way during the walk that are not part
of your writing plan, things like groceries you need or chores that
have to be done when you get back, go ahead and purge those from
your brain to your recorder. You don't want nagging thoughts about
what needs to be done in your "real life" to get in the way of your
creative flow.

9.  Pick a pace that works best for your creative process.  For
some, walking slowly and methodically allows them to think things
through, while for others, too slow provides too much distraction.
"Oooh, look at the pretty flowers, I never noticed this house was
purple and lime. I wonder what smells so bad..."  On the other hand a
very rapid face can leave you out of breath and you'll sound more
like an obscene phone caller than a writer when you play back
what's on the recorder.

10.  Avoid heavily travelled areas. You may be unaware of the street
noise when you're walking and talking, but it can be a real
annoyance if you get home and can't hear yourself over the traffic.
Take this as a good reminder to always hold your recorder close to
your mouth so that you are louder than the ambient noise.

11.  Exercise appropriate levels of caution while exercising
outside.  Just because you're living in your head in the moment,
doesn't mean you're not also living in the real world. Don't walk
when the "Don't walk" light is flashing, be careful of bicycles on
bike paths, wear brightly colored clothing instead of your old gray
bathrobe, etc.

12.  If you live in a rainy climate like I do, don't let a few
showers stifle your creativity. Simply tuck your recorder in a
baggy and hit the road.

13.  Even of you can't squeeze in a walk every day, at least use it
as one of your tools when you're feeling uncreative and stifled. It
sure beats drinking or surfing the Internet to see how the latest
American Idol contestants are doing.

Go ahead, put on a pair of walking shoes and take your creativity
for a test drive. And instead of measuring your success with a
pedometer that measures the number or steps you take, use your
digital recorder to measure the number of words you wrote.
 
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 Copyright (c) 2008 by Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant

Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant is an award-winning humor writer,
speaker, stand-up comic, and comedy coach. She is the author of
thirteen books, including I'm Not Getting Older (I'm Getting Better
at Denial), Yoga for Your Funny Bone, Laugh Lines are Beautiful,
Bedtime Stories for Cats, Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Don't Get
Mad, Get Funny.  Her articles have been published in such major
magazines as Family Circle, DogFancy, Good Housekeeping, Reader's
Digest, and Better Homes & Gardens' Special Interest publicatons.
She is the host of Women Under the Influence of Laughter on KOPT
1600 AM (http://www.kopt.com). Her website is
http://www.accidentalcomic.com. And yes, she wrote this article
while walking.

For more information on boosting your creativity visit: 
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/creativity.shtml

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THE WRITE SITES
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Warning about Helium
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Before you consider writing for this site, do check out the
problems a contributor at Writing-World had.
http://tamilynnk.tripod.com/JustSayNO/

Rhymer.com
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A free online rhyming dictionary for poetry and song lyrics.
Specify end rhyme, beginning rhyme, double rhymes etc.
http://www.rhymer.com/

Technical Writing Online Textbook 
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If you've ever wanted to get into technical writing, this book will
teach you all you need to know. 
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What Makes a Good Short Story
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Intriguing site, which takes you through the short story 'A Jury of
Her Peers' and shows you how to explore the story elements and
structure.  A very useful guide to successful short story structure.
http://www.learner.org/interactives/literature/index.html

Daily Writing Tips Forum
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A free to join writing forum where you can post questions and swap
hints on grammar, punctuation, spellings, misused words, freelance
and fiction writing. Useful main site too. 
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/

Horror Writer's Association
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Articles on how to improve your horror writing by members of this
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BOOK REVIEWS:  Writer's Market UK 2009 and The 38 Most Common
Fiction Writing Mistakes (and how to avoid them) by Jack M Bickham.
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					By Dawn Copeman

There is a vast array of books aimed at the writer.  Market guides,
how-to books, workbooks, writing prompts.  It can be hard to decide
where to spend our hard-earned cash. So, I've decided to trial a
new feature whereby I'll review some of the books aimed at writers
and hopefully, help you to decide if this is a book you could use. 
I've started with a market guide and a how-to. I hope this helps. 

Writer's Market UK 2009                                 
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I was a bit apprehensive when I got my copy of Writer's Market UK
2009; could it measure up to the success of the first edition,
which in my opinion, was the best guide to writer's markets in the
UK and far more comprehensive than any of the other guides? I
needn't have worried, the new edition is even better than the last.
This book contains all a writer needs to know about the state of
publishing in the UK.  It has a complete listing of all the current
markets for writers and for many entries it also provides tips on
how to sell to that particular magazine.  Unlike many other guides,
it also provide in-depth listings for television companies, radio
stations and theatres as well as information on writing groups,
writing organisations, writing courses, competitions, literary
agents and writing grants.  It also provides an impressive list of
writing resources, both on and offline including information on
reference and specialist libraries.  The 26 articles at the front
of the book have been written by experts in their field and cover a
wide variety of topics of interest to both the novice and more
experienced writer including writing crime fiction, writing the
short story, poetry, children's fiction, writing for the web,
understanding contracts and an overview of the publishing process
for works of fiction and non-fiction. This book is my most-referred
to text and if you could only buy one writing book this year, then
this should be the one. 


"The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (And How to Avoid
Them)" by Jack M Bickham
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I must begin by saying that I'm not a confident fiction writer. I
try, and if you really want to, you can see some of my attempts in
the Team Short Story Section at the forum, but I'm still a complete
beginner in this area.  But as I want to finish my novel and get it
published, I decided I needed to get some help. 

This book is by far the best guide I've read for the novice fiction
writer.  Written by the author of over 75 published novels, who is
also a creative writing tutor, the advice in this book is both
relevant and comprehensive.  What's more it is the most easy to
read, 'how to write' books I have ever read. Each chapter, which
last no more than four pages, deals with a specific major error
committed by novice writers.  The errors are clearly marked and
Bickham gives easy to follow, practical advice on how to correct
them in your current work in progress or how to prevent them in
future.  It should be at the side of every fiction writer, whether
they are writing short stories or novels.  It should stay by your
side too; this is not a book to read once, but one to refer to
constantly, to ensure you are not falling into bad habits. 

I strongly recommend this book. 

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FEATURE:   Do Werewolves Wear Shoes?

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                                    By Shaunna Privratsky 
 
The horror genre is often described as gory, bloody and violent,
usually with a disparaging shake of the head.  Indeed, some writers
use meaningless violence or bloodshed as shock value.  This
approach is horrifying, but not in the way the author intended.  

True horror writing is more about atmosphere and emotion.  Just
like any other genre, horror authors must develop characters, plot
twists and dialogue for a successful story.  Yet he or she must go
a step further, into the murky areas of the unknown.

Fans of the horror story read for thrills and chills, but they want
a good story, too.  Remember that readers are willing to suspend
their belief and knowledge of the "real" world, but you must give
them a reason to read.  Start with a killer hook.  And no, I don't
mean that literally, although it could make a spine-tingling
story...

A spooky tale is dependent upon a hook intriguing enough to draw
the reader into your world, whether it is filled with ghosts,
goblins or things that slither and scream in the night.  You might
begin with a weird occurrence, or start out "normally" and
introduce the horror elements insidiously, like a wisp of warning
smoke that builds to a blaze.

Setting can add tremendously to the horror story in the hands of a
skilled scribe.  A few lines of well-placed description should send
shivers up the spines of your readers.  Remember not to overdo it,
though.  Anything that stops the flow of the story loses points
with editors and more importantly, your readers.  No matter how
entertaining, a story can't thrive on description and setting
alone.  Pick vivid details by using all of the senses and choosing
the most pertinent.  
 
Your characters might be ghosts, witches, werewolves or vampires. 
Despite your character's otherworldly attributes or powers, you
must still make the reader identify with the players in your story.
 Give them human emotions or characteristics.  They don't have to
be likable to be popular, however.  Anne Rice's ever-successful
hero, the Vampire Lestat, seems to be an egotistical jerk, yet I
still buy all of Anne's books and read them voraciously.

There are plenty of ways to instill charisma into your subject. 
Give them names, appearances, mannerisms, vocabulary, emotions and
actions that make them distinctive to the reader.  The choice of
names can send an unconscious message or meaning.  "Bambi" brings
to mind an expendable victim; while "Barbara" gives the impression
that this girl might be smart enough to survive.  You probably
wouldn't choose "Agatha Krunk" as the name of your lovely young
heroine.  Yet it would make the perfect handle for your vicious
villainess.  
	
Try not to assign similar sounding names to characters.  For
example "Edward" and "Eddie" may be confused or "Marie" and "Mary",
especially if they are similar in appearance.  Anything that
puzzles the reader or makes an editor scratch her head detracts
from your story.   

Your character's description is as important as their name.  Never
go overboard; less is more, as the saying goes.  Give telling
details but don't dwell on them overlong.  Use description to evoke
a sense of the broader culture or background.  Avoid the use of
mirrors as if you were a revenant fearful of being trapped in its
depths.

If you want your characters to "breathe", give them real emotions,
even if they're not exactly acceptable.  Let them screw up or think
an unkind thought about how fat Uncle Randolph is getting since he
retired.  The reader needs to empathize with the subjects.

Believe it or not, your main character should have the least
description.  Why? Because you want the reader to imagine
themselves in the same situation, even if they are a different
nationality, have different hair or eye colors, or even if they are
the opposite sex.  Constantly stressing the hero's blue eyes,
blonde hair and bulging muscles reminds a raven-haired female that
she doesn't fit into the story.

The best characters are those that linger in our memories like old
friends long after we've turned the last page.  By using some or
all of these techniques, you can create a charming cast of
characters with charisma, no matter if they are ghosts, vampires or
shape shifters.  

Speaking of unearthly characters, do werewolves wear shoes?  Only
you can decide as you craft a horror tale in your world and with
your rules.  Yet you must make it believable.  You don't want to
travel so far outside the range of human experience that your
audience stops reading in disbelief.  On the other hand, you must
stretch the mundane and add a fantastical twist to your horror
tale.  

Just because your story deals with the paranormal, don't skimp on
the details.  A publishable horror tale has all the elements of
exemplary fiction.  In addition to setting, description and
characters, you need a situation or plot as well as conflict and
resolution.  Stringing together a few spooky scenes or an axe
murder or two does not constitute a publishable tale.       

To be successful in the horror genre, you have to read in that
genre.  Otherwise you won't know what's already been done to death
and your submissions will get rejected.  Don't write in an
unfamiliar genre just to get an "easy sale."    

You have to enjoy immersing yourself in dream worlds and let
yourself believe, if only for a little while, in witches, trolls,
ghoulies and that nameless, dreaded thing that appears over and
over in half-forgotten nightmares.  Once you discover the
underlying structure of well-crafted horror writing, you will be
able to write stories guaranteed to scare the socks off the next
editor who reads it.   

So, do werewolves wear shoes?  Of course!  When they are in human
form, werewolves look just like you or me.  Well, perhaps a bit
hairier, especially as the moon nears its fullest phase.  

The next time you have a vivid nightmare or become inspired by
something that only comes out at night, write it down and you'll be
well on your way to scaring up a sale.  Happy haunting!  

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Copyright (c) 2008 by Shaunna Privratsky

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COMING UP in THE NEXT ISSUE OF WRITING-WORLD...
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Nonfiction
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Sean McLachlan will definitely teach us how to read our piles of
'how to write' books.

Fiction 
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Shaunna Privratsky is back again, this time looking at how to craft
compelling fiction 

Plus your answers to the Inquiring Writer and in my quest to become
a better fiction writer I will review the "You Can Write a Novel
Kit" by James V. Smith Jr.

Your next issue will appear in your inboxes on July 3rd.

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RECOMMENDED WRITING CLASSES
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TheFictionWritersJourney.com is the website of writing coach and
novelist, Emily Hanlon. Emily demystifies the writing process with
her two pronged approach of teaching technique and unleashing
creativity. She offers coaching, workshops, and TeleSeminars and is
holding a weekend retreat in Litchfield, CT May 2-4. Emily also
offers two Mentoring Programs: Creativity as A Wellspring of Life
and Writing Your Story, Creating a Tapestry of Your Life: Memoir
Writing as a Healing Journey. If you are looking for help on
writing technique or unleashing your creativity, explore these
TeleSeminars from Emily Hanlon, now 50% off.
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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.
BRITISH & SLOVAK WRITING COMPETITION
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DEADLINE: June 30, 2008
GENRE:  Short Stories and Nonfiction
DETAILS:  Original writing relating to (a) the links between
Britain and the Czech and Slovak Republics, or (b) describing
society in transition in the Republics since the Velvet Revolution
in 1989.  Entries should be in English and of 1,500 to 2,000 words.
PRIZE: 1st prize 300; 2nd prize 100.  Winning entries published
in the British Czech & Slovak Review.
URL:   http://www.bcsa.co.uk
EMAIL:  prize"at"bcsa.co.uk

HILLERMAN MYSTERY COMPETITION
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DEADLINE: July 1, 2008
GENRE: Books
OPEN TO: Authors with No Published Books: The Competition is open
to any professional or non-professional writer, regardless of
nationality, who has never been the author of a published mystery,
and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a
mystery.
DETAILS: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart
of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the
details of the crime. The story's primary setting is the
Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following
states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and
Utah. Minimum 220 pages/60,000 words
PRIZE: $10,000 advance against royalties
URL:  http://tinyurl.com/6gxkdp
EMAIL: wordharvest"at"wordharvest.com

RICHARD J MARGOLIS AWARD
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DEADLINE: July 1, 2008
GENRE: Nonfiction
DETAILS:  Submit at least 2 articles, total 30 pages max
PRIZE: $5000 stipendium and Month-long residency at the Blue
Mountain Center, a writers' and artists' colony in the Adirondacks
in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.
URL:     http://www.margolis.com/award/ 
EMAIL:   harry"at"margolis.com  

THIN THREADS STORY COLLECTION CONTEST
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DEADLINE: July 1, 2008
GENRE: Nonfiction
DETAILS: True stories of 1200 words or less. Topics will include:
Thin Threads(TM) of: Survival, Romance, Opportunity, Sport Success,
Courage,  Leadership & Innovation, Forgiveness, Motherhood,
Fatherhood, Patriotism, Business Success and any other story that
offers hope from a Thin Thread(TM) moment.  
PRIZE:  $100 and publication
URL:     http://tinyurl.com/6ndpxd
EMAIL:  Thinthreads"at"kiwipublishing.com.

TELL TALE PRESS WRITING CONTEST
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DEADLINE: July 10, 2008
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS:   2000 words max short story completing one of the
openings on the website. Or a story about any of the Tell Tale
Press characters or places. 
PRIZE:  $200 in US savings bonds or $100 cash prize for non-US
citizens
URL:   http://www.telltalepress.net/contest/index.html 
EMAIL: info"at"telltalepress.net  

GLIMMER TRAIN STANDARD SHORT STORY
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DEADLINE: July 31, 2008
GENRE:  Short Stories
DETAILS:  12,000 words max. No minimum word count, but rare for
pieces of less than 500 words to read as a story.  Max 3
submissions per author. Online submissions preferred.
PRIZE:  $700, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies
of that issue.
URL:    http://glimmertrain.com/test.html

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