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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE EDITOR'S DESK: Is it January Again? by Moira Allen 
THE INQUIRING WRITER: Giving Something Back, by Dawn Copeman
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING 
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE: The Simple Art of Saying Thank You, by Patricia Ash  
COLUMN: Free Stuff for Writers - Write Now, by Aline Lechaye
THE WRITE SITES -- Online Resources for Writers
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Is It January Again?
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It seems like just yesterday that I was struggling to come up with
something relatively new or at least moderately coherent to say
about "New Year's Resolutions."  And now, here we are again.  2011.
 I'm not even used to writing "2010" on my checks...

I hope those 2010 resolutions went well.  I can't complain about my
own; while I haven't achieved all the "goals" that I set, I HAVE
lost weight, I HAVE joined a gym (and actually go to it regularly),
and I HAVE completed the first draft of my novel.  Not too shabby. 
The weight has a long way to go, and so does the novel, but -- it
feels a lot better to be "in progress" on both of those goals than
hoping, maybe, someday, I'll actually get started on them.

This year, I'm not going to talk about resolutions.  Instead, I'm
going to talk a bit about one of the things that often gets in the
way of achieving our resolutions: Timewasters.  Perhaps, now that I
think about it, this IS just another way of talking about
resolutions -- because one of my resolutions this year is to be a
bit sharper in SPOTTING timewasters, and a bit faster in
eliminating them.

It's the "spotting" that is half the battle.  What IS a timewaster?
 Obviously, it's different things for different people.  My sister,
visiting for Christmas, watches my "routine" and murmurs, not
without a touch of criticism, "Wow, you certainly spend a lot of
time reading.  I NEVER have any time to read."  I no longer waste
time trying to point out that I am a WRITER, and I consider reading
to be an essential part of developing my skills.  Or that, on an
even more fundamental level, I would never have BECOME a writer if
I had not been, first and foremost, a lover of books.  On the other
hand, my growing addiction to computer games isn't contributing a
thing to my writing ability -- and while it's fine in moderation, I
definitely have to watch out or it will indeed become a timewaster.

Sometimes, the people who are closest to us can be the most
dangerous consumers of our time.  Being "there" for family and
friends when they need us is important.  Being there whenever they
WANT us is sometimes less so.  For example, when a relative's car
was totalled by a driver who ran a red light, leaving her badly
shaken but, thankfully, uninjured, she needed a shoulder to cry on.
 In my book, that's NOT a timewaster.  When this turned into
near-daily reports on the latest hassles with the insurance
company, the car rental company, the cell phone company, and so on,
I realized it was time to turn on the answering machine...

Even work can be a timewaster, when it's the wrong work.  As
writers, we find it pretty difficult to pass up an assignment,
especially a paying opportunity.  But as many of us have learned,
it's those "can't resist" assignments that often keep pushing the
writing we really WANT to do farther and farther into the future. 
We keep telling ourselves we'll get to that novel, that collection
of poetry, that lifelong research project, "just as soon as" we
finish this one more task...

So how do you identify timewasters?  Here are some "tests" I plan
to apply to demands on my time in 2011:

1) Is it bringing me closer to my long-term goals, or pushing them
farther away?

2) Is it offering a short-term gain at the expense of longer-term
gains?

3) Is it important to me?

4) Is it important to someone else?  

5) Will it make my world, someone else's world, or the world in
general a better place?

6) Does it bring me joy, even if it doesn't meet any of the other
criteria above?

As Dawn's wonderful column points out, below, there are loads of
things worth doing as a writer.  And as Stuart Aken points out
within that column, time is our most valuable resource.  Using it
wisely -- and weeding out some of the things that prevent us from
using it wisely -- is probably the single most important step we
can take toward making those New Year's Resolutions come true!

-- Moira Allen, Editor

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THE INQUIRING WRITER: Giving Something Back 
By Dawn Copeman
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Last month Moira wanted to know how we as writers give something
back to our community.  From your responses it seems that the
readers of Writing World are a very generous bunch.  

Some of us do little things when we can to help other along, like
Leslie Korenko and Terrie Todd.  Leslie wrote: "I link suitable
websites to mine, even if I don't get a link back. I've also helped
several people with businesses write their personal profiles - it's
so hard to write about yourself."

Terrie was moved to write: "Moira's question intrigued me, because
years ago at a writer's conference, I was struck by the words of a
keynote speaker who told us 'the most significant writing you ever
do will not be the books and articles read by hundreds or even
thousands. It will be the short notes of genuine encouragement
given to those you know personally, who will tuck them away and
read them again and again.'  I have tried to remember this, and I
always keep a supply of blank note cards in my purse.  Each Sunday
in church, I look around and pick at least two people to whom I
will write a card of encouragement and appreciation.  It seems like
so little on my part, but it is amazing how meaningful these words
are to folks, especially in our digital age when the same words in
an email or text message would somehow just not feel the same."

The thing that most of you seem to give is your time which, as
Stuart Aken writes "happens to be my most precious resource."
Stuart, Suzanne, Sonya and Martha all give their time to help
others.  Stuart wrote:  "I give impromptu English writing lessons
to a Chinese and an Indonesian girl - totally informal but great
for spreading literacy.

"And I provide other writers with a space to promote their work.

"And I try to find books to review for readers, and websites of
interest to writers and readers. And I introduce topics of
controversy for discussion on my blog in the hope of raising
awareness and inciting people to think. This all costs me nothing
but time, which happens to be my most precious resource. But it's
what I do."

Another writer who gives of her time is Suzanne Shaw. She writes:
"I produce a little newsletter each week for our little writers'
group, with some helpful hints and links to your site.  I help the
elderly, hopeful writers to become more computer literate, transcribing their
documents sometimes, if it becomes too much for them.  The elderly
writers (which will be me in a few years!  Yipes!) are the most
challenging, yet the most talented, for they actually have something
to say.  They have lived! The youngsters are learning to write well,
so that when life craps on them - as life will - they will be ready
to write it down.  I tell them, 'Never waste a good depression! 
Get the tea and Kleenex ready; the paper, the pen, and just let 'er
rip!'  I don't waste joyful moments, either.  Down onto the page or
computer it goes!  Mostly, life is lived between these two
extremes, and less exciting."

Many of you give back by writing for nonprofits, as Sonya
Carmichael Jones does.  She wrote "I volunteer with Taproot
Foundation - an organization that awards marketing service grants
to nonprofits. Sometimes a project will call for a copywriter to
write website content or craft copy for an entire annual report. It
has been a rewarding experience in that I work alongside top-notch
photographers, graphic designers and other marketing talent. I also
walk away with a broader professional network and wonderful
portfolio pieces."

Martha Emrey helps nonprofits in a different way.  She writes: "To
'give back,' I write columns/stories for newspapers and magazines on
non-profits.  It's my 'volunteer' work, to help them get free
publicity to gain more visitors, volunteers, and donations.  Of
course, writing them is one thing; getting them published is quite
another."

Peggy Raposa gives back by helping others with her writing skills. 
She wrote: "I write my husband's business proposals for him. I
write silly poems to drive a home an idea or a more serious point
in the library system where I work. At the library the patrons
often ask for help in making a sentence or paragraph more correct.
I offer my advice and then try to find an example in a book or
online if I must resort to something beyond books. I started a
small writer's group so that writers can learn from one another and
share what they've got and get motivation to get into gear!"

Two writers who give back in a totally different way are Lisa Sonne
and her husband.  Lisa wrote: "My husband and I are writers and we
founded a nonprofit that offers Charity Checks, which are good for
ANY charity. They are gifts that let BOTH the giver and recipient
'Give back.'

"For over a decade now these 'Giving Certificates' have provided
meaningful gifts (stocking stuffers, tree ornaments and something
special to put in with a greeting card).

"When you order them online, you save shopping time, qualify for a
tax deduction and get unique presents that can help the future -
the recipients get to choose the charities! They get to fill in the
payee lines and give the funds directly to important causes they
choose. (There are over 1.5 million nonprofits now!)

"We do this around our paying work with help from others. Since
we don't charge a fee (and also oversee a Charitable Literacy
program for classrooms so kids can become givers and connect to
causes) we don't have advertising budgets.

"Charity Checks depends on Word of Mouth so if you know any writers
who want to add it to blogs, join our Facebook page/add it to their
Facebook page and broadcast it around (
http://www.facebook.com/CharityChecks?ref=ts), put it
in articles... It is a way to give back, and use your 'sphere of
influence' be an 'ambassador with words.'

"They may find, like we have, that there are people who will thank
them for pointing out the gift alternative (an antidote to holiday
commercialism) AND they could be helping many charities  benefit
and the holidays could have more heart. 

Imagine if even ten writers let people know about Charity Checks - 
how many charities could benefit. One reader could order company
checks with logos and give then to all their employees and
clients... Another could decide to give one to Aunt Bessie who
already has everything or start a new family tradition of giving
each other Charity Checks, and spending the time they were going to
shop - enjoying each other! 

" We know people who still don't get why we would want to work so
hard on something that gives money away instead of makes money -
but I think many writers would 'get it.'  It's a pleasure to see
more joy in the holidays and to see money do good."

I only wish, Lisa, that we'd run this column before Christmas;
still we all know about it now for next year!

Finally, on this topic, Sonia Bellhouse has some sage advice on the
benefits of giving. She wrote: "On the topic of how to give back to
your community, I think it depends what you feel comfortable with.

"As an aspiring writer I joined a writing group - ten years on I am
still with them and I could say that one action changed my life. In
that time, I was encouraged by the group to attend university and
get a degree, which I did. Later on, I met someone else at group,
who I thought would benefit from university and I encouraged her
university dreams. Now, she is midway through a creative writing
degree.

"I have had articles and stories published nationally and
internationally and I have also written a chapter of a nonfiction
book which was published. None of which I would have attempted
without the group.

"These days, I help run the group (on a voluntary basis) and also
try to pass on what I have learnt, through many rejections. I have
learned through doing and trying and listening and reading.
Personally, I think reading is one of a writer's most important
assets, so I also coordinate a book group (also voluntarily).

"While the members are not necessarily aspiring writers, their
comments as to what works, what is interesting , all feed into my
store house of writer memory. We have a real sense of community (in
an impersonal world, that's a bonus) and although initially
strangers, we have become friends through our love of books and
writing.

"Whatever you give, I feel you do get back in ways that are
meaningful to you."  

Before this month's question, I have some follow-up information on
last month's Inquiring Writer column regarding self-syndicating a
column from Jill Pertler.  Jill wrote: "I somehow missed Ramon's
question last month, so I apologize for not sending a note sooner.
I have been writing a newspaper column since 2002. I
self-syndicated it in 2008 and began marketing it to newspapers
outside my own small town. I am currently sending the column to 12
Midwest states and am published weekly in (somewhere around) 90
newspapers, with a total circulation of 200,000-plus.

"I wrote a book on the topic of syndication earlier this year. It's
 
titled, 'The-Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication.' It's  
filled with practical, hands-on information for completing the  
syndication process. (It's available online through Booklocker.com
as well as the normal online sites - Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.)

"Most resources I've found (many good ones) talk about the writing  
process. 'The Art of Column Writing' (Suzette Standring) and  
'Crafting the Personal Essay' (Dinty Moore) are two of my  
favorites. My book focuses on the nuts and bolts of the syndication
 
process itself, so I see it as filling a unique niche.

"Incidentally, when I first started out, I noted the lack of
resources on the subject. One of the best (that I found) was
Moira's article that is referenced in your answer to Ramon."

Now this month's question is from me.  At this time of year we are
urged to write our resolutions and plans for the year ahead but
what I'm interested in are things you've decided NOT to do this
year.  For example I will NOT be taking part in any novel writing
contests this year such as NaNoWriMo, but will instead focus on a
longer time goal of sensibly completing my novel.  I will NOT write
for any content sites this year but WILL research new markets. 
What are you NOT going to do this year, writing-wise, and why not?
And what, if anything, are you going to do instead?

E-mail your responses to editorial"at"writing-world.com with the
subject line "Inquiring Writer."

Until next time, 

Dawn 

Copyright (c) 2011 by Dawn Copeman  

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Future Looks Rocky for Borders
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The Borders bookstore chain has suspended payment to publishers
temporarily whilst it sorts out funding.  The company says it is
not suffering from liquidity problems but the past year has seen a
decline in sales and at least one publisher has stopped delivering
books to them.  Borders UK closed in 2009.
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Kindle Book Loans Arrive in the US
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If you own a Kindle Book Reader you can now lend your friends
copies of your Kindle ebooks.  Your friend doesn't even have to
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iphone.  You can only lend one book at a time and each book must be
read within 14 days.  Whilst your book is on loan you will be
unable to read it.  Only certain ebooks can be loaned and at the
moment the system only operates on Amazon.com.  For more on this
story visit: 
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Sales of Romance Ebooks Outstrips Printed Copies in UK
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Figures from Nielsen BookScan show that in the UK, sales of romance
ebooks have risen to 14% of all ebooks sold, compared with print
romance books, which make up just 2% of the market.  Some think
this is due to the more anonymous make up of the ebook reader, in
that no-one knows exactly what you're reading, whereas others think
that the increase is probably due to the fact you can download
these ebooks for 1.  For more on this story visit: 
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WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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UK Publisher Seeking Authors
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of their books are based on personal experience but all are
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Herb Companion Open to Submissions
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The Herb Companion is a bimonthly magazine that focuses on all
aspects of growing and using herbs.  Issues are planned six to
twelve months in advance and articles need to be with the magazine
four months before publication.  They accept brief queries by mail
or email and pay on publication.  For more information visit: 
http://www.herbcompanion.com/guidelines.aspx

Girl's Life Open to Submissions
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This US magazine is aimed at 11- to 15-year-olds and that is
something you really need to take into account when pitching your
story.  The magazine suggests you start by pitching a front of
magazine piece of 850 words for the GL Life or GL Guys sections.
These pay $350 and payment is on publication. They prefer short
email queries and have a lead time of four months.  For more
information check out their website and their 'how to pitch'
article too. http://www.girlslife.com/page/Writers-Guidelines.aspx

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Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time, by Joseph Bates, 
is the guide for you, with techniques, mini-lessons, exercises 
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FEATURE: The Simple Art of Saying Thank You 
By Patricia Ash
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Your mother was right.  When she forced you to write torturous
thank you letters to grandma, Uncle Bob, and everybody else who
ever gave you a present, she was beating a skill into your head
that's very useful in the world of grownups: The Thank-You Note.

Why?  A thank-you note leaves a great impression.  A contest win or
an invitation to a conference to read your work is a gift.  Treat
it as such.  Write a thank-you note for it, just like your mother
taught you.

People enjoy getting thank-you notes, and few people think to send
them.  The poet who pens a thank-you note after they carry home the
first prize stands out from the crowd.  The author who sends a card
to the store that hosted their signing will have a smoother time
booking another event.  A thank-you note shows that you care.  

My fantasy short story "Sidruthain and the Boy" won second place in
the Chistell Writing Contest, and when I received the check, I sent
out a thank-you note. Here is the e-mail I received in response:

"Hi Patricia,
 
I returned home from vacation today. What a joy to receive a 'thank
you' card from you for the Chistell writing contest!!  Patricia,
you are the very first person in 10 years to send a 'thank you'
card!  I appreciate what you did tremendously.  Your card is
sitting on my writing desk.
 
Thank you again!  Keep writing!"

Is that an incredible response or what?  The organizer of that
contest is going to remember me forever.  If I ever create
something that's just perfect for her publishing company, she will
be happy to look at it, because I am the writer whose note is on
her desk.  

I'd like to highlight the part of the e-mail where she says, "you
are the very first person in 10 years to send a "thank you" card!" 
Before I sent the card, I was one of ten second place winners. 
Twenty, actually, because the contest also has a poetry category. 
That's not very special.  After I sent the card, I was unique. 
Thank-you notes are rare, so you set yourself apart by sending them.

Have you ever noticed how many publishers run contests?  If you win
a contest and send a little thank-you note, won't that publisher be
glad to see your future submissions?  Or perhaps they will
recommend you to their publisher friends.  It's a small world, so
you will probably encounter these people again.

Now, do you have to send a thank-you card out for every rejection
letter you receive and every contest you lose?  No.  That would get
ridiculous and expensive.  It would clog the mailboxes of the very
agents and publishers you are trying to please, and they don't like
unnecessary mail.  However, if your work is a finalist or they
asked to see more of it before they said no, you might consider
sending a note.

A thank-you card can also open the door for further correspondence.
 If you meet someone at a conference or convention and you enjoy
talking to them or think they might be a valuable business
connection, send them a thank-you card!  You can e-mail it if you
don't have their mailing address, but physical mail doesn't get
caught in spam filters.  Everyone likes getting envelopes that
don't contain rejection letters.

Cute thank-you cards can be found wherever stationary is sold, and
even in some bizarre places you wouldn't think to look.  For
example, I've seen them in the UPS store, at Walmart, most grocery
stores, pharmacies, and, of course, specialty card stores.  Some
come in packs, and these are the most cost-effective.  When you see
a card you like, buy it.  Heck, buy a few of them.  You never know
when you'll need them.

There are about forty gazillion varieties of thank-you cards, so
express yourself!  You can even have different cards for different
occasions.  I have a stately black and white card for times when I
want to present myself as a serious poet.  I have a couple of
bright cards that are fun for play festivals and such.  The
thank-you card you send to the comedic poetry competition is
probably not the same design you would send to the contest for
stories of personal loss.  Or it might be.  It's up to you.

If you can't afford a bunch of fancy cards, write a letter on a
sheet of paper.  Since you're a writer, you probably have envelopes
and paper lying around. 

All you have to do is write between two and ten sentences about how
thankful you are for whatever opportunity the recipient has
presented to you.  The cards tend not to be very large, so there's
not a lot of room to get wordy unless your handwriting is tiny. 
Since you're a writer, this should be easy.  

If you get stuck on what to write, stick to the basics.  Say thank
you and specify what you are thankful for.  Say something like,
"Thank you for providing me the opportunity to enter [name of
contest here]."  Tell them it has been a pleasure working with or
interacting with them if it is even remotely true.  

Give the card a personal touch.  If you know the recipient's name,
use it and spell it correctly (just like a query letter).  If you
happen to know their favorite color is blue, write in blue pen. 
Specify why you are thankful.  Perhaps the contest inspired you, or
you were glad to discover the organization.  Maybe you learned
something valuable.  Let them know you appreciate them and look
forward to working with them in the future.

It takes just a few minutes and a stamp to leave an incredible
impression.  So why not?  Your mother will be proud.

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

Patricia Ash is an emerging writer of many things living in Dallas,
TX. Recently, her short story "Sidruthain and the Boy" was
published on http://infinite-monkeys-pub.com/.  Her poem "Spring
Comes Anyway" can be found at  
http://www.aquillrelle.com/runnersup.htm#finalistpoem37.  Last
year, her ten minute play Waiting Room won the L. W. Thomas Award
at Theatre Oxford.  When she's not writing, she is at a Renaissance
Faire.  For her further misadventures, visit her Twitter 
http://twitter.com/thejoyofpash or her blog at 
http://thejoyofpash.livejournal.com/.  She is also available on
Facebook and she thanks you for reading her article.

Copyright (c) 2011 by Patricia Ash

For more tips on how to handle the writing life check out our
section at: http://www.writing-world.com/life/index.shtml

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FREE STUFF FOR WRITERS:  Write Now

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By Aline Lechaye

2011. Another year, another set of New Year's Resolutions. 

Most writers make writing resolutions: I will write more this year.
I will finish that novel. I will raise the amount of income my
writing brings in. I will start working on that book I've always
wanted to write... and so on and so on. The problem is, we make the
same resolutions year after year, yet the novel remains unfinished,
and the dream book remains unwritten. 

Hopefully, however, you can make a real change this year. Read on
to find out which free resources you can use to make sure that,
this year at least, you can actually write more. 

Get Organized
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It's hard to concentrate on your writing while you're worrying
about schedule conflicts and trying to remember that really REALLY
important task that you have to do right away but somehow managed
to forget anyway. Try out Remember The Milk (
http://www.rememberthemilk.com), a site that lets you use lists or
tags to record your to-dos, whichever you're more comfortable with.
You'll get reminders on your phone, IM, and e-mail, so that no
matter where you are, you can be on top of your schedule. Load your
list onto a map to plan routes, or send your list to friends and
family so that you're all on the same page for projects and
get-togethers. Best of all, the site supports a large (and
impressive!) number of languages, so you can go as international as
you want. Sign up for a free account or use your Google account to
sign up.

Change Word Processors
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Writers are creative folk. Our thought processes are all over the
place. We can be working on a character and then suddenly have a
great idea for a totally unrelated segment of the story's plot. Or
we'll be working on chapter thirty four and suddenly wonder if we
mentioned Luke's missing dad in chapter one. 

Most word processors aren't very writer-friendly. (Most of the
time, they actually seem to be working against us rather than with
us.) If you feel like your word processor is the reason you've been
avoiding your writing, try these two free writing software:
yWriter5 and Jer's Novel Writer. 

yWriter5 is a word processing software that breaks your novel into
manageable scenes and chapters, which you can drag and drop as you
wish. Chapters are automatically renumbered as you move them back
and forth, so you don't have to worry about going back to manually
rename each file. You can view word counts and readability reports
for each chapter, and the program also keeps a log of your daily
productivity rate so you can check your progress. Download the
software, or read more details at 
http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html. 

Jer's Novel Writer works along much the same lines as yWriter5,
only it allows you to add margin notes so you can type down that
thought that's nagging at you and concentrate on the scene you're
working on. The software has a feature called an "automatic
outline," which makes it easy for you to locate a particular scene
or sentence (much better than opening file after file just to see
what color a character's eyes are!) The outline grows automatically
as you're writing the story -- hence the name automatic outline --
and you can modify it at any time by dragging outline elements
around. Also, Jer's Novel Writer has a database function that can
help you keep track of your characters, locations, names, and so
forth. Download the software at: 
http://jerssoftwarehut.com/jers-novel-writer/download-jers-novel-writer 

Extreme Writing...
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I just heard of this magnificent online writing tool called Write
Or Die (http://writeordie.com), which has a creative approach to
making you write. You enter a word count or a time limit into the
box and select a "consequence mode" (Gentle, Normal, and Kamikaze),
and then are sent to a blank textbox to type. If you stop typing
for more than a few seconds, the screen will turn red, your
computer will play a highly unpleasant sound, or your already
written words will be deleted, depending on which mode you've
chosen. Write Or Die does not have a save function, so before you
leave, make sure that you've copied and pasted your work over to
your computer. 

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Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who
resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye"at"gmail.com.

Copyright (c) 2011 by Aline Lechaye

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THE WRITE SITES
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Catnip4Writers.com
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I love the name of this site!  The site is a database of free
writing resources aimed mainly at science fiction and fantasy
writers but usable by all. It has a monthly updated 'what's new'
section featuring blogs and upcoming events, lists of contests,
free writing tools, essays on writing and a huge selection of
sites. 
http://www.catnip4writers.com/index.htm

RightsofWriters.com
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This is a blog by a lawyer and writer on all aspects of law
relating to writers covering such matters as fair use, public
domain, copyright and whether or not you can use famous people,
brands etc in your work.  If you've got a legal question, check out
this blog. 
http://www.rightsofwriters.com/

International Association of Conscious and Creative Writers
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This association has a paid-for-membership site which offers lots
of member benefits, but it is worthwhile signing up to their free
fortnightly newsletter to receive a run-down of writing and
publishing news plus helpful articles. If you sign up for the
newsletter you also receive a report on how to find your authentic
writing voice. 
http://www.iaccw.com/8/free-resources

THIS MONTH'S AWESOME BLOG:
Query Shark, by Janet Reid
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Wondering why your novel query has been rejected 22 times? A quick
scan through literary agent Janet Reid's marvelous "Query Shark"
blog will give you an idea of what works, what doesn't, and why --
and better yet, you can submit your own query for comments. (Brace
yourself, though; the comments are likely to be barbed!) Just be
sure you follow the instructions -- which, as Reid points out, is a
vital skill whether you're submitting to her or to an actual editor
or agent. Writers who can't follow instructions simply aren't going
to succeed (gee, I may have pointed that out myself a few times...)
http://www.queryshark.blogspot.com/

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