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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE EDITOR'S DESK: Seeing the Light, by Moira Allen
THE INQUIRING WRITER: Technology or Old-Fashioned Ways? 
by Dawn Copeman
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING 
FEATURE: Job Hunting Strategies for the Expat Freelance Writer, 
by Suchi Rudra
COLUMN: Free Stuff for Writers: On the Road, by Aline Lechaye
THE WRITE SITES -- Online Resources for Writers
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Seeing the Light
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I don't often use this space for "advocacy," but this month I'm
going to make an exception.  This month, I'm going to take a stand
for something that is of rather great importance for writers: Light.

Many of you are probably aware that a ban on incandescent light
bulbs is scheduled to go into effect in the U.S. in January 2012. 
This ban will make it illegal to sell 100-watt bulbs at that time;
the plan is to extend the ban to lower wattages over time.  What is
offered in place of such bulbs is a choice between halogen and
"compact fluorescent" bulbs. 

What does this have to do with writers?  Well, the next time you're
hunched over your keyboard, squinting at the screen as you compose
your epic novel, story, poem, memoir or whatever, think for a
moment... how important is it to you to be able to SEE that screen
clearly?  Poor lighting is the writer's bane.  It contributes to
eye strain and headaches -- and to loss of productivity.  

Poor lighting is also a reader's bane.  If we write, chances are,
we read -- probably quite a lot.  Good lighting makes that
possible.  It aids in everything a writer does.  It aids in
studying, in research, in composing our work and in reviewing it.

I have yet to hear someone say, "Gosh, I just love the fluorescent
lights at the office so much, I sure wish I could have something
like that at home!"  For many, the "flicker factor" of fluorescents
can even be a health problem.

I'm all for "going green."  I'm also in favor of having choices. 
Being required by law to spend more money on less effective
lighting is not, to my mind, a good choice.  There are many other
ways to encourage people (like writers) to make wise, "green"
decisions.  

Fortunately, a bill has been introduced to overturn the pending
light-bulb ban.  If you feel that the lightbulb ban is not in your
best interest as a writer (or in the best interest of your family,
or of the nation as a whole), you have a chance to let your Senator
and/or Congressman know about it.  The vote will take place
sometime in July - you can find out more, and send an e-mail to
your Senator and Congressman directly from this website:

http://freedomaction.org/index.php/take-action/?url=http://capwiz.com/freedomaction/issues/alert/?alertid=33961501

After all, shedding light on things is what we writers do, right?

-- Moira Allen, Editor

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The Inquiring Writer: Technology or Old-Fashioned Ways?

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By Dawn Copeman

Last month I wanted to know if there are still some writing tasks
that you prefer to do the old-fashioned manual, pen-and-paper way,
or if you have gone all techno-writer?  I wondered if you had tried
new technology and reverted back to old ways, or if you had you
found a technology that really boosts your creativity and
productivity. 

Only two of those who replied do things entirely using technology.
"I do most of my writing on the computer," wrote Vicki Kennedy.
"Paper and pen is fine for jotting down notes, but I've found that
when it comes time to transfer it to the computer, the story
changes so dramatically the pen and paper version was mostly a
waste of time.  It helps me to see a story in print, rather than
scribbled on paper."

Jerry Buerge sympathised with me and my shocking discovery that I
could no longer read my writing. He wrote: "I'm sure that most of
us would have the same experience. Particularly those who, like me,
tend to write pidgin shorthand of notes or ideas that I intend to
flesh out when the mood drives me to finish something.

"However, lately I have been trying something else. I've bought a
small voice recorder that I have been using to record notes and
complete thoughts, which I then use while sitting at my computer,
and there, transpose them into initial material for later editing
and polishing.

"While I do not claim to be a proficient writer, or even a good
one, I do believe this is helping me to improve, as I find that I
can generate clearer thoughts when my mind is not distracted with
striking the correct keyboard entries, or even the strokes of my
pen.

"Perhaps this is something you might care to experiment with and
see if this is helpful enough to consider suggesting that others
might like to try it too."

I will definitely give that a go, Jerry. Thank you. 

Quite a few of you, though, still prefer to do things the
old-fashioned way, such as Beth T. Irwin.  She wrote: "I am another
author who writes entirely by hand, using fountain pen and good
paper. I highly recommend Fountain Pen Network - check the
Penmanship forum as there are CDs on improving your hand, which
will speed and ease your writing as you forget about the tools you
are using and concentrate on the flow."  Thanks for the tip, Beth,
I will be sure to check them out. 

Bonnie Perfetti also loves "writing the old-fashioned way with pen
and paper, probably because that's what I grew up with and the only
techy thing I own is a computer and a very basic cell phone. 

"There's just something about sitting down with a fresh, clean
sheet of paper and a pen that writes so smoothly it glides across
the paper as your thoughts pour out. Yes, it's easier to 'erase' on
a computer, but I even like looking at my first drafts with
cross-outs and notes written all over it.  Call me old-fashioned -
I'm proud of it."

Jeannie Peace is another avid fan of pen and paper. She wrote:
"Having a husband who is a techno freak, I decided to give it a
try. I sat down in front of my computer and literally stared at the
empty blank page. Oh no, my mind is a blank, just like the page! I
finally had to close my eyes to shut out the glaring white page and
just write. It worked. After that eventful moment, I sat in my
comfortable chair with my pen and paper in hand and started
writing. What a relief!"

Some of you like the old-fashioned ways for more practical reasons,
like Paige Lohr. She emailed: "I can't type very fast. So when I
write, I use pen and paper. My pen goes faster than my typing. I
type after a few rewrites and I know how I want the story to go; it
still takes me two hours to type four pages!"

Most of you, however, prefer to take the best of both options, as
Eva Bell does.  She wrote: "I am old-fashioned and still use pen
and paper to do my writing, until I finish the final draft. Only
then do I key it into the computer. This makes me feel more in
control of my writing when I reconstruct sentences or substitute
words as I write. Besides, it is not so much of a strain on the
eyes or the back, as when glued for hours to the computer. And just
in case the computer conks out, I still have my hand-written draft
for ready reference."

In fact, several of you seem to use this system.  Sharnise Streaty
e-mailed to say how it makes her writing life easier.  She said
"I've tried to do the whole writing process on computer and I often
got stumped along the way. This would often lead to unfinished
projects. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I finally
figured out what my problem was. For some reason I can't remember,
I didn't have access to my computer. I had an idea that I wanted to
explore so I did the only thing I could do -- took a trip back to
elementary school days and rediscovered notebook paper. My problem
had actually been that on the computer when I tried to outline and
organize my stories, I ended up going straight into writing it.
Then once the story hit an inevitable wall I had nowhere to go. 

"Now, I outline, organize, and do a treatment in a notebook. I
think because writing long-hand is so tedious, it forces me to be
brief and to the point. I don't want to write pages of tangents,
dialogue, or details that have nothing to do with anything (hand
cramps are horrible!) It's straight-forward, task focused, and
messy. I love it. 

"Then when I sit at the computer my brain automatically switches to
'write story' mode. I love having a notebook next to me that I can
flip through for reminders and forgotten details. 

"Not only does it give my eyes a break from the screen, but when I
touch the paper, it's like I can feel the story beneath my fingers.
Thus, both the old and new ways work best for me overall."

Heather Hutcheson also uses both systems for her writing, but for
different reasons.  She wrote: "Depending upon what I want to
write, whether it is to get ideas out on paper, vent my thoughts
and feelings, or organize my thinking, I use good old-fashioned pen
and paper.  

"For more formal writing, rough drafts, and getting down business
ideas, I use my computer. Both ways work for me. The computer is
great for keeping the writing organized, while with pen and paper I
can feel what I have to say coming out of my hand."

"I write exclusively on my laptop," e-mailed Sandra Relford. "I
like the convenience of having the thesaurus/dictionary site open
and I find the composition flow is smoother for me."

She is not a complete technology fan though.  She continues: "I
keep pen and paper handy so that as I get ideas, no matter where I
am, I can jot them down and then transfer them to my tickler file
that I keep at the end of the project that I am working on in my
computer."

Perle Champion finds that combining the two methods makes for
easier editing. She wrote: "You have found out my secret about
writing long hand.  I love it, much prefer it to typing my
thoughts, and it does give you time to think. I've always written
first by hand; my favorite spiral pad goes with me everywhere. One
of the benefits I find is when I transcribe a piece (I label in the
margins: poem, essay, etc. as I write) I edit as I type, so it
amounts to a painless 2nd draft.

"The pad (spiral pad not Ipad) is so convenient.  The requirement
for all my purses is that they can comfortably hold my 5x8 pad.  I
write at coffee shop, at the happy hour bar, at lunch, early
morning at a shady table at the pepper place farmers market sipping
iced coffee and eavesdropping/people-watching."

James E. Porter Sr. has also found a way to make the most of
old-fashioned ways and new technology.  He wrote: "I cannot, not
WILL not, use plotting software.  If I want to move the gun further
down the river next to the dock, the clickety-click necessary to do
this can be taxing.

"On a sheet of legal-size, I draw an arrow and say, 'move it here.'
I scratch out the gun up-river, and I am done. Similarly, I would
rather plot or do my story lines on paper. I used to look for
special buys of old dot matrix paper so I could write and tear and
move around to my heart's content.  However, that paper has
disappeared around here.  And end-rolls at the local newspaper have
become kind of expensive.  So now I do all my storytelling on legal
size or Big Chief tablets, it is much easier for me. 

"Then, there is the question of retreating from one level of
technology to another level of technology.  Whether it is better to
lug a laptop around, risking third degree burns on my thighs or
scorching the picnic tabletops or starting a fire in coach at
35,000 feet but only risking all of that for only seven or so hours
or writing time, or to shift to a Neo (about a third of the price
of Mr. Gates' or Mr. Dell's finest) with about 700 hours of writing
time on three AA batteries, has become a point of reality check for
me. Because the question of whether or not I really want to write,
or whether I want to say that I'm going to write, but actually I
want to watch DVD's, is the real issue. So, to keep away from the
temptation to turn on 'Battle LA', (so I can hone my screenwriting
skills, naturally), I carry a Neo. I can use it anywhere.  Now, the
reality is, I do have to take along the laptop, so I can transfer
from the Neo to my Word files on the laptop.  But I can keep the
laptop in my luggage or at the house or motel."

That seems a sensible compromise between the two methods to me. I
also wanted to know, however, if any of you had reverted back to
old-fashioned ways after trying out technology, and Sue Fagalde
Lick has. She wrote: "I have reverted to my old file-card system of
keeping track of submissions. I still have a running list in a
spreadsheet on the computer so I can get the overall picture, but
the real information is in my file boxes. 

"I use different color cards for articles, essays, fiction, and
poetry. Yellow is for markets. I never found a digital tracker that
gave me the freedom to write whatever I wanted in the little
spaces. I hate having to turn on the computer to find out what
happened to a particular piece, and by writing each submission on
the market and article/essay/poem cards, I develop a complete list
of what has been where. Also, I can pull the cards out to remind me
to do something about that particular piece or market they refer
to. It's old-fashioned, but it works for me."
 
And speaking of markets, that leads me to this month's question.  I
have had several e-mails from people wanting to know about content
writing. They want to know if it is worth pursuing. Some sites say
writers can earn up to $300 a week doing SEO content writing and
naturally, many new writers want to know if this is too good to be
true.  Have you ever written for such SEO content sites?  What was
your experience?  Send me your emails with your replies with the
subject line "Inquiring Writer" to editorial@writing-world.com.

Until next time, 

Dawn  

Copyright 2011 Dawn Copeman

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Exclusive New Club for Writers
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FEATURE: Job Hunting Strategies for the Expat Freelance Writer
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by Suchi Rudra

So you've made the move abroad, you're still writing for some
clients back home, but you'd also like to dig into the local and
regional markets? Even if the local language remains a mystery to
you, there are still plenty of ways to earn a decent income from
local and regional freelance writing work in English. Having lived
and worked abroad in India, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Russia,
I've found that no matter where I set up camp, there are certain
strategies that I can follow to enhance my success in writing for
local and regional markets. And the best part about these
strategies? They can still apply even if you're not an expat!

1) Always keep an eye out for local English-language magazines,
newspapers and publishing houses. Anytime you are out and about,
pick up all the free brochures, flyers and complementary magazines
you can handle. Often, these are aimed toward tourists and
study-abroad students, so you will find more of these English
language publications to snatch up in the more happening and
touristy spots. However, some publications, like trade journals,
might only be found in banks, real estate agencies, travel agencies
and other similar institutions. And don't forget about airport
magazines and publications for expat organizations! I queried a
popular website for expats in Prague with some story ideas and am
now a frequent contributor. 

2) Collect business cards. Anytime you find yourself at a cafe,
restaurant, bar or boutique that appeals to you, ask for their
business card. Look around to see if you can contribute your
language skills to their advertising. If you're a stickler for
grammar, you'll probably notice that many places serving food often
need help with either proofreading or translation of their menu,
advertisements or website. Offer your assistance for a small fee or
for free as a trial period, and the manager will probably come
running back to you for more help if you do a good job. Some places
might even have a newsletter you can sign up for, so check to see
if it needs some English help. Don't forget to scope out their
website as well. 

3) Inflight magazines are a huge, well-paying market that is
constantly expanding with the growth of low-cost airlines. Each
time you fly, use your flight time to carefully read through the
magazine and get a good idea of the writing style and range of
topics. Look up their website and contact info, and send them a
query.

4) Contact local NGOs and nonprofits and find out if they might
want some help with their communications department. These
organizations are constantly looking for solid sponsors and need to
send out professional emails and informational packets in English.
You won't make a ton of money by working for a nonprofit, but you
will be contributing to a good cause, and may eventually land
yourself a staff position, if that's what you are looking for. In
Bombay, I was given a small but sufficient stipend to help a local
NGO in corresponding with their corporate sponsor relations via
e-mail and also to write up a few surveys that they were conducting.

5) Check out local university bulletin boards (put on a backpack
and you can slip right into any academic building with the
students). Some students will put up notices asking for help in
editing or proofreading their English language essays or research
papers. Conversely, you can post a notice with your number or
e-mail advertising your editing/proofreading/research guidance
abilities in English. I once responded to a bulletin board flier
from a Czech PhD student (at a university in Prague) who needed
help in editing and preparing the English translation of his
doctoral thesis - it turned to be a nice, long project, since the
thesis was rather complicated, and I ended up learning a good
amount of Czech too!

6) NETWORK! There's never an end to networking, but this can help
you especially when you are abroad and outside of familiar
territory. Keep an eye out for local writer's groups. Usually these
will be expat groups, but some of these expats may have been expats
for years and can teach you a thing or two about the town you now
call home. If you are a part of Rotary or Toastmasters or Kiwanis
or any such international organization, join the local chapter
right away! If you aren't already on it, join Facebook, LinkedIn
and even Twitter, and hook up with everyone you start to meet in
your new city. Also, keep your LinkedIn page up to date on your
whereabouts, and you might just hear from an editor searching for
the inside scoop on your city. You can also meet a plethora of new
and fascinating people from an infinity of backgrounds if you join
http://www.CouchSurfing.org or http://www.InterNations.org. And do
not forget your alma mater -- check out the alumni database online
to see if anyone from your university currently lives in or near
your new hometown. And, don't cringe, but you may as well browse
through your local Craigslist. You never know...

7) Take a walk. Stroll around your town like a detective and peer
into office buildings, write down business names and addresses,
take pictures of the signs. See if any of these places look like
they could use your native English skills in one way or another.
Likely candidates include translation agencies, marketing and PR
firms, advertising agencies, bookstores, tour guide companies,
hotels, or even an embassy or cultural center (better chance if you
know their language!). Basically, think about companies that need
to reach an English-speaking audience. Find their contact info and
send them a nice email with your CV.

8) Join a co-working group or space. Here you are bound to meet
other freelancers (writers and otherwise) who can give you the
lowdown on your town, who might have some leads for you, or even
have some work to load off on you. 

9) Look up any local publishing houses, like an independent small
press or an academic press. Contact the editors there to see if
they need any English language proofreading, editing, research or
other help.  

10) Always have your camera with you. Try to invest in a good one
that will produce high-res pictures. Take pictures often when you
are out and about, not just when the mood strikes you or when you
want to send mom a picture of the lasagna you made from her recipe.
Travel articles especially require engaging and high-res photos as
an accompaniment. The more photos you have to choose from, the
better your chance at getting the article accepted. There are even
publications that accept photo essays in addition to articles, or
you might even look into selling your photos at photography stock
websites, like http://www.shutterstock.com or 
http://www.istockphoto.com.

11) Make sure your resume is up to date and up to standard of the
country you are living in. Most places outside the US will call
your resume a CV; some require your head shot to go along with it.
Have one of your new friends go over your CV with you and make any
necessary changes.      

12) Advertise your freelance English language services all over
town: post flyers on those university bulletin boards, in
bookstores, at student cafes, at language centers, place ads in the
classified section of the local English language newspaper and/or
magazine and of course on any local expat community portals or
websites. See if you can get one of your new friends to translate
your ad into the local language and place it in local language
publications - some of your best clients might come from this
effort.  

13) Print up business cards, both in English and the local
language. Or, have one side of the card in English and one side in
the local language. Make sure you take a big handful with you when
you head out to network, or just always carry them on you (just
like your camera!) because you never know when an opportunity might
present itself. 

14) Try to contact local artists and musicians to see if they need
any help with bios, posters, flyers, CD booklets. In Prague, I met
musicians who were not native English speakers, but wanted their
music to enter into the English market. So they needed help
proofreading, editing and even writing their English lyrics. 

15) Persist! The longer you are living in your new city, the more
time you have to get acquainted with how things work. You will meet
all sorts of people who can lead you to other people and job
connections. If you can't get at least one local gig within the
first month or two, you aren't trying hard enough! 

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Suchi Rudra is a full time expat and freelance writer who has lived
here and there but prefers there. When not scribbling on Post-it
notes, she likes hanging out at airports, singing in smoky cafes
and learning languages through osmosis. Her writing can be found at
Transitions Abroad, EuropeUpClose.com, India Currents, The Writer,
Expats.cz, and other publications. Her first book, Kitaab, written
after a year-long stay in Bombay, was published last summer. She is
currently putting together her next book, a short story collection.
Contact her at suchiprague AT gmail DOT com.

Copyright 2011 Suchi Rudra

For more information on writing abroad visit: 
http://www.writing-world.com/international/index.shtml

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Free Stuff for Writers: On the Road  

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By Aline Lechaye

Summer is the perfect time for that road trip you've been planning
to take with your friends... or driving to that family get-together
you've been finding excuses to avoid all year. Either way, we're
sure you'll pick up writing inspirations along the way. With that
in mind, this month our freebies are all tools to help you while
on-the-go, whether you're writing, photographing, or songwriting. 

Taking a road trip or a vacation can be great fun, but you never
know when your laptop might fail on you. Back up your writing
projects and diaries using Dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com/), which
allows for up to 2GBs of free storage and automatically syncs all
your devices (computers and mobiles) so that you won't have to
worry about leaving your carefully typed schedule on the desktop of
your home computer. Alternatively, email yourself any writing after
each day's work, or upload them to your Google docs account
(http://docs.google.com). 

If you're looking for some great classic stories to keep your
passengers entertained on those long summer trips, remember that
Project Gutenberg has a gigantic collection of works by Dickens,
Hardy, the Bronte sisters, and so on. Volunteers work with LibraVox
to provide high quality audio versions of the books, which you can
download in various formats completely free of charge. Head over to
http://librivox.org/ or http://www.gutenberg.org/ for free audio
books and ebooks (Kindle versions available!). 

Don't want to carry your laptop around but still need some of the
documents on it? Install 'Documents To Go' on your phone, Palm
Pilot, or iPad. The free version allows you to view Word and Excel
documents (edit functions only come with the paid version,
unfortunately!) on your phone. Android, Symbian, Palm OS, Apple,
and Blackberry devices supported. Go to 
http://www.dataviz.com/products/documentstogo/index.html for more
details and to download. 

Edit your photos at Picnik (http://www.picnik.com) before sending
them to your friends and family. At Picnik, you can crop images,
change color tones, sharpen focus, and even click auto-edit to let
the program do all your work for you! Picnik is a web-based
application, so there's no need to install additional software. By
the way, you can Picnik to directly upload your finished photos to
Facebook and Flickr. 

If you find that traveling brings out the songwriter in you, you'll
find Go Chord (http://www.gochords.com) invaluable. This web-based
songwriting software has 1100 chords for you to choose from, and a
custom chord builder for nontraditional chords. There are currently
three instruments you can "play", and after you're done editing
your masterpiece, you can download a printer-friendly version of it
to share with your band members or friends. Sign up is free, and
you access your account through the free mobile app, which is
available for Android and Apple phones. 

Multiple writers traveling together? Use Writeboard (
http://writeboard.com/) to collaborate vacation plans and/or
writing ideas. Create a virtual whiteboard at the site and add as
many collaborators as needed. The Writeboard will automatically
update when new notes are added, and you can export all the content
into an .html or .txt file. Also, the site requires that you set a
password for your Writeboard, so you don't have to worry that your
top secret info will be compromised! 

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

Copyright 2011 Aline Lechaye

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