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THE EDITOR'S DESK: Old School Tech for Today's Writers, 
by Dawn Copeman
CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION: Chatting about Chapters, 
by Victoria Grossack 
FEATURE: Old-School Tools For Today's Writers, by Tiffany Jansen 
FREE STUFF FOR WRITERS: The Smart Device Writer Kit (Part 1), 
by Aline Lechaye
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Old School Tech for Today's Writers
I'm probably going to show my age here, but do you remember when
all you needed to be a freelance writer was a typewriter or a word
processor, envelopes and, if you were high-tech, an e-mail account? 

I only ask because apparently, according to what you can see on the
internet and in writer's magazines, you couldn't possibly be a
writer today with such basic equipment.  To succeed in today's
competitive world, to be a better writer faster, you need
specialist writing software, writing apps for your smart phone and
tablet, and subscriptions to members-only guaranteed jobs sites and
calls for submission sites. 

But I ask myself, is any of this really necessary? 

Some new writers seem to think so.  A young woman approached me
recently and said she'd love to get into writing but couldn't
afford all the specialist writing software and apps she'd seen
advertised.  I told her you don't need all that to be a writer. 
The basics haven't changed.  Just because technology exists doesn't
mean it is the only or best way of doing something. 

Tiffany Jansen's article below shows us that you don't actually
need tech to be a writer, and that quite often, old school is not
only cheaper but also more reliable too. 

Now I'm not for one minute suggesting going back to the days of
posting query letters with SASEs and IRCs.  Email queries are one
of the small wonders of a modern writer's life that I, for one,
will forever be grateful for. 

Similarly, I love being able to research writer's guidelines
online, rather than send off for them.  I also find it much easier
to get a feel for potential new markets by visiting a website and
reading articles online rather than buying several copies of the
print magazine. 

But surely, there are still so many aspects of a writer's life that
could be done just as well, if not better, the 'old-fashioned' and,
dare I say it, cheaper way?  

For example, do we really need to use our phones to make notes, to
plan our writing?  Instead, might I suggest a cool old-school
alternative called The Notepad?  The Notepad is a flexible, highly
portable writing aid. It comes in a variety of sizes suitable for
most pockets and bags.  Ordered minds can opt for a lined variety 
to keep their thoughts and musings in order, whereas for more
creative, mind-mapping types, a plain paper option is available. 
The Notepad can be used with a choice of input devices - the pen or
the pencil.

The pen is for those who like to keep a definite note of their
thoughts, whereas the pencil is better suited to those who prefer
to self-correct as they write, as it is compatible with the word
remover known as the eraser. 

Likewise, do we really need apps to teach us how to write like
Hemmingway?  Or writing software to teach us how to structure
stories, create narrative arcs and create memorable characters? 
You could try the cheaper, old-tech way of doing it.  
Want to learn from the great writers at your convenience? Want a
master class in plot writing and word crafting?  You need a "book."
With a book you can study how any writer of your choice formed
sentences, created characters and wove plots.  A book is a portable
device that enables you to learn from the great writers whenever
and wherever you want. Simply read the words of the writer of your
choice and think about how they did what they did.  This amazing
knowledge transfer system can be used anywhere and is now even
available on tablets and smart phones. 

Finally, if you really want to improve your writing skills, forget
the super-duper Writer 3000 software and try this old-fashioned and
inexpensive tip: practice.  Write regularly. Write by hand or on
your computer.  Any blank surface will do.  Actually, the less
distractions the better, as you then have no option but to write. 

My young wannabe writer friend didn't sound too convinced by all
this old-tech, but I told her she had nothing to lose by trying it. 

Personally, I'm glad we have the internet and the advantages it
brings - grammar guides and exercises, calls for submissions,
access to experts and research via easy to use search engines, etc.
But I'm also glad I started writing when things were less high-tech
and so was my bank balance. 

-- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor

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By Victoria Grossack

Chapters in fiction have no hard-and-fast rules. In some novels,
each chapter consists of a single scene; in other novels, most
chapters contain several scenes. I have even read books in which a
single scene crosses more than one chapter. I have read novels with
short chapters, long chapters and even a few with no chapters at
all. Moreover, I have liked them, and many of these books are
successful, despite their differences.

Yet the varying approaches to chapters play important roles in
their books. So let's review some of the choices you can make when
designing chapters and the impact these choices may have on your

Why Have Chapters?
If, as I wrote before, dividing your novel into chapters is not
absolutely necessary in fiction -- although I strongly advise it,
unless you have good artistic reasons not to -- why do most writers
do it? Here are a couple of reasons why:

One practical definition of a novel is that it's a piece of fiction
that is too long to be consumed at one sitting. In other words, for
purely physical reasons, such as needing to eat and sleep and visit
the smallest room in the house, readers will have to put down your
novel. The end of a chapter signals a spot where readers can do
that -- simply because it's easy for them to find where they were
when they put the book down.

Now, as authors, we don't really want our readers putting our books
down, not at least without urgently wanting to pick them back up
again, so we may choose to write in a style that includes
cliffhangers. A chapter ending in a cliffhanger means that the
chapter is stopping in an exciting spot, such as Pauline hanging on
a cliff, not knowing if she will survive or fall. Nevertheless, we
need to recognize that readers will, despite our best
manipulations, occasionally have to close or turn off our books.
Therefore, to help the reader back into to the story, the beginning
of each chapter should set the scene if necessary, and remind
readers what's happening.

You will also find, as you're writing your novel, that some scenes
belong together in a chapter, and that, when you're finished with
them, it's time to move to the next chapter. Here are some

- TIME. Scenes may belong together if they're part of the same
block of time. James Michener, whose novels cover periods going
back sometimes as far as the time of the dinosaurs to today, uses
this technique. He chooses a few characters in an epoch and we
learn about that epoch through their eyes.

- CHARACTERS. Perhaps your story follows several different
characters who later get together. An example of this is Jean
Auel's "The Valley of the Horses," the second book in the popular
Clan of the Cave Bear series. In "The Valley of the Horses," Auel
alternates her chapters between the storylines of Ayla and Jondalar
and his brother Thonolan -- until Ayla and Jondalar finally meet.

- POINT OF VIEW. Another reason to have several scenes together in
a chapter is because they all have the same point of view. Another
chapter may cover the same events, but told from a different
character's perspective. Agatha Christie uses this technique when
different characters give their own versions of events surrounding
a murder.

- PLACE. Perhaps some scenes take place in New York, while others
occur in Los Angeles. It may be logical to have your chapters
organized by where the action is occurring.

- EPISODE IN THE STORY. Perhaps a chapter is devoted to a
character's childhood, while another is to his graduation or

- PLOT-DRIVEN. Sometimes scenes in a chapter deal with resolving
the problems that arose in the previous chapter. At the chapter's
end, those problems may be resolved -- either a real resolution or
a "solution" that leads to new, even more exciting difficulties. 

The list above is not exhaustive. Nor is it even mutually
exclusive; in other words, the types of organization above can
occasionally overlap, that is, you can use them simultaneously. I
am just trying to give some common examples of what writers do. How
you choose to organize your novel depends on and should make sense
for the story you're telling. 

However, let me emphasize that your chapters SHOULD have some
organizational structure and that YOU SHOULD KNOW what that
structure is. Occasionally you may read something you've written
and experience the vague, uncomfortable feeling that something is
wrong but you don't know what it is. One thing to check is how you
have structured your chapters, and if you are following that
structure. Many times, by fixing the structure underlying your
chapters, you will greatly improve your manuscript.

Odds and Ends
There are many other attributes to consider when creating chapters.
Here are a few of them.

The size of chapters makes a difference to the pacing of your book.
The shorter your chapters are, the quicker is the pace of your
story. If you use longer chapters, your story may slow down.
However, don't think that I am recommending short chapters, for
many other items influence the page-turning quality of your
fiction. Very short chapters can be so shallow that your readers
never really get into the story, and longer chapters can also allow
your readers to make deeper connections with your characters and
their needs. Note that the connection to your readers also depends
on your readers; they, too, will have different preferences with
respect to chapter length and you will not be able to please all of

Some authors aim to make their chapters about the same size. This
must have been common when writers, such as Antony Trollope and
Charles Dickens, produced installments that were serialized in
weekly periodicals. But that happens infrequently now, although we
may see a resurgence of serialization through e-books and blogs.

I like it when chapters are about the same size, because it helps
me pace myself when reading and I prefer a regular rhythm. However,
other elements to the story may be more important and so this is
one of the choices you need to make.

How should you mark your chapters? Should you use Arabic numerals
-- or Roman -- or write the numbers out as letters, e.g., "26" as
opposed to "Twenty-Six." Whatever you choose helps flavor your

My recommendation is that if you have many chapters -- for example,
78 -- that you should use Arabic numerals. If you have fewer
chapters -- for example, twenty -- then you can write out the
numbers as words. And as for using Roman numerals, such as Thirteen
= XIII, remember that people may have difficulty with Roman
numerals when the numbers get larger. So, if you have a lot of
chapters, instead of writing, "Chapter XLVIII," you should probably
write, "Chapter 48." Unless, of course, your novel is set in
ancient Rome!

Some writers give their chapters titles. These can provide a way to
siphon off your excess creativity -- in other words, to have some
fun! After all, your novel gets only one title and you may have the
urge to make more of them. 

With very short chapters, chapter titles may be absurd -- unless
you have also written a very short book and want to give each
chapter more weight. An example of this is the book, "Who Moved My
Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson (actually a management book only thinly
disguised as a novel -- and only 96 pages long, with a
more-than-customary proportion of white space). However, if your
chapters are long -- almost novellas -- giving them titles should
be no problem -- although again, they aren't necessary.

Occasionally authors include a verse or quotation at the beginning
of a chapter, to emphasize the theme of the upcoming chapter. Some
sources include Shakespeare, the Bible, Homer, or John Gray, Dale
Carnegie, Martin Luther King or Betty Friedan. 

Some authors will make up the piece that they include at the
beginning of a chapter. Frank Herbert did this in some of his
"Dune" novels, where he quoted from a book written by one of the
antagonists, allowing another perspective on the action that was to
Concluding Comments
As readers, we may not always pay attention to how authors organize
their chapters. I'd rather just turn pages and enjoy the story.
However, when I take the time to look, often there's a
well-defined, deliberately designed structure. 

If you're not sure that you grasp how chapters work, pick up a few
novels that you have read and enjoyed, and take another look to see
how the chapters in those books are organized. The more you
understand how the chapters in other novels are organized, the more
control you will have over your own chapters.


Victoria Grossack studied Creative Writing and English Literature
at Dartmouth College, and has published stories and articles in
publications such as Contingencies, Women's World and I Love Cats.
Victoria is co-author with Alice Underwood of the Tapestry of
Bronze series (Jocasta; Children of Tantalus; The Road to Thebes;
Arrow of Artemis; and Antigone & Creon), based on Greek myths and
set in the late Bronze Age. On her own she has written The Highbury
Murders, in which channeled the spirits and styles of Jane Austen
and Agatha Christie.  Her newest novel is Academic Assassination (A
Zofia Martin Mystery) - available now on Kindle and coming soon in
print.  Besides all this, Victoria is married with kids, and
(though American) spends much of her time in Europe. Her hobbies
include gardening, hiking, bird-watching and tutoring mathematics.
Visit her website at http://www.tapestryofbronze.com, or contact
her at tapestry (at) tapestryofbronze (dot) com 

Copyright 2014 Victoria Grossack. A version of this article
appeared at Fiction Fix.

This article may not be reprinted or posted without the written
permission of the author.

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Author Slams Creative Writing Courses
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Anne Rice Campaigns Against Bullying by Amazon
Anne Rice has signed a petition with a large number of other
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FEATURE: Old-School Tools For Today's Writers: 
Save time and earn more using these three near-extinct skills
By Tiffany Jansen 
As a freelance writer, you've no doubt been urged to start a blog,
learn to code, or become proficient in Wordpress. You've probably
heard that you need to be active on social media, invest in
high-tech gadgets, or download any one of the thousands of apps
that are supposed to make writing easier. Faster. More efficient.

Those are all great pieces of advice, to be sure. But in our
technology-obsessed, uber-connected, high-tech world, we have come
to overlook the skills that the freelancers of yesteryear swore by.
Skills like shorthand, touch typing, and transcription may seem
old-fashioned, but they can save writers a lot of time. And, as we
all know, time equals money.

Let's take a look at each tool and the powerful impact it can have
on your freelance writing career:

Shorthand is a method of writing that uses symbols instead of
letters to increase speed. Also known as stenography, it was a
staple of secretarial training. Using shorthand, it's possible to
record speech in real time.

When you hear the word 'shorthand,' it most likely brings to mind
images of plump secretaries with beehive hairdos and cat-eye
glasses scribbling furiously in their stenopads. However, before
the advent of recording devices, journalists got a lot of value
from shorthand too. Though it may seem a bit outdated, today's
freelancers also stand to benefit from adding shorthand to their
skill set.

Take freelance powerhouse Carol Tice, a six-figure earner and
author of the blog "Make A Living Writing." She learned early on
the value of taking shorthand.

Toward the beginning of her writing career, Carol got an assignment
to cover a local event. While there, she ran into an LA Times metro
section writer she greatly admired. The man had shown up with
nothing more than a small notepad. When asked why he didn't have a
recording device, he responded that he didn't have time to do

That's when Carol realized that the skill she'd picked up in her
previous job as a secretary was one she needed to capitalize on as
a freelance writer. She estimates that her ability to record
information quickly has cut her workload by half.

She also firmly believes that writers should never rely on
recording devices. "They can malfunction and then you'd have
nothing." Instead, Carol simply transfers her shorthand notes to
the piece she's writing.

With hours of practice dictating letters and meetings under her
belt, Carol is able to jot down responses word-for-word during an
interview. "Sources see me scribbling madly and often ask me if
that really says what they just said," Carol said in an email
interview. "[They] are always blown away when I can read back
exactly what they just said."

There are numerous shorthand approaches to choose from. The most
popular are Pitman, Gregg, and Teeline, with Teeline being the
newest. Shop around until you find a method that works best for
you. Or you can take a page from Carol's book: "I sort of developed
my own system mostly based on letter abbreviations, which I like to
call 'Fakehand.'"

Free training is available online or you can follow a paid course
via internet or at a local institution.

Touch Typing 
"The first thing I did when I decided that I wanted to write -
before I bought any books on writing or subscribed to any
newsletters, or even searched online for resources on freelancing -
was that I downloaded a free practice software, and learned how to
touch type," freelance journalist Mridu Khullar Relph wrote in a
November 2009 post on her blog.

Touch typing is a technique that focuses on the memorization of the
placement of the keys on the keyboard. It allows writers to keep
their focus on the screen by eliminating the need to look down at
the keyboard.

What can touch typing do for your freelance writing career?

"[An increase in] speed is the obvious one," Mridu says. "Hunting
and pecking would be such a huge timesuck, not only because touch
typing is instinctive and so much faster, but because editing is a
lot easier and faster." 

When Mridu began her career as a freelancer, assignments were few
and far between, so there was no real need for typing speed. But
she plugged away even so, figuring this down-time was the best time
to work on skills that would come in handy as she built her writing
business. Within a month, she was clocking in at around 80 words
per minute (wpm).

Since then, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, The
International Herald Tribune, The Independent, Global Post, and the
Christian Science Monitor, among others. Her typing speed has
increased to more than 100 wpm. 

"These seem like tiny things, but they add up over the course of
days, weeks, months, and years," she says.

Mridu taught herself to touch-type using free downloadable
software. Though the program she used is no longer available, there
are countless software, free courses, and games online that will
help you learn touch typing. Paid courses are also available both
online and off.

"You can figure out the keys and their placement within a week or
two, then it's all about putting in the practice and increasing
your speed," she says. "It was annoying initially," Mridu recalls
on her blog. "I could type faster looking at the keys than I could
touch typing... boy am I grateful for it now!" 

Let's say you've tried shorthand and it's just not working out for
you. Are you doomed to waste hour after hour going between the
rewind and play buttons on your recording device to get the content
from your interviews on paper?

Not if you build your transcription skills.

Like the other old-school skills covered here, this one takes some
time and practice, but is well worth it in the end in terms of the
time it will save you in the long run. 

While there are classes, courses, and programs available to help
you hone the skill, you can teach yourself by simply playing
speeches, videos, and conversations and typing what you hear. It
may be more time-consuming than shorthand, but as you become more
efficient at transcribing, you'll have more time to take on other
projects or to devote to other aspects of your freelance business.

The Renegade Writer's Linda Formichelli offers another option: find
someone else to transcribe your interviews for you.

"I figured that with the time I saved by not transcribing myself, I
could pitch and write enough articles to make up for the money I
was paying," says Linda, a freelance writer, author, teacher, and

When asked for a rough guess, Linda says that hiring a
transcriptionist saves her about 1-2 hours per article. "But for
me, it was more about saving my sanity than saving time," she adds.
To find a transcriptionist, Linda recommends asking other writers
for recommendations or approaching a local journalism school for
students who may be interested. 

No matter how you do it, be sure to proofread the resulting
transcript for any errors. Linda has spotted misspellings of health
and fitness terms in some of her transcribed interviews. "Once I
spotted an error that, if I had let it slip by, would have made me
look pretty bad to my editor," she cautions.

The only downside to hiring someone is, of course, cost. "If you're
only getting $100 per article, it may not be worth it for you,"
Linda says. "But if you're earning in the range of $500 per article
and up, it could be worth the money."

When you're putting together your freelance toolbox, by all means,
throw in your Evernote, your Scrivener, your Livescribe, and
whatever other gadgets you swear by. But don't forget these three
old school tools to help you become the fastest, most efficient
writer you can be.

Tiffany Jansen is an American freelance writer and translator in
the Netherlands. Her work has appeared in Wow Women On Writing,
Make A Living Writing, Funds For Writers, and The Renegade Writer.
Nab her free eguide, The Surefire, Can't Screw It Up, Completely
Kosher, Super Fun Trick That'll Make Your Competition Totally
Irrelevant... And Six Ways To Do It. 

Carol Tice & Make A Living Writing - 
Mridu Khullar Relph - http://www.mridukhullar.com/blog/
Linda Formichelli & The Renegade Writer - 

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FREE STUFF FOR WRITERS:   The Smart Device Writer Kit (Part 1)

By Aline Lechaye

The tools writers use for writing have come a long way. First it
was pens and pencils, then it was typewriters, and now we've moved
on to computers. 

Surprising as it may sound, your tablet or smartphone could also
potentially become a writing tool (or at least a digital writing
assistant) -- all you have to do is install some apps for writing
related tasks. 

There are those rare miraculous moments when you're in "the zone":
ideas are flowing freely and the words just seem to leap from your
subconscious straight onto your computer screen. And then, horror
of horrors, you try to think of that one word that you want, and
it's on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't seem to remember
it. When it comes to words, Dictionary.com has all the apps. There
are the Dictionary and Thesaurus apps, as well as fun apps like
Flashcards and Miss Spell's Class, which help you test your word
skills and learn new words. All apps run on iPhones, and a few also
run on Android phones and Blackberry phones. To view all of
Dictionary.com's apps, go to http://dictionary.reference.com/apps. 

Who knew that learning a new language could be free... and fun as
well? Duolingo is a collaborative learning project that helps you
learn a new language through translating information on the web.
How does that work? Depending on their language level, Duolingo
users are given easy to difficult sentences in a foreign language
to translate, with translation recommendations to fall back on if
they have any problems. Unfamiliar words are stored as flashcards
so that the user can come back and study them later on. Users can
also rate other users' translations, hereby ensuring the overall
translation quality of Duolingo. According to their website,
Duolingo provides a "college-quality education without the
pricetag," and has been "scientifically proven" to "trump
university-level language learning." Courses are available for
Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese, and the mobile
app runs on both iPhones and Android phones. To download the app or
learn more about Duolingo, go to http://www.duolingo.com/#mobile.

Jotting down ideas and inspirations is a big part of any writer's
life. You never know when the perfect plot point or article idea
will strike, so it's important to be prepared. It's also important
to be organized so that you'll be able to find your ideas once
you're ready to put them on paper. A Novel Idea, an app for
writers, made by a writer, is perfect for this purpose. You can
input a story's title, theme, setting, POV, premise, and plot on
the "Novel" page, and then link in scenes, characters, locations,
and story ideas. The app is easy to use (although the free version
is ad-supported), and I love the level of detail you can include
for scenes, characters, and locations. Currently, the app only runs
on Apple phones. (Note: there appears to be another app of the same
name that is a collaborative social media writing app, so when
downloading make sure you have the right app!) To learn more about
A Novel Idea, go to http://www.svachasoftware.com/. 


Copyright 2014 Aline Lechaye 

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

This article may not be reprinted without the written permission 
of the author. 


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Bot or Not
This is an intriguing site for poetry lovers, writers and readers
everywhere.  You are presented with a poem and have to decide if it
was written by a robot or a human.  It is harder than it looks.

The Editors Blog
This is a handy blog by author and freelance editor Beth Hill. 
Here you will find articles on genre and handy blog posts on all
aspects of fiction writing. 

Insecure Writers Support Group
I love the name of this site and also its purpose - a place for
insecure writers to release their fears to the world and get
support. As well as encouraging writers to support each other the
site also has an impressive selection of writing advice too.  

Resources for Teen and Pre-Teen Writers and Their Teachers
If you're a young writer looking for guidance, inspiration or
prompts, or if you're the parent or teacher looking for ways to
inspire and guide young writers, this blog by Heather Wright is a
great place to start.  It offers resources for teens and younger
writers (including prompts), market information, and tips on
teaching creative writing.


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