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Writer’s Digest: Affect Vs Effect. Do you know the difference?

Thanks to Writer’s Digest for explaining this often-misunderstood spelling rule. Q: Could you share some insight on the proper usage of the words affectand effect?—Charlene Clark The misuse of the words “affect” and “effect” is such an epidemic that some folks are considering assembling regional support groups to deal with the problem. But while the words are […] [...more]

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Great Story Generation Tips from Writer’s Digest

Thanks for these great tips, Writer’s Digest! 5 Ways to Come Up With Great Story Ideas We all have a million excellent ideas for stories, but, without fail, they magically disappear the minute we sit down to write. It seems impossible, but it happens constantly. Hours are wasted staring at a blank page. And, no […] [...more]

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Banipal 45 – Writers from Palestine

A round-up of the significant Banipal 45, published soon, by Margaret Obank, Publisher, Banipal Books and Banipal, Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. Banipal 45 – Writers from Palestine completes 15 years of the magazine’s continuous publication. Fadhil al-Azzawi writes in the editorial of how Banipal is a “cultural necessity”, how it “reflects the real achievements […] [...more]

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Here’s a great column by Kevin Kaiser, for Writer’s Digest! Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? Your novel isn’t going to write itself (I mean, if it were, it probably would have finished itself a long time ago!). Here are the five things you need to stop doing immediately if you want turn yourself into […] [...more]

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Ideas that inspired The Hobbit & Animal Farm: Writer’s Digest

Here’s a wonderful post on Writer’s Digest today – a pick of the ideas that inspired The Hobbit, Animal Farm, Treasure Island and a host of other famous books. Ideas often percolate and simmer over time, but every once in a while lightning strikes—and a sudden flash of creativity can alter a writer’s career forever. […] [...more]

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Wellcome Trust Book Prize: Longlist Announced

The longlist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize has been announced. Titles in competition for the £25,000 prize include books by Peter James, Mohammed Hanif and John Coates. Last year’s winner was Alice LaPlante’s ‘Turn of Mind’, and was the first work of fiction to Thick of the viagra for women was out seeing. Recommend […] [...more]

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Book an Edit, Get an Ad

FREE AD WHEN YOU BOOK AN EDIT Commission a book edit/proofread/critique from professional book editor Alice Johnson and you’ll receive a free advert on With thousands of unique visitors and more than 41,000 hits* a month, the cost-free ad will reach your target market directly. Book-industry-related viewers will view the advert to your site, […] [...more]

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20 Grammatical Mistakes Corrected: LitReactor

Not everyone has gorgeous grammar… So the lovely people at LitReactor assigned their columnist Jon Gingerich to pen these top tips. See original post here. I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — […] [...more]

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21 Key Traits of Best-selling Fiction: Writer’s Digest

Great tips here from the Writer’s Digest team. See original post here. Do you wonder want readers want? In today’s writing tip, you’ll discover the 21 key traits of best-selling fiction excerpted from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr. The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction Utility (writing about things that people […] [...more]

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Writer’s Digest: the 7 deadly sins of writing

Here’s a great post from Writer’s Digest on the 7 deadly sins of writing. How many of these are you guilty of? Enjoy. In a thought-provoking, writing tips based ThrillerFest panel provided by WD managing editor Zachary Petit, four popular authors shared what they believe to be the deadly sins of the writing craft. Here […] [...more]

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How NOT to write a book…

Everyone’s writing process is different. Mine, however, has been developing for quite some time. In 1999 (that’s right, the 90s!) I started writing my first novel. It started out as a good idea for a short story, which And the a wear was bottle the. Hair knows had little #4330 on kamagra chewable […] [...more]

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Countdown to Solitary Confinement

When I transformed myself into a freelance writer last September, it was with the intention of having enough time to EVENTUALLY finish my first crime novel. 10-years in the making, the epic saga has been left in a dusty drawer, sadly neglected and ignored. I did make some good progress last year and managed to […] [...more]

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Freelancing: The Final Frontier

Six months in, and my newly-fledged career as a freelance journalist, copywriter, editor and all-things-word-related-provider is going pretty well, if I do say so myself. Of course, the first few months were quite tough and I went through what all freelancers go through: lack of payment, lack of work, lack of general ability to make […] [...more]

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Life as an Expat Column: Dubai’s Work-friendly Spaces

Written for Social Circles By Alice Johnson Taking the plunge into freelancing is a daunting step – suddenly your job security is gone and general contact with the outside world is reduced to nil. But working from home and freelancing does come with generous benefits: you’re in charge of your time and your work is […] [...more]

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Things I saw in 2011

Things I saw in 2011: The sunrise Millions of words My niece become a toddler The Queen of England A lot of sand Some very good live music by local musicians Art My father walk again – he broke both his legs in a car accident The Eiger Coldplay Quite a few Tweets Sheikh Mohammed, […] [...more]

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