Three Writing Lessons From Baseball

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Three Writing Lessons From Baseball

Last Friday night I was fried—brain numb done. It had been a long week, and everything that needed to be done was done except for one thing: my next blog post. For five months, I’d stayed one week ahead on all of my post writing. Now I was behind and out of time and ideas.

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A Writing Career: Taking the Plunge

by Jack Martin, guest blogger

Sweat begins to bead on my forehead as I clamber up the ten-foot ladder. My feet feel the sting of the sun-heated metal even as I tremble with nervous anticipation at the quickly approaching plunge.

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Fiction Writing: Solidifying Your Plot with a Plot View

What’s this story about? Is anything happening? Why should I keep reading? Why should I care? These are four questions author and teacher James Scott Bell says must be answered as you write a novel, on every page and with every scene. Plot is the main way these queries are addressed.

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Fiction Writing: The High’s (and Higher’s) of Creating Character Bios

I admit it—I was thrillingly engrossed in the process. I spent hours revising them and countless more hours researching and ruminating on each one. In the end, I knew each one as well as I knew myself, perhaps even better. Creating characters was a high that had no lows.

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Fiction Writing: Two Keys to Help Your Novel Take Flight

So you want to write a novel—or revise and improve the story you’ve already begun? In the words of my most beloved fiction character, author Jack Higgins’ Sean Dillon, “Good man yourself.” Each page will be a joyous struggle as you get emotional and become thoughtful!

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Writing Fiction That’s True to its Word

We’ve all seen them—a movie car chase with tires squealing on a dirt road; a TV gunfight where shooters miss their target from point blank range; a fight where the opponent takes blows that should’ve knocked him out. It’s flawed fiction, and you can’t afford to put it in your novel.

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Three Fun, Not-So-Easy Steps to Ghostwriting Promotion

Being a ghostwriter—the invisible “ghost” behind someone else’s written content—can be an enjoyable and lucrative career choice. But to get started, you need to promote yourself. That can sound intimidating—until you realize there are likely more potential clients than you think.

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Discerning the Four Dangers of Ghostwriting

Anytime you’re doing something for someone else, you’re therefore doing less for yourself. It’s an unavoidable consequence and a trade-off that you have to take into account in all of your decisions—and it’s an especially important one if you’re considering being a ghostwriter.

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A Terrific Trio of Ghostwriting Options

Ghostwriting takes content clients give you and rewrites it into publishable copy that is in their words, reflects their voice, goes out under their name, and is copyrighted as their material. As the name suggests, you serve as the invisible “ghost” behind your clients’ content.

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Three Reasons Why Ghostwriting May Be For You

When many pursue writing as a profession, they do so because they want to see their byline—their name at the beginning of the article or on the cover of the book—as the author of the piece. But did you know you could be published more often, and make more money, as a ghostwriter?

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