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Three Cheers For The Patriot Act!

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Three Cheers For The Patriot Act!

by: Andrew Wroblewski

I’m as patriotic as the next person, maybe even more so if the next person is the cashier at my local convenience store which still doesn’t seem to employ REAL Americans; but I digress.
Anyway, the rules for being a patriotic American were always a little bit fuzzy prior to 9/11, so I thank God (can I still thank Him in America?), that our President and his Attorney General took the time to put it all down in writing.
What’s really amazing is that they were able to encapsulate everything that it actually means to be an American patriot, and get it all written down and passed by Congress, only 6 weeks after the World Trade Center was blown all to hell by some decidedly un-Patriotic non-Americans...

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Need a Book Coach, Ghost Writer, or Editor? Part 2

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Need a Book Coach, Ghost Writer, or Editor? Part 2

by: Judy Cullins

If you either want to write a book to help others create a better life and boost business or you already have your book nearly finished, you may need book coaching to answer all of your questions “What step to take next?”
Know Your Editing Choices

Line editing. Use this final professional edit after you have already revised your work three times. These three revisions include: excluding all redundancies, reworking all the words and sentences so they are your finest with few passive verb constructions (aim for 2-4%) and relatively short sentences. Finally, look at headings, paragraphs and transitions to make sure your message carries power through placement and is easy to read. These editors charge $50 an hour or more.
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Top 10 Tips to Complete a Creative Writing Project

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Top 10 Tips to Complete a Creative Writing Project Without Losing Your Creativity

by: Ginger Blanchette

Have you ever started a creative writing project with great excitement, only to have your interest dwindle as the process, itself, interfere with your creativity? How do you keep the momentum going and continue to enjoy the creative process? Follow these tips for high creativity, fun and success!
1. Create a writing environment that inspires you.
Create a place in your home or outdoors that calls you to write. Consider light, color, sound, scent, taste, writing materials.
2. Follow The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron.
I highly recommend this book. It keeps you focused, observant, playful, and creative – and it keeps you believing in yourself as a writer!
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Write a Better Technical Article in Half the Time

Writing

Write a Better Technical Article in Half the Time

by: Christine Taylor

Good technical articles are challenging to write. They’re time-consuming, demanding to research and hard to organize. But they’re valuable weapons in the PR and marketing arsenal, and you need them.
If you can outsource the article, great. That’s what writers like me are here for. But if you can’t – or don’t want to — then read and apply the tips below to save time and energy on research and writing, and come out with a much better product.
Get Ready
1. Review your resources – hard copy like books and articles, Web access, interview contact information.
2. Arrange for interviews if you need them, it always takes a while to track down the interviewees...

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Don’t Get Burned: Evaluating Script Writing Contes

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Don’t Get Burned: Evaluating Script Writing Contests

by: Lenore Wright

Hundreds of writing contests tempt screenwriters with the lure of prize money, instant film industry contacts and personal feedback from film professionals. But contests can be costly, screenwriters should choose intelligently.
Before you write that check, research and evaluate the contests that interest you. Narrow down your choices to the best contests for you personally and the best ones for your scripts. These guidelines might help:
TIPS FOR RESEARCHING CONTESTS
> Check out their website >
Nearly all contests have an online page with guidelines and other vital details. I know it’s tempting to salivate over the prize list and ignore the other features available on the site...

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