In Ten Seconds The Bomb Will Go Off And Destroy The City (Tension And Conflict)

Written by Jeff Colburn

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Giving deadlines, like withrepparttar bomb timer above, can create tension. A deadline for a project, something that must be done beforerepparttar 129740 eclipse is over,repparttar 129741 floodwaters are rising, a tsunami is approaching and so on. Tension can also be created when nothing is happening. Remember how you felt watchingrepparttar 129742 news during a hostage situation, or waiting to see if anyone survivedrepparttar 129743 crash of an airliner? Tension can also be created with fast action, when disaster can happen at any moment. People love this. Why do you think people are riveted to their television whenrepparttar 129744 news is showing a live high-speed chase? Ask yourself, what isrepparttar 129745 worst thing that can happen, and then write it. The choices for creating tension are endless.

When used properly conflict and tension make a story interesting, and moverepparttar 129746 story line along at a fast pace, which keepsrepparttar 129747 reader mesmerized. So hurry up, write something now, time is running out.

Jeff Colburn is a freelance business writer, and can be reached at his site, The Creative Cauldron ( or

Don't Worry, Be Happy, AND WRITE!

Written by Jeff Colburn

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Q: What is a publications response time? A: You can find this in each publication's, or publisher's, guidelines. I usually add a month before sending them a follow-up letter.

Q: What should I have in a follow-up letter? A: Keep it simple. I just say this, "On (date) I sent a (manuscript or article) to you titled (title). Would you please update me as torepparttar status of my (manuscript or article)? Thank you for your time. Sincerely, (your name)

Q: How do I simultaneously submit a story? A: If you are sending a manuscript to more than one publisher at a time, simply write a cover letter as normal, but towardrepparttar 129737 bottom include, "Be advised that this proposal (or article) is being reviewed by other publishers (or publications).

Q: What is standard manuscript format? A: First, be sure to read each publication's guidelines. Proofreadrepparttar 129738 entire manuscript, and be sure to use spell check. Onrepparttar 129739 first page inrepparttar 129740 top left corner put your name, address, phone number and social security number. Onrepparttar 129741 top right corner putrepparttar 129742 word count. Onrepparttar 129743 following pages put your last name, manuscript title and page number inrepparttar 129744 top right corner. Print your manuscript on white, 20 pound, 8 1/2 x 11 paper and do not use a dot matrix printer. Use only one side ofrepparttar 129745 paper and have a 1 1/2 inch margin on all sides. Double-spacerepparttar 129746 entire manuscript. When done, make a copy ofrepparttar 129747 manuscript, and send outrepparttar 129748 copy. Keeprepparttar 129749 original for yourself. And ALWAYS include a SASE.

Q: How do I write a cover letter? A: Keep it simple. A cover letter simply says, "Hi. Here's my story. Here's where I've been published (if you have been). Thanks." My cover letters follow this format:

My name and address


Their name and address

Dear Mr. X,

"One Per Customer" isrepparttar 129750 story of a futuristic murder mystery, where we findrepparttar 129751 murderer is ourselves, in a very abstract way.

My writing has appeared in numerous publications, including: "Aphelion," "Twilight Times," "My Sister's Secret Place," "Erotic Fiction by Rose," "EWG Presents," "Planet Magazine," "Hadrosaur Tales," "Realm Of The Vampire," "Realm Of Darkness," "Cutter Magazine," "Newsbits Weekly," "Forty-Niner Newspaper," "Western Photographer Magazine," "National Management Association Bulletin" and "Art Direction and Design of Orange County Newsletter."

I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Jeff Colburn

Jeff Colburn is a freelance business writer. He can be reached at his site, The Creative Cauldron (, or at

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