Learning How To Write

Written by Michael LaRocca


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We don't always takerepparttar time to say, "I've written ten active sentences in a row so maybe I'll whip in a passive one now" or "I need a beat for every X lines of dialogue." I published four novels and edited dozens more before I learned what a beat was. (It's a pause sorepparttar 147465 reader can catch his/her breath.)

And, of course, since it is writing and not speaking, we can always go back and revise later. Then rely on editors to catch what we missed, or at least make us wonder why we wrote it this way instead of that way.

Some authors aren't even consciously aware of "the rules." They've never taken a class, never read a book about writing. They're simply avid readers who one day decided to write. But they've internalizedrepparttar 147466 rules as well. It comes from reading.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you want to write, you must read. If you don't like reading, maybe writing isn't for you. It's not about writing because you want to say, "I am a writer." It's about writing because you enjoy writing.

And, it's really nice when you've been writing for a long time to go back and read a book about how to write. You might find one or two things to tweak in your technique, as opposed to a daunting laundry list of flaws. It's much easier to internalize one or two new rules than 50 or 100!

Michael LaRocca's website at http://www.chinarice.org was chosen by WRITER'S DIGEST as one of The 101 Best Websites For Writers in 2001 and 2002. His response was to throw it out and start over again because he's insane. He teaches English at a university in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, and publishes the free weekly newsletter WHO MOVED MY RICE?


How to cash in on the huge online demand for writers

Written by Christopher Kyalo


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But even writers who are prepared to make their money fromrepparttar volumes required online to make good money, are having problems securing writting assignments. This should not berepparttar 147072 case. All you need to do is set up a system for attracting clients who will gladly and regularly pay for your online writing.

I have a system in place myself that gives me loads of writting assignments from many different clients. There is no reason why you should not dorepparttar 147073 same. One ofrepparttar 147074 key tools I use is a blog.

Here are 5 key things you need to do to generate online writing assignments from clients.

1) Specialize in a certain area The web is a colossal jungle where it is very easy for a general writer specioalizing in everything and nothing, yo get lost and forgotten. The mopst powerfulk thing you can do online today is to specialize ina specific area. The smallerrepparttar 147075 niche,repparttar 147076 better. Do not feel that you will be limiting your market. Remember that one ofrepparttar 147077 wonderful things aboutrepparttar 147078 net is that you can profit from a tiny niche because your market onrepparttar 147079 net includesrepparttar 147080 whole planet. In fact specialization has always been a very powerful startegy for busioness success whose importance has been magnified byrepparttar 147081 net. Look at it this way,repparttar 147082 powerful sun, because it spreads itsí powerful rays everywhere reachesrepparttar 147083 earth as a warm pleasant and mostly harmless source of heat and light. But when you concentraterepparttar 147084 rays of a sun to one particular point, using a magnifying glass, you can craete fire that can burn down acres of forest and bring damage worth billions, if not zillions of dollars.

How do you select your specialization? It is useful to look for an area where you have lots of interest in. Your hobby would be an ideal place to start because you are already an expert of sorts in that area.

Christopher Kyalo makes a living writting online. Visit his blog for writers for the second and final part of this article http://100grandonlinewriters.blogspot.com


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