Need a Great Idea? Feed Your Brain

Written by Michele Pariza Wacek

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When you travel, you open yourself up to lots of new and exciting experiences. New sights, new sounds, new smells, new tastes, new textures. And they all haverepparttar ability to form a reaction with something else.

Don't have time to hop on a plane to India? Take a day trip to a town you've never visited. Or, if you can only spare a few hours, seek out a park you've never been to or a museum you've been meaning to see or even that new cute little shop that just opened. You can always find somewhere new to visit no matter how long you've lived inrepparttar 137872 same city. And if you're truly desperate, try walking around your neighborhood onrepparttar 137873 opposite side ofrepparttar 137874 street inrepparttar 137875 opposite direction you normally walk. (It can help jolt you out of rut.)

3. Open yourself up to new things. Of all of these, this one is probablyrepparttar 137876 scariest. But, it also hasrepparttar 137877 potential to berepparttar 137878 most powerful.

Takerepparttar 137879 time to try new things. Meet people outside your normal circle of friends. Attend associations, nonprofits, hobby groups outside ofrepparttar 137880 ones you usually go to. Listen to speakers on topics you know nothing about. Take a class at a community college about something outside your scope of knowledge. Or even have dinner at an ethnic restaurant you've never tried.

Now I'm not just talking about "typical" creative things, like taking an art class or learning to belly dance. If you're a creative professional, take a class on doing your own taxes or budgeting your finances or repairing your car. (Oooh, I bet all you creative folk felt a chill when I mentioned that.) The point is to really stretch yourself past your comfort zone. Make yourself uncomfortable. It's not only a great way to grow, but it's a fabulous way to keep your muse fat and happy.

And that helps keeprepparttar 137881 ideas flowing.

Creativity Exercises -- Preparerepparttar 137882 banquet

Overrepparttar 137883 next month, I want you do to at least one tactic from each ofrepparttar 137884 above three techniques.

1. Read something you know nothing about. Even if you only spend five minutes skimming an article about quilting whenrepparttar 137885 last time you tried to sew a button on a shirt you stabbed yourself withrepparttar 137886 needle and got blood all overrepparttar 137887 material.

2. Travel somewhere you've never been before. Even if it's an antique shop andrepparttar 137888 most antique piece of furniture in your house is a bookshelf your parents bought from Sears when you were a little kid.

3. Stretch yourself in a different and potentially scary way. Even if it's attending one of those Home Depot gardening workshops despite every plant you've tried to grow didn't and if your thumb was any blacker it would fall off.

You know how you work better when you're not hungry, see how well your muse starts churning out ideas after a good meal.

Michele Pariza Wacek is the author of "Got Ideas? Unleash Your Creativity and Make More Money." She offers two free e-zines that help subscribers combine their creativity with hard-hitting marketing and copywriting principles to become more successful at attracting new clients, selling products and services and boosting business. She can be reached at Copyright 2005 Michele Pariza Wacek

How to Write an Ebook

Written by Larry Strawson

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Next, make a list ofrepparttar reasons you are writing your ebook. Do you want to promote your business? Do you want to bring quality traffic to your website? Do you want to enhance your reputation?

Then write down your goals in terms of publishing. Do you want to sell it as a product on your website, or do you want to offer it as a free gift for filling out a survey or for ordering a product? Do you want to userepparttar 137829 chapters to create an e-course, or use your ebook to attract affiliates aroundrepparttar 137830 world? The more you know upfront,repparttar 137831 easierrepparttar 137832 actual writing will be.

Decide onrepparttar 137833 format of your chapters. In non-fiction, keeprepparttar 137834 format from chapter to chapter fairly consistent. Perhaps you plan to use an introduction to your chapter topic, and then divide it into four subhead topics. Or you may plan to divide it into five parts, each one beginning with a relevant anecdote.

How to make your ebook "user friendly"

You must figure out how to keep your writing engaging. Often anecdotes, testimonials, little stories, photos, graphs, advice, and tips will keeprepparttar 137835 reader turningrepparttar 137836 pages. Sidebars are useful for quick, accessible information, and they break uprepparttar 137837 density ofrepparttar 137838 page.

Write with a casual, conversational tone rather than a formal tone such as textbook diction. Reader's respond torepparttar 137839 feeling that you are having a conversation with them. Break uprepparttar 137840 length and structure of your sentences so you don?t hypnotize your readers into sleep. Sentences that are allrepparttar 137841 same length and structure tend to be a good aid for insomnia!

Good writing takes practice. It takes lots and lots of practice. Make a schedule to write at least a page a day. Read books and magazines aboutrepparttar 137842 process of writing, and jot down tips that jump out at you. The art of writing is a lifetime process;repparttar 137843 more you write (and read),repparttar 137844 better your writing will become. The better your writing becomes,repparttar 137845 bigger your sales figures.

In an ebook that is read onrepparttar 137846 screen, be aware that you must give your reader's eye a break. You can do this by utilizing white space. In art classes, white space is usually referred to as "negative space." Reader's eyes need to rest inrepparttar 137847 cool white oasises you create on your page. If your page is too dense, your reader will quit out of it as soon as their eyes begin to tear.

Make use of lists, both bulleted and numbered. This makes your information easy to absorb, and givesrepparttar 137848 reader a mental break from dissecting your paragraphs one afterrepparttar 137849 other.

Finally, decide on an easy-to-read design. Find a font that's easy onrepparttar 137850 eyes, and stick to that font family. Using dozens of fonts will only tire your readers out before they've gotten past your introduction. Use at least one and a half line spacing, and text large enough to be read easily onrepparttar 137851 screen, but small enough so thatrepparttar 137852 whole page can be seen on a computer screen. You will have to experiment with this to findrepparttar 137853 right combination.

Of course, don't forget to run a spell and grammar check. You are judged by something as minor as correct punctuation, so don?t mess up a great book by tossing out semicolons randomly, or stringing sentences together with commas. (Byrepparttar 137854 way, that's called a "comma splice.")

Last of all, create an index and a bibliography. That's it! You've written a book! Now all you have to do is publish your ebook online, and wait for download request from your website visitors.

Brought to by Larry Strawson author of many articles and ebooks on internet marketing.

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