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I started writing about twenty years ago, and have had countless
articles, poems, short stories, and plays published, as well as a book of
poetry. Iíve completed a novel, a reference guide, several children books,
and Iím working on another novel at this moment. With no publisher in
sight, and no editor to give me instructions, I am on my own and nowhere
close to having one of my book projects accepted for publication.
Writing plays an important part in my current business – form letters,
brochures, advertising and feature stories are common on a regular basis,
not to mention countless memos, lists and many other items that have to be
created daily. No one in my office is capable of doing this part of the
work except me. My busy schedule takes up most of my free time and leaves
little time for personal writing, so when I create at work, I am honing my
craft and making it better. Whether it be designing and writing a brochure
for my business or writing an article or letter, I am in one way or
Sometimes, when I am facing a deadline to fill ad space, and I am
working under pressure, itís hard being creative but because of my ability
to write, I can create something worthwhile, even while facing the firing
Iíve often thought Ďhow nice it would be to quit work and start write
fulltime.í It would be a luxury to write fulltime and make a living at it.
People do it everyday. But Iím not one of those people so I use my
creativity to enhance my business and write for personal pleasure when I
have a free moment. Since writing is one of my many passions in life, I do
try and make the best of my talent nevertheless.
When the world crumbles about me, I write. When Iím in my office
after work, I write. When an idea sparks and has to be noticed, I write.
When all else fails, I write! And so must you!
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Workshop with New York literary agents New York literary agents and editors will present a November workshop for published writers and those whose work is ready or almost ready for submission.
The workshop is to be held on November 6 and 7, 2008, and is limited to 20 writers. Applicants must provide a sample of their completed or nearly completed work. For more information, contact Maryanne Shanahan at +1 (212) 837-2827.
Authors needed for
book project AmazonClicks.com is seeking hundreds of aspiring and established authors to contribute to a huge collaborative book. Writers have the opportunity to become published and earn royalties. There are no costs, but they must be willing to work with others for a year.
Those interested in participating should send an email to
amazonclicks.com including 500 words describing who they are and why they wish to join.
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