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AIDA and What Does It Have to Do With Writing

It has been a year now that I’ve stopped teaching and somehow I miss the campus life. But learning doesn’t start and end in a school, it goes on continuously. So I turn my blogs into a form of teaching hoping that those who read them learn a thing or two. Months ago, while discussing persuasive Read more about AIDA and What Does It Have to Do With Writing[…]

Natalie Massenet

In Search For a Writing Mentor

It is not just a question of having or not having your own writing mentor. The real question here is: Do you really need a mentor or could you do without one? Opinions vary from writer to writer. But first, let’s take a closer look at what mentoring a writer is. When we say “mentor”, it Read more about In Search For a Writing Mentor[…]

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Who Cares? Just Make It Up! It’s Fiction.

As a fiction writer, that title is something easy to say. But as a journalist, writing should be based on facts. I’m not a professional journalist but I’ve been a news writer and managing editor for our school paper back in college. Writing news follows an inverted pyramid pattern and has to be factual and Read more about Who Cares? Just Make It Up! It’s Fiction.[…]

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I Hate Violence But I Write Crime Fiction

Is that a problem? I don’t think so. The fact that I hate violence is one of the reasons why I write crime fiction. Most of us, in one way or another, had seen or experienced violence. I myself had been violated and writing it down on paper released at least some of the negative Read more about I Hate Violence But I Write Crime Fiction[…]

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Common Mistakes Even College Graduates Commit

As a writer, I’ve been keen in observing correct spelling and usage of the English language, or any language for that matter. Not only it shows how educated a person is, but also how someone respects the language or dialect. However, even educated men and women, those who have earned a college degree commit mistakes on Read more about Common Mistakes Even College Graduates Commit[…]

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The 8 Basic Stories In Which Other Stories Are Based Upon

Sometime after attending a screenplay writing workshop during the late nineties, I bought the book Teach Yourself Screenwriting by Raymond G. Frensham. And somewhere in the first part of that book, it mentioned about the eight basic stories. It is said that there are only eight stories in the world in which other stories — be it film, Read more about The 8 Basic Stories In Which Other Stories Are Based Upon[…]

Robert Benchley

How Much Will You Charge?

American comedian and writer Robert Benchley once said, “The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.” How much should a freelance writer charge is one of the biggest questions asked even among writers. A freelance can charge whatever he or she wants as long as it makes Read more about How Much Will You Charge?[…]

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

One of the overused questions asked of writers is where do their ideas come from. It may be too trivial, too basic, but too important not to be ignored. Writers, like other artists, maximize the use of their five senses and translate them into their art. Writers, like other artists, are keen observers. So keen Read more about Where Do Ideas Come From?[…]

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6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Website

One of the characteristics of being a freelance writer is the freedom to write for anyone. Having one’s byline on different websites fills your heart with a sense of accomplishment. However, when it comes to getting new clients, this method spreads your brand thin. They see you all over the place without a permanent identity. Read more about 6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Website[…]

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Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word

Have you ever thought how authors come up with their ideas for their novels? You may have browsed writing books and magazines and have been told that an idea comes from an endless list of sources. But how do authors come up with a novel from an idea? In this article, let us see how Read more about Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word[…]

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My Love-Hate Affair With WordPress

Yes, I’m back with WordPress, the blog site I stumbled upon way back in 2012 and fell in love with, only to leave a year and a month later in favor of another website. Three years ago, when I started out with a blog I named Bottom Line Chronicles, I couldn’t figure out how I could Read more about My Love-Hate Affair With WordPress[…]

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