James J. Valone

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How I Went From a Newbie To Making Over $1,000/mo Freelance Writing

Plus lessons I learned….I’m a Freelance Web Content Writer, who writes unique and engaging content for various websites and businesses.With a cup of …

Writing

All cleavage and clunkiness – why can’t male authors write women?

A writer challenged women to describe themselves as a male author would. The responses were hilarious, but sadly rang true<p>“She was 40 but could have passed for a year younger with soft lipstick and some gentle mascara. Her dress clung to the curves of her bosom which was cupped by her bra that was …

Feminism

How to Battle Your Enemy, The “Adverb”

My prose has a natural enemy. It’s called an “adverb”.Adverbs have <b>relentlessly</b> raided my prose and now it is <b>severely</b> battered.Now read again.Adverbs …

Creative Writing

What Happens When Writing Becomes Effortless?

Imagine that there is just one truth about yourself, the world and the Universe. The Universe is universal, as the name indicates. And so are you, …

Creativity

The secret stories of the Brontës: The magical fantasy worlds which made the family famous

The renowned Brontës, a literary family who hail from Haworth, West Yorkshire, are widely known for their array of intensely emotional, wildly …

Literature

Surprise! What Every Writer Needs to Know

What’s the last story that really caught you off guard?<p>I’m still thinking about “Gone Girl,” a twisting story I finished reading years ago. As …

Writing

How to Publish a Short Story: Submit Your Story

Almost two months ago, we started this journey to find out how to publish a short story. We’ve drafted, we’ve gotten feedback, we’ve edited. If …

Writing

Six Qualities You Need To Be A Successful Author

Every writer wants to know what it takes to <b>be successful</b>. Guest author Christian Fink-Jensen shares his knowledge.Six Qualities You Need To Be A …

9 Soulful Reasons to Write

The necessity of writing about business<p>Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed."<p>There are times when I ask myself why I write a weekly column, as I have for many years. It's a lot of work, after all, to add on top of running a …

Creative Writing

George Saunders On Learning to Write--and Writing to Learn

George Saunders is arguably one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary American authors. In this post, I highlight some key insights he shared …

Books

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one …

Highlights and Photographs From the 2018 Winter Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea concluded with a rousing, rocking closing ceremony. Here’s a look at what happened:<p><b>The 2018 Olympics End With a Dance Party</b><p>The last 15 minutes of the ceremony were listed as an electronic dance music party. The DJs …

South Korea

Prime-Age Men May Never Return to U.S. Workforce, Fed Paper Says

Men in their prime working years have left the labor force at an astonishing rate and they may never return if the state of the U.S. job market …

Kansas City

The Complete Winter Olympics Schedule for 2018: When to Watch Every Sport

The 2018 Winter Olympics began Friday, Feb. 9 in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, and the schedule of events is packed from the opening ceremony until …

Skiing
Donald Trump

Why I Write

I’m usually awake by 6 am every day. Today I got up at 5 am. I meditate, spend some time with my wife, and then I write. My first real task each …

Deciding Whether to Write a Book? Tim Ferriss Says You Should Ask Yourself This Simple Question | Inc.com

Today, it seems like the number of people writing a book or <i>wanting</i> to write a book is higher than ever before. And with publishing being more accessible than ever (with digital publishing, etc.), it's no wonder why this is the case.<p>Because of this, if you're an entrepreneur, the temptation for you …

Writing

36 Writing Tips to Help You Write Like the Pros

These 10 minutes will help you become a better writer forever<i>Originally published on</i> <i>airborneorange.com</i>As a blogger, writing is no doubt an integral …

The 16 Best Books on Writing Memoir - Signature Reads

Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story<p>Writing coach Alan Gelb’s book is targeted specifically towards baby boomers: when this book was first published in 2015, he felt that baby boomers were staring down the barrel of their lives’ third act, not knowing what to do with it. According to Gelb, your …

Creative Writing

Award-Winning Author Judy Blume Shares 6 Inspiring Tips From 50 Years of Writing (and 85 Million Books Sold) | Inc.com

When I was a kid I loved to read Judy Blume books: <i>Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing</i>, <i>Blubber</i>, <i>Deenie</i>, <i>Freckle Juice</i>, <i>Superfudge</i>. They addressed themes and issues other books I was reading at the time didn't cover. Her stories spoke directly to me, as if she could see right into my curious, …

Writing

The Real Secret to Becoming a Successful Writer

On the myth of meritocracy.How do you become a successful writer? Successful writers offer predictable advice. "Perseverance is absolutely …

Stephen King

100+ Famous Authors and Their Writing Spaces

Hans Christian Andersen<p>“<i>Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead</i>.”<p>Harlan Ellison<p>“<i>If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you;</i> …

How to write a book: dos and don’ts - plus tips from famous authors

One-Minute ReadSun 7 Jan, AT 16:27How to write a book: dos and don’ts from famous authorsLearn from the masters about how to start writing a …

Literature

Buy a cat, stay up late, don't drink: top 10 writers’ tips on writing

Made a New Year resolution to start writing that novel? Take some writing tips from Leo Tolstoy, Muriel Spark, John Steinbeck and other famous authors<p>Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite …

Literature

Say All You Have to Say in the Fewest Possible Words

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will …

Writing

11 Tips For Writing More In 2018, So You Can Finally Finish That Manuscript

As another year drags itself across the finish line, many of us are starting to think about our goals for next year. Sure, 2017 had its horrible …

“What’s the Best Thing That Happened Today?”

If you ask yourself, “What’s the best thing that happened today?” it actually forces a certain kind of cheerful retrospection that pulls up from the …

Writing

Force Yourself to Write Non-Stop

[If you have writer's block] force yourself to write non-stop for twenty or thirty minutes: no deletions, no erasures, no pauses. If that doesn't …

Writer's Block

Launch a professional copywriting career for just $24

You’re smart, you’re creative, and you can write a little bit. Congratulations, you might just be a copywriter! But before you go charging into a top ad firm and demand a spot at the table, you’ll need to understand some of the basic steps in crafting solid, effective advertising copy.<p>You can start …

Writing

What's The Easiest Way To Write Every Day? This 1 Prompt Will Get The Job Done | Inc.com

If you want to become a writer, you have to write.<p>This is a universal truth that most people understand in theory but fail to understand deeply through practice. Just about anyone on the planet can verbalize the words, "If you want to get better at something, you have to practice it."<p>That's not the …

Creative Writing