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The Working Writer's Club

Welcome to the Working Writer’s Club

I’m Suzanne Lieurance, The Working Writer’s Coach and Director of the Working Writer’s Club. Do you want to turn your love of writing into a part time or full time career? Then become a member of our writer’s club (it’s free) and you’ll gain immediate access to a wealth of

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writing tips from Penelope Anne Cole

Writing Tips from Children’s Author Penelope Anne Cole

Today the Working Writer’s Club is hosting Day 4 of a 5-day virtual tour for Penelope Anne Cole’s Magical series of books for kids. This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. In today’s post, Penelope offers some writing tips. Writing

Memoir Writing

writing a memoir

Basic Factors to Consider When Writing a Memoir

Before putting pen to paper, it is very important to identify your goal for writing your memoir. Without a definite direction, your piece will ramble on and on with no purpose. We will explore some possibilities and discover why this is such an important step. Keep in mind, your memoir

Writer's Workshops

how to write better nonfiction

How to Write Better Nonfiction – New Audio

If you want to sell nonfiction books or magazine articles, your manuscript has to be better than other submissions the editor receives. Yes, editors have a greater need for nonfiction than for fiction, and your chances of selling nonfiction are therefore greater than your chances of selling fiction are. But

Getting Motivated

just write

Choose to Write!

Sometimes I feel like a petulant child when I sit down to write. “I don’t want to write,” the child complains. “I want to play games and have fun.” I’ve tried to discipline the child and tell her that this is for her own good, that she needs to buckle

For Writers

double your freelance income

Double Your Freelance Income

If you’re trying to double your freelance income this year, one of the easiest ways to do that is by offering more/new products and services to your existing clients. That’s because it’s easier to sell more to the clients you already have than it is to find a steady stream

Writing Tips

when to use an ampersand

Uses for the Ampersand: Pretty Is as Pretty Does

by Carolyn Howard-Johnson The ampersand is a real pretty little dude but it isn’t a letter nor even a word. It’s a logogram that represents a word. Its history goes back to classical antiquity, but interesting history and being cute are no reason to overuse it in the interest of

Freelance Writing

strive for excellence

Strive for Excellence

by Irene S. Roth We all live in a world where mediocrity is celebrated and even encouraged. And this same view pervades a writer’s life as well. As a writer, you are encouraged to write quickly and not follow your dreams or slow down long enough to discover what your

Writing Prompts

Story Starters

Creative Writing Prompts to Start the Summer!

Happy first day of summer! Here are some creative writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing this week. 1. Write a character description of your first love. What was it about this person that captured your attention and your heart? What were his/her mannerisms, habits or quirks that you

Healthy Writers

Healthy Writer

The Importance of Developing Mental Boundaries

Successful writers need to have mental boundaries in place. Without developing mental boundaries, anything that comes across a writer’s desk will have the same importance and no project will take priority. This is a sure recipe for mental frustration and lack of success in writing. What Are Mental Boundaries?

Club Member Spotlight

mentally resilient writer

The Emotionally Resilient Writer

Irene S. Roth has published a new E-book for writers called The Emotionally Resilient Writer. Many writers have a difficult time to being single-minded and hardy in their writing career. Ms. Roth’s book will help them be the most successful writers they can be. For more information about the

Romance Writing

write romance

How to Write Romance, Free E-course

Want to learn how to write romance? Romance writing is a billion-dollar-a-year industry. Authors are busy creating new titles every single day because hungry readers have been known to gobble up as many as forty new romance novels every month. And now you can learn how to write romance

Become a Writer – Getting Started

are you a procrastinator

Are You A Procrastinator by Phyllis Turner

Do you find you keep putting off writing in favor of something else? Cleaning, browsing Facebook, organizing closets… anything except writing? I’m the queen of procrastination and I’ve even wondered if I have ADD and don’t know it. I sit down to write and oh, there’s a new email… and

Book Marketing

book marketing strategies

4 Book Marketing Strategies

Your author or writer online platform is all about numbers and reach. It’s about how many people are aware of you within your niche and how many of those people think you have authority within your niche. In other words, it’s about how many connections you have. You might equate


ways a journal can help you manage

10 ways a journal can help you manage your life and your business

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a journal is defined as “a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use.” As writers, we could take that last part a step further and say that a journal is kept regularly for private and business use. There are many reasons

Writing for Children

unbreakable rules for children's writers

5 Unbreakable Rules for Children’s Writers

There are lots and lots of rules out there in books, blogs, articles, workshops, and other sources of information for all types of writers. You have undoubtedly seen or heard rules like “show don’t tell,” “write what you know,” and “avoid using adjectives.” You have probably also realized that these

Jobs for Writers

Six Steps to Finding Writing Jobs

Six Steps to Finding Writing Jobs and Building Your Business

If you want to actually make a living from your writing, and become what I call a “working” freelance writer, you need to know what to do to create a constant flow of income. Finding writing jobs usually requires several steps. Here are six steps to try: Step 1. Start

Magazine Writing

learn to write query letters

Learn to Write Winning Queries Video

If you want to make money writing for magazines you need to learn to write winning query letters. Watch this short video: For more helpful videos, subscribe to The Morning Nudge on Do Query Letters Ever Get Easier to Write? Here’s an email I got from one of

Mystery Writing

mystery beat

5 Ways to Start a Mystery Novel

by Zia Westfield Making the leap from mystery reader to mystery writer is huge. It’s practically the equivalent of jumping over the Grand Canyon. In fact, if you look too closely you might talk yourself out of jumping. Let’s assume you’ve decided to go for it and try your hand

Strategic Blogging

enhance your blog's image

Enhance Your Blog’s Image

In interior decorating, experts recommend that we use mirrors to create the “illusion” of a larger room, that we align elements mindfully for proper balance and symmetry, and that we paint in earth-tone colors to convey a sense of calm to our environments. Just as there are techniques, strategies, and

Build Your Business with a Book

cumulative effect

The Cumulative Effect: Easy to Do; Easy Not to Do

A couple of weeks ago I attended a program in which Dr. Brad Shuck, a professor with the University of Louisville and a thought-leader in employee engagement, discussed how the cumulative effect could impact organizational culture. What intrigued me was his idea that many of the contributors to employee engagement

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