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IN WRITING CONTENTS December, 2012

WRITER'S LIFE
Fiction

Writing Piffle
During another time, this author looked for inspiration in a daily routine of brown ale or wine, naps, herbal cigarettes, and baths. Nowadays, inspiration comes from other sources, but the drivel may be the same.
By Chris Chapman


WRITER'S LIFE
Nonfiction

The Delusional Is No Longer Marginal
The task of journalists to present complex issues becomes doubly difficult when issues depart from the realm of reason.
By Robert Fripp


WRITER'S LIFE
Screen & Stage

Who Profits?
Hollywood hedge funds? Value of investment based on star meters? What is the film industry coming to? What happened to credibility of imagination?
By J.R. Kambak


WRITER'S LIFE
Poetry

What Am I Doing Wrong?
Consider these four points if your poetry isn't hitting the mark. One of these may be the reason for receiving rejection slips.
By Stan Grimes


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Top 10 Resources

Top 10: Writer's Slump
Sitting, staring, doing nothing, letting the thoughts ramble by. Breathing, observing, letting non-events unfold. How inspiring!
By Char Milbrett


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Advice/Q&A

Neubauer's Nuggets
Promotion, promotion, promotion! Where's the budget for that, and why isn't my publisher paying for it?
By Joan R. Neubauer


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Features

Part II: Have Ideas, Will Travel
Trapped on a plane for a five-hour flight? Do you strap on your iPod and zone out, or do you strap on your iPod, gather ideas and generate writing projects.
By Lori Myers


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Book Reviews

Book Reviews - September
This month's reviews cover writing for soap opera television, how to create heroes and heroines, plus being concise in all of your written business communications.
By Anthony Ackerley


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Legendary Storyteller Madeleine L'Engle Passes
"She had her contract written so that the company could forever have the rights to the book, anywhere in the universe, however not in the Andromeda galaxy."
By Mark London


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D-I-Y P-O-D
No agent? No problem. If you're going the route of print-on-demand for the publication and distribution of your book, here are a few words of advice.
By Jim Curtiss


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Dear Author, You Are An Idiot!
If you think junkyard dogs are mean, check out these drive-by Amazon critics who rip into some of the best world-class authors and their work.
By A. B. Curtiss


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Why Do We Write?
Have you wondered why it is that you must write? Mark London takes a look into the pscyhology and driving forces behind what moves our pens.
By Mark London


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Scotiabank Giller Prize - 2007 Longlist
With bated breath the longlist of finalists has finally been released for the $40,000 annual Best Canadian Novel or Short Story Collection Award with 15 candidates in the running.
By Rowdy Rhodes


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Global Offerings

Events - September 2007
IN provides a worldwide listing of writer-related events
By IN House Staff


INside CHUCKLES
Bill The Bard

Bill The Bard
Bill The Bard : Shakespeare In The New Millennium
By Robert Denton and Rowdy Rhodes


INside CHUCKLES
The Writer At Work

The Writer At Work
Chronicling the angst of writing and offering a smile to boot The Writer at Work is a pleasurable and amusing break.
By Richard Krzemien


INside Scoop
Refresh & Commence
Julie A. Pierce As we move from the heat of the summer toward the transition of fall, IN germinates a new column and inducts three new associate editors.
By Julie A. Pierce


ON THE COVER
A Mind On The Move
George MurrayGeorge Murray, the widely anthologized and published poet spends time here taking you on an adventure into the mind of one of Canada's finest writers.
By Julie A. Pierce and Rowdy Rhodes


ON THE COVER
The Rush To Here (Excerpt)
The Rush To HereSpectacles, testicles, wallet and watch if only the body could catch up with the blood. I'm always chasing this heart's last rapid tick, . . .
By George Murray


INside AUTHORS
INtroducing . . .
Author SnapshotsExtraordinary Michael Hunt brings historical fiction alive and midwest Marta Stephens wails with her BeWrite book A Silenced Cry this month.
By Penelope Jensen


COLUMNS
IN Her Own Write

Lots Of Plots
In Her Own WriteAny story is some version of a human (or human-like) life. That's how we write what we know. But focus on making the writing great to ensure that oldie is a goodie.
By Anne R. Allen


COLUMNS
Pen IN Hand

Writers As Complainers
Pen In HandPeggy Bechko points out the flaws in the complaints of would-be writers. Are you a writer, or what? Then stop complaining and get to it.
By Peggy Bechko


COLUMNS
Write On!

Flogged By A Rooster
Write On"Okay, Ill admit it was a bantam rooster, maybe a third of the size of a regular rooster. Which is why I stuck my hand out there, not thinking I'd be bleeding after the ordeal."
By Ken Robinson


COLUMNS
INstruction

"I" Isn't In
INstructionDraw your reader in with the hook of something tempting a reason to take an interest. Establish the reader's interest and your expertise before bringing the focus to yourself.
By Helen Dunn Frame


COLUMNS
INscribe

Essential Ingredients
INscribeThree foundational ingredients are the base to the soup of any writing success. Be sure you've got these in your cupboard and begin creating the writing life you've dreamed about.
By Bev Walton-Porter


WRITER'S LIFE
Fiction

Temptation
Finding it hard to get yourself to actually write something? You had it in mind, but then there was that thing you just had to attend to at once. Chris Chapman can relate.
By Chris Chapman


WRITER'S LIFE
Nonfiction

Part II: Researching Nonfiction
Research is a significant part of any writing project. The nonfiction book demands research of large proportions. In Part II, Carol Adrienne, Ph.D. concludes with a few more elements that can aid your research.
By Carol Adrienne, Ph.D.


WRITER'S LIFE
Screen & Stage

On The (Back) Lot
The reality of show business these days is one of repetition, copy-cat set-ups, and cheap enticements. Don't look now, but they're doing it again.
By J.R. Kambak


WRITER'S LIFE
Poetry

Lyrically Speaking
Identify the message and its orientation. Be precise with your words, and infuse them with rhythm and the intimacy of personal experience.
By Stan Grimes


TOOL KIT
Top 10 Resources

Top 10: Moth Mentality
Need a little inspiration for your romance writing? Like a moth to a flame, Char cannot resist finding a list of 10 sites to provide just the right mojo.
By Char Milbrett


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Advice/Q&A

Neubauer's Nuggets
If you think chain bookstores are your only outlet for selling your words, Joan's got news for you. And if you've ever wondered what "regional" vs. "national" titles are, she'll give you that scoop too.
By Joan R. Neubauer


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Features

Part I: Have Ideas, Will Travel
Your vacation can work for you. As a writer who travels, you literally have a world of ideas at your fingers. Take advantage of those family vacations.
By Lori Myers


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Book Reviews

Book Reviews - August
This month's reviews include the topics of creaing plays and children's books, and takes a look at beginning the next phase of career life as a writer.
By Anthony Ackerley


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Items Of INterest

Burning Books Today
It's hard to imagine that in this day and age the equivalent to book burning is still an ongoing issue in the United States, Canada, and abroad.
By Mark London


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Building My Own Website
Apply your creativity and innovation to building your own website. Some of the leg work has been done for you.
By G. Kyle White


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Successful Writer
Mapped out in 10 steps, success as a writer no longer eludes you. It is within your grasp. Follow this advice on the road to making it happen.
By Connie Werner Reichert


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Screenwriting Expo 6
An event with lots of opportunity is coming your way in the city of angels this fall. Attendance at Screenwriting Expo 6 will see you learning from Hollywood success stories.
By Barbara Bordenave


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Advice To Aspiring Writers
Can a commonplace book benefit you? Philip Spires suggests the best way to use one and how to engage your readers from the get-go.
By Philip Spires


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Global Offerings

Events - August 2007
IN provides a worldwide listing of writer-related events
By IN House Staff


INside CHUCKLES
Bill The Bard

Bill The Bard
Our cartoonist has snuck in a little down time in his hammock this month. Check him out - sure looks relaxing. Bill will return.
By Robert Denton and Rowdy Rhodes





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