By Linda Jenkinson | May 31, 2017
Whether it's fiction or fact, historical or hysterical, prosaic or poetic, ifi you are a writer, you have a story to tell. Tell it in what you will call, your first draft.
As you begin to speed through your first draft, chances are that you will realize, somewhere in the middle, that you forgot to put something up front that needed to be up front, like the other day when you told that joke and just before you got to the punchline, you remembered the line that needed to be at the beginning to make the joke funny. When that happens to a joke, often the laugh is lost. In writing, you get to fix it.
But not right now!
By Linda Jenkinson | May 01, 2017
When I first started writing, I followed a lot of other people's rules like in order to be worthwhile, a piece must be at least one page (i.e. 350 words long). That's hogwash. After years of writing, I have learned that a good writer cuts and cuts and cuts again, until they can succinctly get their point across. What is important is to be articulate in writing. If Twitter teaches us one thing it is that you can often get your point across in 144 characters or less!
By Linda Jenkinson | Feb 27, 2017
It's written. How do you get it published?
Both queries and cover letters are letters of introduction. The most important thing to remember is to craft a cover letter or query that meets the requirements of submission guidelines, which may differ from publisher to publisher and agent to agent.
By Linda Jenkinson | Oct 18, 2016
Whether you're writing an article or posting on Social media, how you handle the truth can make or break your reputation as a writer. Finding the truth often takes some serious detective work. Fortunately, the Internet has the right tool for every occasion.
By Linda Jenkinson | Oct 07, 2016
Josh Benton of Harvard’s Neiman Journalism Lab defined clickbait as "Noun: Things I don't like on the Internet.”
There is little to like about clickbait. Clickbait is a headline that generates a momentary rush of excitement that culminates in a rapid letdown. It is a corruption of information, a "bait and switch" tactic that leads to the Internet's most insipid websites and faux blogs filled with picture galleries accompanied by short, vapid blurbs of text.
By Linda Jenkinson | Sep 23, 2016
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with reading on the web that narrow text column widths are preferable to wide ones. Because web designers pay attention to resolutions and screen sizes, most templates are designed so that the active window is the appropriate column width. The length (inch-wise) of an article is more important to the webmaster.
By Linda Jenkinson | Sep 16, 2016
There are two sides to every issue, pro and con. The phrase comes from the Roman, pro et contra, meaning for and against. Funny thing is, whichever side we are on, we tend to believe we are on the pro side.
It is easy to become antagonistic towards the cons, to believe the worst about the issue as well as the people on that other side.
By Linda Jenkinson | Sep 09, 2016
What you say might be less important than how you say it.
This holds true, in fact, even truer for material that is published on the web.
By Linda Jenkinson | Aug 30, 2016
You're heard of a play on words. Eggcorns are playful words that put distinction in your characters and add humor to your writing.
One of the fun things about the English language is that it is constantly changing and as it changes, it isn't afraid to laugh at itself.
If you are looking for a way to add a fresh and funny face to your writing, try an eggcorn.
By Linda Jenkinson | Aug 23, 2016
Write because you love writing. If your goal in writing is monetary success, you may be disappointed.
Throughout history, writing hasn't been a 'get rich quick' scheme for most writers. In fact, many famous writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe, died broke and broken. If you are writing for any other reason than you absolutely love writing, you are writing for the wrong reason.