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Weekend Assignment: Pocketses

“What’s it gots in its pocketses?” ~ Gollum  You can tell a lot about a person from what they carry around in their pockets. Photographer Nathan Schroder has made it the subject of a project in portraiture. I ran across Shroder’s project while reading an article about him in Popular photography and immediately thought– Weekend Assignment! […]

Magazine Polls, Surveys, and You

Here’s a quick way to generate article ideas aimed at a specific magazine. Look for polls and surveys the magazine has taken. Magazines use those little questionnaires to learn more about their readers’ views, and so can you. For example, in February, Ladies Home Journal ran an article on shopping. The article included several pie charts illustrating […]

Weekend Assignment: Cell Phone

Hello fellow writers! If it’s Friday, it must mean it’s time for another weekend writing assignment. This week I’ve had several friends upgrade their phones. It’s always fun to see what they’ve picked out for themselves and what add-ons they choose. Back in the dark ages, a phone was just a means to communicate without […]

Submit, Submit, Submit: Writing Markets March 2012

It’s time for another issue of writing markets.I hope you find something useful. Disclaimer: Bear in mind that I am sharing these links not endorsing them. While I’ve checked out these sites, always read the complete guidelines before submitting anything AND always do your homework. Commonweal is edited by Catholic laypeople and “welcomes original manuscripts dealing with […]

Spell Check on Aisle Five

When you write, do you give readers the sense you are dependable and trustworthy? In this age of social media, the question is more important than ever. Any mistake you make can reach a wide audience in the time it takes to click “update status.” I offer this case in point. I was scrolling through […]

Weekend Assignment: Square Pegs

You’ve probably seen what I call a square peg article. They are articles you would expect to find in one magazine, but due to the writer’s ability to find the right angle, manage to squeeze into another. For example, if I say find a market for an article on lawn mower repair, you might dutifully […]

Highlights Foundation Revision Retreat

I love this quote: “If a teacher told me to revise, I thought that meant my writing was a broken-down car that needed to go to the repair shop. I felt insulted. I didn’t realize the teacher was saying, ‘Make it shine. It’s worth it.’ Now I see revision as a beautiful word of hope. […]

A little writing news…

I’ve received a request from The Writer magazine to publish a reprint of one of my articles in their upcoming book, The Best of The Writer!  More details to come… Now to stalk the mailman until the contract arrives.

Poll: How do you keep tabs on your ideas?

Weekend Assignment: The Land of Ideas

This week, while I pondered and surfed, looking for the next weekend assignment, I was bombarded with all things Seuss. I love Dr. Seuss and perhaps my favorite discovery was this quote the author made in response to the age-old question asked of authors: “Where do you get your ideas?”  “I get all my ideas […]