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What are the key principles of speech writing?

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There are so many different types of speeches...

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How to choose a title for your book

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Choosing a title for your book is...

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Writing Kids activity books

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With Easter quickly descending upon us all, it is time to start thinking of new and creative ways to spend time with the children. All holidays require some form of creative activities to keep children (and adults!) entertained, and Easter is one of those funny holiday breaks where the weather might be great and you can spend your days in parks and on family days out, but then it could also rain and become miserable for two weeks and you find yourself scrabbling around trying to find fun things to do inside. It's always a tricky one.

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Writing articles for the education market

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Article writing can be a great way to share your expertise with a wider audience. Thanks to the internet, information on almost any subject can be accessed instantaneously, by the simple click of a button or a quick dig around a search engine.

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Writing for dance magazines

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It's hard to remember a time when dance was as popular as it is now. Programmes such as 'Dancing on Ice', 'Britain's got talent' and 'Strictly Come Dancing' have all made a huge impression on society at large. The number of people attending dance classes has increased, the number of men becoming more involved in the art of dance has increased, and the number of aerobics classes and keep fit videos that now incorporate some form of dance have also grown in number.

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Keeping the plot simple when writing for children

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When it comes to communicating a message, three things are needed:
- A beginning
- A middle
- An end
It doesn't matter how the message is being communicated; through dance, through advertising, through music or through the written word, these three components are crucial to the successful delivery of the required message.

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How to keep yourself positive and sane as a writer

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Writing can sound like an idyllic job, but in reality it is hugely stressful; particularly if you are trying to balance your love for writing with another paid job, family commitments, housework and social arrangements. Coming home to a pile of rejection letters after an 8-hour stint in the office followed by watching your son's football match and taking your daughter to ballet can be, understandably, hugely de-motivating.

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Motivate yourself into writing that book this year

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Surveys around the world reveal time and time again that one of the greatest and most popular ambitions individuals have is to write their own book. A recent survey undertaken by the New York Times reported that 81f individuals felt that they had at least one book 'in them' that if they had the time or self discipline to write, would be an excellent read.

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Key tips for submitting your manuscript to publishers and literary agents

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So, you are sitting there with your completed manuscript - all beautifully checked, edited, proof read, type-set and ready to be sent off to the a range of publishers or literary agents. Great - what an achievement! This is definitely an event in life that should be celebrated ... that of completing a book.

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Key tips for critiquing your own poetry

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As with all genres of writing; editing and critiquing your own work, or getting an expert to complete a critique for you, is a crucial element of poetry writing.
Why you might ask. Well because without this second look at your work; either undertaken by you or by someone else, silly errors can be missed and the general flow and overall technique of the poem can be compromised.

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Interpreting a poem

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Poetry can be daunting. So many times you can be sitting there with a poem in front of you that you've read 20 times, and yet somehow it still doesn't make any sense. The frustration and then distress of this situation is about a thousand times worse if you happen to be sitting in an exam room at the time. And the exam is focussed around that dodgy piece of poetry in front of you!

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5 inspiring reasons for writing a book

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It's a great time to get your book started, what with the dodgy weather and the start of a New Year. But writing a book, or at least starting to get your thoughts and ideas down on paper can be very difficult - there are so many things out there to distract you from the task in hand.

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Top 5 Proofreading Errors

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So many opportunities are lost because of proof reading errors that have not been picked up and amended before a piece of work is submitted, whether it is an essay or dissertation or a manuscript for publication.

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Why are Short Stories so Difficult to Write?

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Writing short stories as an easy option for writers - or is it? Find out in our insider's guide ...

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Finding a Ghost Writer to Suit Your Needs - Top Tips

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Once you have made the decision that you will employ a ghost writer you can then get down to the serious business of finding one ...

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Tips on Writing a Newsletter

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Businesses, organisations and clubs can all find some benefit in writing and distributing a newsletter. Indeed, even internal departments within a large organisation have found that creating a newsletter is a great way of letting others know what you do, how you do it, and why you do it!

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Learning to Write With All of Your Senses

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Writers often forget the importance of capturing all of the senses within a novel. To really make a scene believable the reader needs to be able to experience it as the characters are experiencing it, which means being able to see the same things as them, feel the same things as them, hear the same noises as them, taste the same tastes and smell the same smells.

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Ten Top Tips For Freelance Writers

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Freelance writers are being hit by the recession in exactly the same way that permanent staff are feeling the pinch. With editorial budgets being slashed and the number of redundancies seen in the writing and editorial field increasing, the opportunities available for freelance writers are becoming scarcer.

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Remembering: Different Tools to Use to Help You Write A Comprehensive Biography

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Writing a biography is a dream that many people share. And on the face of it, it does seem like the easiest type of story to write - that of your own life. You don't need to worry about establishing a complex plot line, or about spending months of time creating and getting to know your leading characters.

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Just How Valuable Are Editors

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James Matheson recently wrote an article for the website 'Digital Book World', looking at the value of editors when it comes to producing the written word. He suggests that, 'Those who devalue the work of editors ought to consider history. Perhaps the greatest single contribution of an editor to a written work can be found in The Declaration of Independence.

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