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"Whom the gods would destroy, they first call promising."
-- Cyril Connolly
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E D I T O R N O T E S
My favorite advice for writer's block is, "a glass of red wine
and some decent music." There are times when I haven't felt like
writing but rarely a day when I haven't set down words; my most
Writing is a performance disguised by the neatness of typography.
The performance comes because the writer is a conscious person
communicating in a distinctive voice.
This performance is enacted in a nearly pre-conscious state like
the original dances of the Greeks and the advent of theater. It is a
constant movement of energy like the cold ocean moving under the
surface of the warm ocean.
So "writers block" could be characterized as "stage fright."
Whatever you might call it, plenty of people have put forward their
One of the better books about it is On Writer's Block by
Victoria Nelson. She has a psychological view and prefers that
writers give up any excuses.
"Not everyone with a desire to write, after all, becomes a
writer...Many avid readers harbor a secret desire to be a writer
because they believe the pleasure to be gained from writing is
identical to that gained from reading."
If they only knew the truth of the matter.
Nelson is an accomplished writer herself and her book is a
treatise on the act of writing. It's slanted more for the
fictionalist but all writers can get something out of it.
I knew of one writer who quit writing the moment he was
disillusioned of the pursuit of fame and fortune.
But if writing is driven by vanity it doesn't stand a chance
against reality. The writer has to see herself as a builder, as
someone constructing a piece that will support an idea, information,
or story. And that effort is connected to every effort to make
things whether it's a computer, a bridge or a presidential
The finished piece always looks easier than it took to make.
Talented writers often write for a long time by a kind of wonderful
imitation of writers they've admired. But then, when that runs out
the writer is lost because he doesn't have the constructive
principles to continue.
The best advice to any writer is "find your own way." We make
reality by doing, failing, and moving on. Do that enough times and
eventually you stick a good staff into a bright and clean
By the way, if one glass of wine doesn't work try the second or
to overcome writer' block.
on writer's block in New Yorker Magazine.
to overcome writer's block from Page Wise.
has some excellent things to say about the condition.
get rid of writer's block.
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IRG Syndicate has launched
IRGSyndicate.com, a new portal for editors, journalists and
webmasters to download royalty-free content and photos for their
publications and websites. The site features articles in business,
health, lifestyle, trends and technology
Bloglines now claims it
has over 100 millions articles indexed by its service. Do these
represent the freshest and most diverse voices on the net? It sounds
good but an old, foolish head is going to ask, "why go through all
of this when I can read Mark Twain?" And a new, emerging Mark Twain
is not going to head to the center of the massive slushpile known as
blogville. What is popular and hip one moment is a waste of time and
effort the next.
However, employers and editors would be wise to rake through all
the muck and find a few gems stuck there.
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story of the pranksters who rigged a story about an American
held captive in the Middle-East and beheaded on a video is very
instructive. In a way, false information and rumor are like a
computer virus and should make the media a bit more skeptical and
prudent. The journalist has to be the one who counters the obvious.
If the journalist is just another tropism moving to the stimulus of
being first to know, then eventually nothing is going to be
Journalism is only one area of American life that is going to go
through a sea-change as the winds of reform begin to sweep through
the satiated land.
and other "grass-roots media" are eroding the advertising model
that supports traditional media, says San Jose Mercury News
columnist Dan Gillmor, author of "We the Media." It's an interesting
concept but will fail on several counts.
One, the substitute for an "advertising" model will be an
"ideological" one. You will get the news with a slant and the cost
of admission will be that slant. The majority of people have about
thirty minutes of time per day to "get the news." I don't think
they're going to participate in this media rave that journalists
want to initiate. In fact, "news" will proliferate to such an extent
it will be like turning the tap on in the morning.
The greater question is, "what are they going to do with all that
news? How are they going to channel it into useful areas?"
many readers find blogs more credible than traditional media?
"News organizations are often monolithic and reluctant to admit
agendas," observes Jeff Jarvis of CondeNet.
Well, the truth is the reader has so much choice now no excuses
can be made on the public's behalf.
It's up to the free person to go read The Nation, the Weekly
Standard, the National Review, Reason, Mother Jones and simply mix
all the fine thoughts and opinions together and come out with an
account of what appears to be true or, at least, what is
significant. This is the responsibility of the people, not the mass
Go ahead and
do that very thing!
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T H E W R I T I N G L I F E
Writers will benefit when they start to understand that a piece
of writing has many destinies. That a piece of writing that is
interesting and useful to a thousand people is useful to many
thousands and beyond. Therefore each piece of writing can reach many
more people than the publisher allows for. The publisher does a
wonderful job to get readers, to increase all of that but the
potential is still beyond the reach of any single publication.
Writers will benefit when they understand that people will pay
them for what publishers will pay them: Expertise, communication,
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Discover the difference between information and cultural
Information is the stock ticker; cultural resource is the man or
woman who knows precisely when to buy and when to sell.
When the rhythm is good we see the blank page or screen as
infinite in dimension, as complex as the dreams we long to see
Painters are great teachers in the use of space, in that the
artist wrestles from the blank canvas a freedom full of toil and
A stimulated writer grasps the world at once and lets a hundred
lit cities energize his or her mind.
Some relatively new experiences: the tactile air corridor, the
quick formation of ad-hoc communities, the Earth experienced from
outside its own boundaries, casual conversations at 600 mph, seeing
vast amounts of good and bad every day, life free of gravity,
getting to know a person who, in the past, would have been hidden by
time and space constraints.
Form, aesthetics, architecture are some of the key words of this
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R E S O U R C E S
We came across an interesting anomaly
called Word Count. Go check it out. It's fun. Some guy has
indexed the 86,000 most popular words in English. Cuss words, names,
it has everything. It's one of these simple pleasures that gets
addicting after awhile.
C r a f t :
How to write
a better weblog.
Writing tips from
science fiction writer Robert Sawyer
Book of Famous
O r g a n i z a t
i o n s :
Romance Writers of America
Songwriter's Guild of
Association of America
Golf Writer's Association of
P r i n t P u b l i s h
i n g :
magazines are doing to try and get more readers.
offshoring journalism jobs is not a bad thing.
magazine publisher that's been doing well is Meredith based in
Des Moines, IA.
phenomena of Christian fiction.
veteran journalist laments the inability to write long 40,000
word pieces any longer.
press is going through a sea-change.
of the book, "Art of the Interview." The author laments the
decline of the magazine interview.
p u b l i s h i n g :
no Napster for books yet, but creators of text and images still
have to deal with a lot of the same digital rights management issues
perplexing the movie and music industries.
could get as much as $12 million in a sale.
internet making newspapers more contrite?
have had "essentially no effect" on the political season, says
Vanity Fair writer Michael Wolff. "The blogs at the convention is
just a bunch of (garbage)," says the editor of the Daily Howler
M e d i a:
an idiot" not to sell a good story to the press, says Monica
Lewinsky. "Advertisers, television stations, news anchors --
everyone else is making money. Your story is a commodity."
demand for celebrity news has spawned a mini-boom in celeb
magazines. Bauer is launching a new title, Life & Style
Weekly. "We help create the celebrities," asserts Bonnie Fuller of
PR Blog week
S U N O A S I S O P I N I O N
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without a few comments to throw in the way.
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Yammie, the Cat by
Bruce Holland Rogers
On the subway ride back to their
apartment, Beverly squeezed Karl's hand. She said, "Let's get off
"Here?" The train was stopping at the Rosedale station.
They were miles south of their stop.
"Here. I want to walk." She
gripped the handrail and stood.
Pelham's Saturday Morning
Frolics by R.F. Marazas
He stepped naked onto his moon
splashed lawn and had the crazy sensation that he would sink and
drown. He did not drown. Too many manhattans gurgled in his stomach,
keeping him buoyant.
Chapter Two of
Strange Lands and People by Martha Nemes Fried
The week I
started to work for China Relief Mission, Gilpatric was in London
for a conference. His chief Chinese aide sent a bulletproof
limousine to pick me up each morning and chauffeur me home each
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M A R K E T S A N D L E A D S
3 Promotions Managers wanted in Mason, Ohio (near Cincinnati)
(Associate, Promotion, Senior managers)
Coordinates the creation of customer-focused, innovative,
results-oriented promotions for Thomson Higher Education's teaching
and learning materials (including textbooks, print and electronic
supplements, and online courseware). Promotions include direct mail
pieces, selling tools for sales reps, in-book brochures and ads,
back cover copy, journal and convention ads, e-marketing materials,
public relations pieces, and other pieces as necessary. The
Promotions Manager's goal is to meet agreed-upon
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QVC, Inc., a $5 billion company,
is an e-commerce leader, marketing a wide variety of brand name
products in such categories as home furnishings, licensed products,
fashion, beauty, electronics and fine jewelry. QVC reaches over 85
million homes in the United States. The company s world headquarters
is located in West Chester, PA.
To help continue our success, we are in search of a talented and
experienced Copywriter for QVC's Product Detail Division.
Under the general supervision of an Editor, perform copywriting
duties associated with the creation and maintenance of Product
Detail pages for QVC.com in an effort to maximize online sales. The
Copywriter is responsible for prioritizing and completing work in a
fast-paced environment with clearly defined deadlines. Also
responsible for creating benefit-oriented copy that informs and
encourages our customers, ultimately resulting in increased sales.
The copywriter will also be responsible for maintaining Product
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The New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA) is searching
for a Director of Communications. NYSIA is a not-for-profit trade
association of software and information technology companies in the
New York City area. We are the leading high tech trade organization
in New York City and have over 600 company members. This position
will report to the President of the organization.
The Director of Communications is responsible for editing,
publishing, and the majority of the writing for NYSIA's weekly email
newsletter, the NYSIA Hotwire. In addition, the Director of
Communications will serve as writer/editor for the NYSIA Web site.
He/she will also produce promotional literature and other
communications products as required.
The ideal candidate is a fast and prolific writer and used to
quick turnarounds and meeting deadlines. He/she will have at least
3-5 years of experience in journalism, corporate communications, Web
site content development, or related fields. Experience in the
software/IT industry is a big plus. We are looking for a creative,
productive writer/editor who can work in a flexible not-for-profit
environment and produce results. A Bachelor's degree is required.
Experience with Web and email marketing techniques is a plus as
In short, we are looking for someone who loves and understands
the English language and can use it effectively and productively to
communicate our message to New York's high tech community.
Please forward resume and cover letter in digital form only (text
email or Word document) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make the subject
line "NYSIA Director of Communications." Please provide your salary
NYSIA offers competitive salaries, a comprehensive health care
plan paid 75% by the company, a complete set of benefits, and an
exciting and creative working environment. NYSIA is an equal
opportunity employer with a policy of encouraging diversity in the
Location: Southern California
Great Benefits, An easy commute, and a chance to let those creative
juices flow, what more could a hard-working, enthusiastic
professional ask for? The California Credit Union League has an
immediate full-time opening for a Marketing Copywriter to let their
fingers dance across the keyboard for print and electronic media.
Successful candidate must have a thorough understanding of
marketing principles; at least 2 years experience copywriting,
editing, proofreading and desktop publishing. Credit union or
financial industries experience a plus. Bachelor's degree preferred.
Send cover letter, resume and salary history to:
Reference job code 200406
Attn: Human Resources
California Credit Union League
9500 Cleveland Ave. Suite 200
Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. 91730
relocation package available.
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The international Cat Writers' Association (CWA) announces its
11th annual writing competition for published writers, photographers
and editors in print, on-line and broadcast media. The CWA offers
corporate-sponsored special awards of $500 to $1,300, as well as its
own Muse Medallions to winners in 38 categories.
More information on
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The Society of Professional Journalists invites you to join the
journalism community in New York City, September 9 11, 2004,
at the Grand Hyatt Hotel for the 2004 SPJ National Convention.
Or call 317-927-8000, ext 207.
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