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Help with Writing Query Letters

For some writers, composing an eye-catching query letter comes with little problems. For others  it’s one of the most nerve-wracking parts of being a freelance writer.

Below are some sites that I’ve compiled to make the process of birthing the perfect query letter a little more manageable.

From Writing World: How to write a successful query letter

From About.com; Freelance Writing:    Sample Query Letter

From Agent Query:    How to write a query letter

From HiWrite:    Query Letters

Your Turn: Please share any other sites that you have found useful when it comes to the how-to’s of composing a query letter.

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What I’m reading around the blogosphere today:

Write it Sideways: 23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger

The Book Designer: Fair Use, The Rights of Personality, and Unintended Consequences

Real Simple: 16 New Etiquette Rules for the Tech Age

Psych Central: Are Depressed Poets Still Creative?

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Guest Blogger on The Alchemist

Today is guest blogger day for us blogathoners and Andrea Genevieve Michnick is my guest blogger. Andrea is a fellow blogger participating in the May 2010 Blogathon.

Today, Andrea focuses her attention on the book The Alchemist. It’s a book she’s read numerous times and each time she finishes it, she finds something new amidst it’s pages that she seemed to have missed.

Andrea writes:

Every once in a while, there comes along a book, movie, or piece of art that feels like it was written just for you. Don’t you agree? Well for me, that book is The Alchemist. It’s one of those books that many people talk about, but never understands until they read it for themselves.

I read The Alchemist for the first time in August 2008. Then again in June 2009 and now I’m going to read it again this month. It’s a book that has different meanings depending on where a person is in their life. The first time I read it I thought it was a silly fable and the second it inspired me more than any piece of written ever has in the past. I hope when I read it again this year it re-instills a sense of hope and encouragement. I like to write about things I think about and more importantly things that give me inspiration to pursue my dreams. My hope is that through my writing others can be inspired to find their purpose and pursue dreams.

Throughout the past year I have been living through my Quarter Life Crisis and if there is one thing I have learned it’s that life is a journey. Little things like this book remind me of that through subtle signs and quotes:

“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
The Alchemist

I often find that creative types have a hard time with living in the present. I am one such person. I like to look to the future and think about the “What if’s?” that lie ahead. I get excited by seeing others success and wish life would speed up and my dreams would be right here at my finger tips too! Coincidentally, its when I read books like the Alchemist that I realize my dreams INCLUDE the present. Living each day striving to find a balance, a focus and a path is all part of the dream.

“The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.”
The Alchemist

I’m curious to learn from other creative types and freelancers what books inspire you? How do you keep motivated to pursue a life of your dream

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AndreaGenevieve is a 20-something blogger living and working in Washington, DC. Personally, Andrea writes and thinks about inspiration and the life of someone living through a Quarter Life Crisis at ThinkingMiss.com. Professionally, she writes about higher education, social media and Gen Y on TechAcademy (www.andreagenevieve.com)

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A Writer’s Insanity

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Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.  ~Graycie Harmon

 

I was looking over some writing quotes that I have listed on my personal website and this one by Graycie Harmon caught my eye. How true it is though, no? I think so. 

I think writers in general are a walking insane asylum most of the time. I know for me, ideas are constantly getting in line inside my head in hopes of coming out in the form of words. Characters are hungry for the ink that will bring them to life. Even the mediocre ideas and story lines are eager for stardom. You don’t have to be a published author to have stacks and stacks of material. If you write at all, for pleasure or business, you’re a writer.

Like I have mentioned in some of my previous postings, I have been writing SOMETHING ever since I was small, be it poetry or short stories, articles or drawings. I was always producing filled notebooks and journals. Bookstores and hole in the wall coffee shops became my second homes.

I know lots of writers who are they same way. They have to write almost daily or they feel like something is missing. Writing is a healthy outlet for all, so is reading. And even if you’re not a lover of literature, reading a book can be an extremely calming sensation. 

Being in charge of your own insane asylum has its perks as well as its downfalls. It’s up to you as the writer to decide which direction your writing can and will take you in if you believe in yourself.

And hey, if all else fails, a padded room doesn’t sound all THAT bad. I hear that padded walls make great pillows.

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