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Writer to Writer - October 2009
Issue Two
 

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Do you like the new site design?  I've been feeling a bit antsy lately, and decided it was time for a change.

I really like the new design, and I hope you do too.  It's much easier on the eyes, don't you think?

Before I go any further, I'd like to welcome all new subscribers.  I'm often remiss and forget to welcome you.

Please understand I don't do it deliberately, I simply forget.

Last time I told you about several ebooks that will help you learn more about your craft.  Every week I receive many emails from writers (many of them subscribers) who are desperate to earn in.come from their writing.

I said this several months ago, and I will repeat it today - I am ear.ning far more from my writing skills since the 'global economic crisis' than I was before.

The truth of the matter is that employers are sacking staff and outsourcing a lot of their writing tasks.  That way they are not paying wages, and are only paying for the work that is required as needed.

The areas I am getting most in.come from are copywriting, online article writing,  and niche writing (including ebooks).

Yes, these are all non-fiction activities.

There are a few books (that I recommend) that cover these activities:

The Wealthy Writer - covers a variety of subjects.  Read my review of this book.

Quick Cash Writing - this is all about writing for markets that need short items such as fillers etc.  Read my review of this book.

The Low Down on Niches: Turn Your Writing into Cash - this is my book, and it goes through the process of writing ebooks for profit.  I have something like sixteen ebooks, and it's a great thrill to wake up to money that's been deposited in my PayPal account while I slept.  If you can write an article or a cohesive letter, you can do this.  You can also write ebooks for clients - the starting price for this service is $10 per page, but most ebook writers charge a minimum of $20 per page. (Marketers are screaming out for good writers to undertake this service.)

Copywriting is where I tend to earn the most in.come quickly.  There are a variety of services you can perform as a copywriter.  The main one I do is sa.les pages.  There is only a few hours of work, and my charge for this service is around $500.  Could you do with an extra $500 a week?  (When I worked at an outside job it took a week to earn this sort of money.)  I choose to only write one sales page a  week, but I know writers who are doing them daily, and often two or more per day. One per weekday at $500 each turns into $10,000 per month - that's nice in.come!

If you want a more comprehensive list of the resources available, check the first issue of Writer to Writer for October

Copywriting is a great way to go - I ask my clients for 50% upfront, and don't start working until I have it.  If it's a client I haven't worked with before, I ask for 100% upfront.  No chasing unpaid invoices.

Magazines can be slow to pay - sometimes 3-6 months, so I much prefer copywriting as the pay.ment is so quick.

Yes, you may need to educate yourself if you don't have the skills already, but once you have them, the sky really is the limit.  In my opinion, every writer should be able to write non-fiction - this is where the mo.ney is.  Seriously.

This is probably the perfect time to remind you that if you don't have one already, you really should get a website as this will allow you to showcase your talents.  Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, whether you are published or not, all writers need a website.  (I've picked up a lot of work from people who've found my website.)

I create all my websites in Xsite Pro these days.  The main Writer2Writer site is one of the few sites I have that isn't in Xsite Pro, and that's only because I'm in the process of changing it over.  It's a huge job as there are hundreds of pages on the site.  All the sub-sites have been created in that program, and I find it very quick and easy to use.

So... if you don't have a website, it's past time you got one. 

Now for this issue.... Cheryl Malandrinos discusses the question most writers ponder at some point - can I take on a big project and keep my sanity?  Find out...

Rachel Carrington is our guest writer this issue, and discusses how to make your villain more of a villain!

Okay, that's it from me (finally!) - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…

 

Cheryl

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Tackling the Big Gorilla – How to Add a Large Project to Your Schedule and Still Be Stress-free around the Holidays

 

 

Copyright  Cheryl C. Malandrinos - All Rights Reserved 

 

 

Once October starts, the rest of the year flies by. In addition to writing projects, the kids’ schedules get busier and my volunteer activities increase.   

 

It has been three years since I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I hesitated to join in because I know how busy this time of the year always is for me. I sat down and asked myself a very important question: 

 

Can I work NaNoWriMo into my jam-packed schedule? 

 

To answer this question I had to consider what commitments I already made, and figure out where I was wasting time so I could create a realistic schedule that would allow me to add in a sizable project like NaNoWriMo. This schedule also needs to leave me a bit of room for the unexpected and not make me feel overwhelmed and exhausted. 

 

You can create a schedule that will work for you too.  Here’s how! 

 

The first thing to do is take out a piece of paper or fire up your computer—I go the paperless route because it’s one less thing to lose—and make three columns:  family/home, work, volunteering. 

 

Under each heading, list all you have to do for the next two months, noting deadlines where necessary. Then the real work begins. 

 

Review each item on your to-do list to see if it’s something you must work on, can delegate, or change the deadline on. You must also discipline yourself by eliminating distractions and interruptions, and also consider if you have the time to dedicate to volunteering. 

 

Let’s talk more about all of these and see how to create that realistic schedule you’re looking for. 

 

Delegate What You Can 

 

The easiest way to remove things from your to-do list is to delegate what you can.   

 

Gasp!  You mean I am expected to allow someone else to handle things I only trust myself to do?   

 

I know how tough it is to give up control of things because I struggle with it every day; but unless you want the entire holiday season to pass you by without enjoying a minute of it, you need to ask for help. Household chores, errands, even meal preparation can be delegated to other members of your household. Even small children can assist in keeping the living areas of your home clean by picking up their messes before bedtime. Yeah, people might gripe when you ask, but they will enjoy a less stressed you and appreciate spending more time together during the holidays. 

 

Read the entire article here

 

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Making Your Villain Vile

Creating Antagonists who Really Antagonize


Rachel Carrington 
- All Rights Reserved

 

Have you ever started writing a romantic suspense and fallen in love with the hero and heroine only to find yourself disgusted with the villain? You’ve labored over your characters, given them depth, emotional strengths, and made them shine—only to discover that your antagonist is more sad than bad. 

 

We've all seen the cartoonish bad guys from early television series, and that's definitely not what your goal should be when you're creating your own Dr. Evil. So the question is how do you create that character that makes everyone shiver, the one who adds the punch to your suspense novel, and sends chills down your readers’ spines? 

 

No matter what type of villain you’re creating, whether an obsessed co-worker or an embezzler desperate to cover up his* crime, you need to identify your villain’s purpose. I know, I know. His purpose is to add tension to the storyline and create the suspense it needs to carry the plot. Right? Well, technically, but your villain has to have a purpose of his own, a goal, so to speak.  

 

What makes him a villain? What makes him integral to the storyline? If he could be removed without his absence affecting the storyline, then his purpose hasn’t been clearly defined. So that’s the first thing we need to start with in your quest to create a vile villain.  

 

Let’s just say, for example, that your villain is a serial killer who only kills blonde women. Why? What is his reason for killing only women, especially only blonde? And how does this affect your hero and heroine in the book? What is his ultimate goal by the end of the book? To kill all the blonde women in the city or to kill the one blonde woman he really wants to, like, perhaps, the hero’s ex-wife? Maybe he has a grudge against the hero. So there are two of the villain’s potential purposes. Okay, his purpose is established. Now, let’s move on to the depth of your character. 

 

While the identity of a killer can certainly come out of left field and surprise your readers, he still needs that depth which will make the shocking revelation believable. Throughout the entire book, his character needs to be developed through thoughts, point of view scenes, his action, and discoveries made by the other characters. 
 

 

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