Start journaling your heart out today. Have your very own Journaling Kit™ shipped to your doorstep...FREE!

E-books Workshops
Free Course
Support Us
Founded April 2000. A Writer's Digest Magazine 101 best Web sites for writers (2001 & 2003)
Outwitting Writer's Block by Jenna Glatzer
Secrets of a Successful Freelancer
The Funny Times

Buy a novel by Lucille Bellucci at and receive these .pdf bonuses:

  • 17 Ways to Make Amazon Your River of Gold
  • Make Money with Radio
  • Success Bound
  • Book Promotion: NOT for Sissies
  • Harvey Mackay Rolodex
  • Top 20 Talk Radio Topics
  • Harrison Bonus
  • Million Dollar Rolodex

    E-mail Lucille at lucil95783 AT aol DOT com to claim your bonuses.
  • Write Any Book in 28 Days... Or Less!
    Write Any Book in 28 Days... Or Less! New course reveals fresh secrets. Click here to learn more.

    The Secret Behind Creativity REVEALED! It's all in the brainwaves. Find out here!

    EasyEbookPro Books

    Click here to advertise with us for 2 whole months for only $35!

    Home Articles

    Wise Advice for Aspiring Writers

    So you want to be a writer? People are different and have various methods of accomplishing the same result. So, I won't tell you to write every day for at least eight hours. For some of us that's an entire work day. But if you do have a fueling passion to one day be an author, there's no better time like now to start. There is no such thing as "I don't have time to write!"

    Ask yourself some legitimate questions:

    How many hours per day to do you spend watching television?

    How much time do you spend at your computer at home or at work reading or sending email?

    How much time do you spend reading magazines or talking on the telephone, catching up with near or distant relatives, family and friends?

    I'd say that with the time you spend doing the miscellaneous activities that I've mentioned, you can scoop together an hour at the very least to begin living your dream of being a writer. When you have a dream there is no one that will treat your dream like you will or pull out all of the stops making certain that you will achieve it. Below are a few rules of thumb just to get you started down the road to being a writer.

    Read. Read works by other writers. You can't get the feel of how a good novels flow or bad novels flow if you don't read. You also can't determine the genre your "would be" novel would fall into if you don't have anything to compare it to. So read as much as you can.

    Read non-fiction too. I highly suggest the Writer's Handbook by Sylvia K. Burack. It is a wonderful tool that no serious writer should be without.

    Buy a thesaurus and a dictionary. It isn't wise to use words that you don't know or can't use correctly in a sentence, thus the dictionary. In writing the thing you want to convey most is that you know what you're talking about. The thesaurus will come in handy so you don't get caught up in a limited or redundant vocabulary. You don't want to say, "she's beautiful ...she's beautiful...she's beautiful." You can say, "she's attractive...she's eye-catching...she's gorgeous." Readers love variety.

    Mentor. There are many authors who know what it's like to be an aspiring writer. You have some who won't mind helping you through the rough patches, but be careful not to be overly zealous. If your mentor is an author, they need time to dedicate to their craft as well, so be kind when approaching and don't take it personal if they don't have the time to walk you through every inch of the process. Eventually you will find someone who not only has time but a true desire to assist you.

    Finally have faith. Have faith in yourself and your work. If you don't it will show and why should someone else believe in you if you don't believe in yourself? Now I'm not saying boast. Be open to criticism and don't take it personally, but do believe in your work enough to not let suggestions make you feel like you shouldn't be writing at all.

    A final reminder, writing is a learning process, some have mastered it and some are still trying to find their way, be patient with yourself, and most of all while you will be tempted to publish your story the minute you complete it, always let an editor go through your story with a fine tooth comb to remove any unsightliness rather than have your readers complain about it later on. Hope this bit of advice helps you in your journey and aids you in reaching success.

    Copyright © 2003 Linda Dominique Grosvenor

    Linda Dominique Grosvenor is the Best Selling author of several novels including BLOOM, FEVER and LIKE BOOGIE ON TUESDAY (that is now in its 3rd printing). She is affectionately known as the Princess of Guerrilla Marketing. You can get more information on her affordable book promotion seminars at:

    The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between by Shery Russ

    WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! Kick start your imagination, ignite your creativity, and begin your journey towards becoming an outstanding writer.

    Grab a copy of WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! from and receive 2 free e-books to encourage and nurture the writer in you. You'll also receive Write Memories, a journaling workbook available for free only to WEEKLY WRITES book owners. And finally, as a WEEKLY WRITES book owner, you'll have free access to e-mail courses such as JOYFUL WRITES: Celebrate Your Life through Writing

    For excerpts, reviews and what you need to do to receive the 2 free e-books, Write Memories and sign up for free e-mail courses, just head on to the Weekly Writes Book Official Site. (Clicking on the link will open a new window.)


    The Journaling Life: 21 Types of Journals You Can Create to Express Yourself and Record Pieces of Your Life

    The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between

    Journaling Kit - Four Journaling Books to help you put your life and memories on paper


    The Web
    This Site

    Celebrate Your Life through Writing

    Creative Nurturing of the Writer Within

    6 Approaches to Journaling

    21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Muse

    Imagery in Writing


    Children's Writing
    Freelance Writing
    Science Fiction & Fantasy
    Technical Writing


    The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publishers Won't by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

    WEEKLY WRITES: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

    Home | Articles | Columns | Workshops | E-books | Free Course | Quotes | E-zines | Top Fives | Support Us
    © Copyright 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ & The e-Writer's Place.
    Materials appearing in this Web site are owned and copyrighted by their respective authors and/or writers. Please read our Privacy Policy and TOS. No part of this website may be reproduced without consent from its owner. Original site design by Shery Russ. Hosting & maintenance by
    WriteSparks! Lite free software for writers
    Our sister sites: | | | | | | | | Writers Web Designs | | Aspiring Authors | Books | | | | | |