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The Play's the Thing
By Susan Shafer
During downtime from writing for the education market, I sometimes vary my time by working on a play. Does playwriting offer an income stream? Hardly. But I find that it offers other benefits that enhance my writing life.

I started writing plays through an unexpected assignment. For 15 years, I had been earning my living by writing for the school market. I might write a biography of an astronaut for one children's publisher or a lesson on synonyms for another.
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4 Reasons You Need a Business Plan for Your Book
Writer's Digest
If you are like most writers, when you get an idea for a book, you want to start immediately. If you are a mapper or plotter, you may stop to outline your scenes or your content prior to sitting down to write.
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Google Plus Now Integrated with Authorship Program
Small Business Trends
There's now an easier way to get authorship attribution for your content by using your Google Plus sign in.
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Storytelling Ads May Be Journalism's New Peril
The New York Times
When the guy who ruined the Internet with banner ads tells you that a new kind of advertising might destroy journalism, it tends to get your attention. That’s not entirely fair. Joe McCambley, founder of The Wonderfactory, a digital design firm, helped build the first banner ad back in 1994. It was a much-maligned innovation that grew like kudzu until it had all but overwhelmed the consumer Web, defining its look and economics for years to come.
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Looking for New Writing Tactics? Read Widely.
The Writer
How should I write?

The number of options is paralyzing. Should I outline in advance or let the characters command the story? Edit as I go or write the first draft in one sweep? Write what I know, or write what I don’t know? Write a page a day, a page a week or whenever the muse moves me? Conflicting answers can daunt writers who struggle to find the right technique.

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Why You Need To Verify Tweets Before Including Them In Your Reporting
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The New York Times social media staff editor Daniel Victor shared a simple tweet last night that says a lot about the hit-and-run-with-it journalism industry today.
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How a Self Published YA Author Found His Ideal Illustrator
GalleyCat
Author Hillel Cooperman decided to serialize a beta-version of self-published young adult book on Facebook this month. At The Madrona Heroes Register page, he will reveal new chapters and new illustrations every day.
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