How Parenthood Opens Writing Opportunities
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by C Hope Clark
2d ago
I began my full-time writing career a few months before having my baby, and that new parental perspective helped provide the inspiration for many articles. I write nonfiction in the form of reported articles on everything from health to travel, but also more personal opinion pieces where I share my view on the world. As pregnancy, childbirth and new motherhood are intense experiences, they can add new layers to writing and inspire fresh ideas. Parenthood is a brand new life chapter which can alert you to themes or topics you hadn’t considered before. Even from early on in pregnancy, new idea a ..read more
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AI
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by C Hope Clark
2d ago
What is AI? AI is artificial intelligence which simulates human intelligence processes by the use of computers or machines. Some argue it has great value in writing the mundane, like blog posts, ad copy, and such. The computer is fed a collection of writing which it uses to create a document. I was recently in an online Zoom chat, and AI came up. Half the room argued that they use it like a thesaurus or a prompt or to get ideas on how to write better. They lean on it when they are at a loss for words. I get finding a word in a thesaurus, on occasion. I struggle with finding phrases, paragraphs ..read more
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Finding “That” Source
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by C Hope Clark
1w ago
Being a writer isn’t easy. One of the most common challenges is “that” elusive source or interview: the one that you (or an editor) relies on to make a piece solid. It’s usually the most difficult one to find. “That” source can be famous or high-level, though can also be someone with outdated contact information. Sometimes, a source has faded into the background – or deliberately obscured their contact info. How do you get in touch with sources who can’t (or won’t) be found? Here’s what you do. Sometimes, You Just Ask Celebrities and public figures aren’t always completely hidden. The first pl ..read more
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Use Your Book as a Key to Greater Success
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by C Hope Clark
2w ago
Books don’t make much money, but they do open doors. Even on the best of days, you can’t make a living off a book. In today’s publishing world you promote yourself and your book, while still making an income in other ways. But, a book, whether self-published or published by a traditional publisher, can give you creds and provide other means for income. Like most writers, you probably have another job. Whether a teacher or a server, use this knowledge to your advantage. Say you work at a restaurant that sells great cheeses. Cheese could be your book. You begin by speaking to your employer. Wher ..read more
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Be Careful on Social Media
FundsforWriters by Hope Clark
by C Hope Clark
2w ago
This week I was scrolling through social media, stalling before writing another chapter in my book, and ran across someone asking how in the world self-published people put out such bad covers. That launched a flurry of their people echoing in agreement. My response was: Who cares? Not my place to tell someone how to do their cover. A few more comments were made that they weren’t criticizing, just drawing conclusions about bad covers, maybe some about self-publishing. I wasn’t seeing the difference. A lot of hair-splitting explanation with the same end results: being critical. They would’ve b ..read more
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Fear of Failure
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by C Hope Clark
3w ago
Not long ago I was on a Zoom meeting of writers. We spoke of recommended how-to books, how AI is impacting writing and whether or not we’ve used it, and then show-don’t-tell. When it came time to brag about our individual successes, one writer spoke of how she had talked of writing, read of writing, and attended events on writing, but not followed through to complete a project. She was up to 50,000 words on a book, and we all commended her. She’d been writing for years. She admitted that the delay in writing came solely from fear of failure. Zoom meetings, writers clubs, and social media ..read more
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Write Nonfiction Articles to Build an Audience for Your Fiction
FundsforWriters by Hope Clark
by C Hope Clark
1M ago
The day my agent sold my newest novel for middle school readers, I sat down with a giant piece of paper and my daughter’s colored markers. I created a bubble graph of the topics and themes in the story and how I might explore them in nonfiction articles for newspapers and magazines. Though having been a journalist and author for over two decades, I took almost that long to realize that if I didn’t put significant time and energy into publicizing my books, sales would tank. Writing and publishing short pieces related to my books has proven to be a brilliant way to build a fan base and earn payc ..read more
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Setting is Money
FundsforWriters by Hope Clark
by C Hope Clark
1M ago
All of my books use real settings in the state of South Carolina. I can honestly say that the locations have done more to sell my books than anything else. SC settings like Edisto Island, Charleston, Chapin, Pelion, Walterboro, and Newberry can be found in my stories. Readers say, hey, I’ve been there, and they buy, wanting to revisit that place, or insert themselves into the familiar. In terms of Edisto Island, people have vacationed there, fallen in love with it, and while they can’t return anytime soon, they can at least revisit in a story. The Edisto Bookstore sold 1000+ copies last year ..read more
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Pitching with Efficiency
FundsforWriters by Hope Clark
by C Hope Clark
1M ago
When you discover you have the means to freelance, it becomes a blessing and a curse. On the upside, you have the ability to take the thoughts that go through your head and convert them into bylines and money. On the other hand, you feel like an overloaded dishwasher. With so many ideas you scramble to optimize that flow into what will best work for you. It can be overwhelming. Whether through limited energy or actual hours in the day, you’ll always have a time budget. That limitation should be present in deciding where to devote your energy. I write ideas down on a document called my pitch li ..read more
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Writing Memoir
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by C Hope Clark
1M ago
About this time of year we take measure of who we are, what we’ve accomplished, and what we’ve overcome. Then we often ponder where to take things from here. Many of us interpret those feelings as yearning for a memoir. We like to feel that what we experience is so profound that it needs to be shared with others so that they can learn how to live a better life, or learn what to avoid. The problem is we forget what a memoir is. It’s a true story that reads like a novel. Fact is, too many failed memoirs are little more than autobiographies. When writing a memoir, one has to remember the followi ..read more
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