Interesting Facts about the Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize — Interesting facts

Background info The Pulitzer is an annual award considered to be the highest honor bestowed upon journalists, writers, photographers and composers, among others. It was established by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism founder Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911). Recipients are chosen by an independent board every April and in 21 categories. Only American citizens are eligible for the Prize, with these exceptions: a non-U.S. citizen who has written a book of American history; a non-U.S. journalist […]

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New Twists on Old Clichés

New twists on old clichés

Note: I wrote this piece a while back for, which is my site for personal writings. I am posting it here to give you an example of how you can give a twist to something commonplace — in this case something very commonplace. Review your stable of writings. Are there any that could benefit from a new twist? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — and then blame others. What goes up must […]

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1776 by David McCullough

You need to read

After talking with a friend the other day, I got off the phone and thought: “She needs to read.” It’s a great way to get your mind off things, for sure, and to touch something deep, and to be entertained. And as important — to learn new stuff. I love new stuff. The world is so big and complicated and interesting. All this brain food feeds the head and heart, and before you know it, the […]

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Writing Myth #6 - You need time to write

Writing Myth #6 — You need lots of time to write

Join me each month as I share a myth from my book The 9 Biggest Writing Myths (and how to move beyond them). This month we’ll explore the myth about needing lots of time to write. When we think of writers, real writers, we imagine them holed up in their rooms for long stretches of time, telephones off and do-not-disturb signs on the door. Uninterrupted, their creative juices flow in a continuous stream, until hours later, feeling mentally […]

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The Elements of Style, by Willam Strunk, Jr.

9 famous self-published books

Source: Richard Nelson Bolles — What Color is Your Parachute (22 editions, 6 million copies, 11 languages and 288 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list). Tom Peters — In Search of Excellence (more than 25,000 copies sold directly to consumers in its first year). The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (sold more than 20,000 copies locally before authors sold it to William Morrow. It has now sold more than […]

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Make money writing? Here's how to price your work according to Beth Conny of Write Directions. Beth is a writer, editor and writing coach who consults with writers and their book projects, be they fiction or nonfiction.

Do you have empty pockets?

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty hearts and empty heads can do that. —Norman Vincent Peale Money is not a prerequisite for writing. Each and every moment you put toward your work compounds like interest in a bank, growing your investment, your craft, your sense of self as a writer.

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The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss

Book pick: Tim Ferriss and the “Four-hour Workweek/Body/Chef”

I’ve been a huge Tim Ferriss fan since reading his first book, the Four-hour Workweek, which I picked up again this week because I needed a refresher. A friend gave me a copy, even though she knows I’m not fond of self-help books. It’s hard to differentiate among them. Their advice is often hackneyed, whatever the subject. (Too, and this is embarrassing, self-help books sometimes make me feel crummy about myself. Anyone out there have that experience? If so, let […]

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Start writing your novel or nonfiction book, with this advice from Beth Conny, writing coach, author and founder of Write Directions for writers.

Writing Myth #4 — You have to begin correctly

What’s the best place to begin your project? At the only place you can begin—the beginning. Wherever the heck that may be. Beginnings vary from writer to writer. Some writers jump in by writing the pivotal scene of their novels and then working backwards. Others dash off to the library to gather reams of notes and quotes. Still others hole up in coffee shops to sketch by hand and heart the grand sweep of their literary vision. Ultimately, one beginning is […]

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Write Directions newsletter for writers and their books - how-to articles about writer's block, publishing, engaging writing - written by Beth Mende Conny, author and writing coach

Attention subscribers!

Heading your way — February’s Write Directions newsletter. Features include: 5 great websites for writers Word choice — the right word at the right time Inspirational quotes for writers Unblock Writer’s Block teleclass (no more procrastination!) Subscribers also gain access to previous newsletter issues!

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