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Tips for Cutting Your Writing Business Expenses

Reevaluating your writing expenses at least yearly will help you bring more money to your bottom line. Look at everything you spend money on and see what you can cut to boost your bottom line. You will be amazed.

  1. Think like a student – Stock up on all your supplies during the back to school season. Paper, pens, envelops, folders are a lot less expensive during that time of year.
  2. Look at your phone cost – Do you have multiple lines? (phone and fax) How much do you really use your fax line? Getting rid of a line can save you lots of money every month.
  3. Send more e-mail queries – This saves paper, envelops and stamps.
  4. Stop printing everything – You’ll save paper, ink and the environment.
  5. Ask for a discount – When you travel to teach workshops, cover a conference or an interview, ask the organization if they have a discount with an airline or the hotel.
  6. Use your library card – The library subscribes to tons on magazines so you don’t have to. Do your research at the library or get articles on-line for free.
  7. Use coupons – Before you go out and buy anything go on-line and see if there is a coupon or on-line code for the product you need.
  8. Make the most out of your cell phone – Look at how you use your phone. Could you get rid of your land line? Do you have a lot of unused minutes or could you switch to a less expensive plan?
  9. Stay at home – Save money on travel and make more per hour by doing interviews by phone.
  10. Recycle printer cartridges – Take your used cartridges back to your office supply of choice and recycle it. Most will give you several dollars for the used one to use toward the price of the new one.

I’m sure this list of items has gotten you thinking about all the places you can cut costs and put more of your writing money in your pocket.


Short Story Crash Course Now Available

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Short Story Crash Course

Short Story Crash Course is an intensive 21 day course that will whip your stories into shape. We’ll take your manuscripts from desk drawer to editor’s desk in three weeks.

All those stories languishing in your drawer will receive new life as a published piece.

You’ll learn how to evaluate, organize and prioritize your stories. You’ll learn the steps to effective self-editing and how to recruit beta readers. You’ll learn how to identify your stories genre and how to research the market. (A list of helpful sites are included) You’ll learn how to write a cover letter, format your manuscript, assemble a submissions packet and create a tracking sheet for all your submissions.

Short Story Crash Course includes a course book, and three weeks off writing assignments. Each week you are given objectives to complete. If you complete the objectives before it’s time to move on to the next set of assignments, there is a bonus or stretch assignment to keep your momentum going.

This is a self-contained course. Everything you need, you’ll find in the course book.

How do you know this method works? Laura has used this method to publish over 60 titles and counting.

What are you waiting for? Take your writing to the next level and move your stories from drawer to editor’s desk in only 21 days.

To purchase Short Story Crash Course for only $9.99 Click HERE.

Coming Soon – Short Story Crash Course Full Throttle.

The Full Throttle Course takes everything from the self-contained course and cranks it up all the way. In the Full Throttle course you receive critiques of two stories, check ins and questions answered as if in “live” class. Registration will open in the coming weeks.


Character Writing Exercise

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Character Writing Exercise

Your character has been stranded on an island after a ship wreck. He and one other person survived. They have been stranded for thirty days and there is only one day of food left. What does your character do?

This is a fun exercises and writing prompt really. You can take one of your existing characters and put them in this situation and see how they react. You can discover a lot about your character by putting them in a stressful situation. Also the other person can be male or female. How would your character act in those two different situations?

Have a great day and happy writing.

SMART Writing Goals

SMART Writing Goals

Every month I get together with my goal setting group to share my goals. I put a lot of thought into what I want to accomplish with my writing. I love writing, but it’s also my job. So I have to be intentional about my writing.

Here is how I approach my goal setting. I write SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

Here is an example

Goal is to finish complete polished draft of Amazing but True – Full Moon by end of month and submit to editor for publication.

Is the goal specific? Yes, I have laid out exactly what needs to be done.

Is it measurable? Yes, I can measure my progress by what I’m editing and re-writing.

Is it attainable? Yes, in this case I already have a finished first draft. If I was starting from scratch this goal would be a stretch to make.

Is it realistic? Yes, again since I have the finished first draft. If it was from scratch then this goal wouldn’t be realistic.

Is it timely? Yes, this is a short term goal. I can complete in a timely manner.

Using this method I can set goals I know are doable. Doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be tons of work but they are doable.

When setting a goal you want to remember to set a goal you have control over. I’m in 100% control of finishing my book. If my goal was to sell ten articles this month. That wouldn’t be in my control. The editors decide what they’re going to purchase. I only can control what I write and submit. So to modify that goal, my goal is to submit ten articles to magazines this month.

I hope this insight into goal setting has been helpful. I practically live by my monthly goal sheet.

Have a great day.

Limited Time Offer Free Enrollment in Journaling E-course

Journaling Guide and E-course

Journaling Guide and E-course

Do you want to take my Journaling E-course for free? Read the course description below and decide.

Journaling Guide and E-course

This insightful book and e-course will help you discover an exciting new way to express yourself. You’ll discover how you can use your journal to explore your thoughts, feelings and values. You’ll also learn how to use your journal to support the discovery of the true you. Journaling in this way opens you to the possibilities of transformation and personal growth.

There are many positive benefits to journaling. It can help you with your personal growth and development, gaining insight into yourself, problem solving and stress reduction. Journaling can help you through times of lose and grieving to assist you through the healing process. It’s also a place to reflect on the happy events in our lives, our relationships and how they affect us.

There are no rules in journal writing but writing.

As part of this journaling guide is an e-course. This thirty day course will help you create a lifelong journaling habit. You will receive a daily e-mail with a question, a quote that will have you reflect on journaling, an exercise and additional insights. Even though you receive daily e-mails this class is self-paced. Enroll and start learning today. Your first lesson comes within minutes of enrollment confirmation.

At the end of the thirty days you will have established a positive journaling habit and routine.

I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What’s the catch?” There’s no catch. I want to offer the course to my followers for free, but this is a limited time offer. This course’s enrollment free is usually $14.95.

To enroll in the Journaling E-course for Free (a $14.95 value) click HERE and enter the Coupon Code CL73Z.

After taking the course, I would love to know what you thought of it. Please send me an e-mail letting me know.

Remember this is a limited time offer. The coupon code expires on May 30th, 2013. Don’t waste any time and enroll today. You’ll be glad you did.

Laura K Marshall

Course Instructor

Imagery Writing Exercises

freeimage-4294575A successful image plugs the reader right into the story. They can feel, hear, see and even smell what’s going on. You want your reader to be completely immersed in your story as if they are a part of it.

Consider the two following lines. “Clara was weak.” versus, “Clara was unable to heave her body from the chair.”

Which one of these statements makes you want to know more or what happens next?

It’s now time to practice creating images that give your writing a boost. Rewrite these four statements with imagery.

I hate cauliflower.

Her shirt was a mess.

The sun is bright.

His room is messy.

Now that you have the hang of this, pull out a draft of something you’ve been working on and try to make vague lines more vivid with imagery.

Have a great day writing.

I remember my first … Journal Writing Exercise

I remember my first …

We have all had a life time full of firsts. The first time we rode a bike, first day of school, first trip to the coast, first date, first kiss, first job, and so forth. Our lives are full of experiences but there’s something about the first time you do something that really sticks with you. Think about a first that really stands out for you. Write everything you can remember about that first. Who was there, what you were feeling, the weather, events leading up to the first, etc. Don’t hold back. Let the experience of the first flow over and through you. Give every detail you can remember.

Are you interested in learning more about Journal Writing? Then check out my Journaling Guide and E-course. I take you through the process of establishing a positive journaling routine through daily e-mail course work. I would love to take you through the journaling journey. To find out more and to enroll. Click HERE.

Have a great day and happy writing.