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Editing Tips

Here at the Ruff Drafts editorial desk, we spend our time reviewing and editing your submissions. We try to keep your story and voice intact while catching grammatical faux pas, misspellings and typos. It’s not…

Tips & Tactics | May 22, 2024

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Merrie Meyers

Book Promotion Planning

Over the years, I’ve marveled at how accomplished our members are. So many books are published by our prolific community in such a short time! Many of the books are self-published, or produced by small…

Tips & Tactics | May 15, 2024

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20 Tips to Help You Improve Your Writing

Writing is an art that requires a mastery of tools. Technology can be an asset or an annoyance for writers. But with a slew of tools out there, finding the ones that fit your needs…

Tips & Tactics | May 8, 2024

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Merrie Meyers

Ten Graphic Mistakes to Avoid in Marketing Pieces

Many DWAA members design their own promotional materials. In 2005, Robert W. Bly published “The Content Marketing Handbook” to help writers increase the appeal of their work. This article summarizes the 10 most common graphic…

Tips & Tactics | May 1, 2024

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

The assignment was given, and the deadline is looming, but the words won’t come. Sound familiar? If so, you’re well acquainted with the dreaded ailment, Writer’s Block. Who among us hasn’t experienced this problem at…

Tips & Tactics | April 24, 2024

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Merrie Meyers

Pitching and Punting

For many of you, pitching a story is a no-brainer. You could do it in your sleep. You have a solid reputation of delivering for a chosen media outlet, and they only have to read…

Tips & Tactics | April 17, 2024

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Angela Capodanno

Managing Your DWAA Membership

You may have noticed changes to the DWAA website in recent months, including improvements to the Writing Competition entry process, and how we published the entries for public viewing. In this article, I’d like to…

Tips & Tactics | April 8, 2024

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Carol Bryant

How To Become A Freelance Writer

I would like to take on a little freelance writing work. So, either guest blogging that is paid, or actual writing for publications. I do have a LinkedIn profile, but it’s all from my corporate…

Tips & Tactics | May 25, 2019