Now Available-Writers' Tricks of the Trade (the book)

This book of writing tips, writing tricks and writing techniques should be on every fiction writer's bookshelf! NOW AVAILABLE at Amazon, B&N, Books a Million, and most online booksellers or order from your favorite local bookstore.

Monday, October 15, 2018

FALL 2018 ISSUE OF WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE IS LIVE NOW


A new issue of Writers Tricks of the Trade Issue 3, Volume 8 magazine has been published.
You can now access it instantly in either the Flash (page turner) Digital edition or if you prefer, PDF.

DIGITAL EDITION
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Writers Tricks of the Trade is a free magazine written by writers for writers. Featuring helpful articles by regular columnists and guest writers, industry news, writers' conference listings and more. Published quarterly by Marina Publishing Group.
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Friday, August 24, 2018

YOU DON'T SAY FEATURE IN THE SUMMER 2018 ISSUE OF WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE

OXYMORONS

Mike and Morgan explore the pitfalls of the English language, because so many words are misused.  From words that sound alike, to ones that almost sound alike—redundancies, oxymorons and words that don’t really exist but are used every day.  The list goes on, and we’re going to have fun with them in every issue
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s with many other literary and rhetorical devices, oxymorons are used for a variety of purposes. Sometimes they are used to create some sort of drama for the reader or listener, and sometimes they are used to make the person stop and think, whether it's to laugh or to ponder.
One famous oxymoron is the phrase "the same difference." This phrase qualifies as an oxymoron because the words "same" and "difference" have completely opposite meanings. Therefore, bringing them together into one phrase produces a verbally puzzling, yet engaging, effect.

DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE TO SEE THE FUN THEY HAD WITH OXYMORONS


             

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

GET YOUR SUMMER 2018 ISSUE OF WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE ONLINE MAGAZINE NOW

Another information packed issue of the WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE online magazine is now available for download. Not only that, but the 3rd Edition of the book in paperback, Kindle and ePub was released this month.

If you are ordering the book from AMAZON it is in the Amazon Prime program. Also, if you order the paperback, which is very handy when you just want to flip to a certain section, you can get the Kindle edition free. 2 for 1, so you can also have it at your fingertips when you are on the go.

Here is what a few people have said about this handy compendium of useful information for fiction (and non-fiction) writers:

 "Keep it handy whenever you are blocked. A great book."
~John Brantingham, Professor of English

"You'll want to explore every page." 
~Maralys Wills, author Damn the Rejections--Full Steam Ahead

"Get smart. Get inspired. Get this book."
~Tony N. Todaro, Author, President Greater Los Angeles Writers Society


The ONLINE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE is written by authors and those in the publishing field and is filled with so many helpful articles in every issue plus select listings of writers' conferences nationally, and sometimes internationally. Best of all, it is free. You can download your copy at bit.ly/allWTTissues. Even easier so you don't miss an issue, sign up for a free subscription while you are checking out the issues.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

SPRING 2018 ISSUE OF WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE


Every issue is filled with writing advice, writer's conference listings, industry news, at least one short story and a book review. We are always open to submissions, so check out the submission guidelines in the first part of the magazine. Life Stories is always a good way to start with something nostalgic, endearing or shocking. Do you have a story?  Submit to wttmagazine@gmail.com


Spring Table of Contents


Friday, January 19, 2018

NEW ISSUE OF WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE ONLINE MAGAZINE

WELL, IT IS 2018 ALREADY AND WITH THAT THE WINTER 2018 ISSUE OF THE INFORMATIVE WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE MAGAZINE JUST PUBLISHED.

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REMEMBER, WE ARE OPEN TO ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

FALL ISSUE PUBLISHES EARLY

The Writers Tricks of the Trade online magazine usually publishes on the 15th of the month, but there is so much going on and great articles, we are publishing two days early.

Just click https://joom.ag/YCZL www.joomag.com
to download your free issue. Here is what you will find inside.





Monday, July 24, 2017

WRITING MEMOIRS FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS



Whether you aspire to publication, or want to preserve memories for yourself or family members and friends, memoirs are priceless. Without them, the wonderful times and recollections of people along the way, fade into obscurity.
You don’t have to be a famous author or a movie star, politician or captain of industry to have a story that will be of interest. Many people feel there was nothing interesting in their lives, and often ask, “What can I write?”  Well, there are many possibilities including favorite childhood toys, crushes, adult embarrassments, achievements and even forbidden exploits.

WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HAS A MEANING FOR YOU
Write about something that had a meaning for you. Maybe your purpose is to let future generations know what it was like when you were young, as my mother did in her memoir. Maybe you just have some special experiences to share. Time passes so quickly. Does today’s generation relate to what it was like not to have a cell phone with multiple applications at their beck and call? Do they have any idea of what a 45 record was? Where would Superman have been in today’s world. Most likely arrested for indecent exposure!
What about TV’s with tiny screens that only broadcast in black and white with an image that was pretty fuzzy? Or, worse yet, no TV?
Depending upon your age, your memoir can cover anything from days when cars were a rarity and had to be cranked up to the era when every movie theater showed two features, a cartoon and a newsreel, or maybe the funky clothes, beehive hairdos and big Afros from the 60’s.
I remember my ex-husband had a thick head of auburn hair that he wore in a big “fro” back then. Was an Afro ever meant to grace auburn hair?  My hair was all teased up, and we wore bellbottoms, vests that looked like recycled tablecloths, and that was just for starters. We considered ourselves hip. My adult kids say we dressed like the Mod Squad. One of the true stories of that era became the title story for “The MAFIA FUNERAL and Other Short Stories.”
Then there was the time in England, when I—  Sorry. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happened during three carefree weeks with hunky young men. However, let’s just say the term “cougar,” newly coined at the time, fits quite well.
See what I mean? Save that memory so it won’t be lost—sit down at your computer, or pull out pencil and paper. Whatever method you use, the time is now!


Here Are A Few Tools To Get You Started

STEP 1:  JUST BEGIN! 
Remember, without your story on paper, most of it could be gone forever. No more procrastinating, because we never know what tomorrow holds.
STEP 2: THAT PESKY QUESTION: WHAT WILL YOU WRITE ABOUT?
Things that mean something to you. List every possible thing that might be of interest to present and future generations, whether you aspire to publication or just want to share some special things in your life with friends or family. It could be something as simple as the time you were stung by a bee. Did that result in something funny, tragic, frustrating…?
STEP 3: QUIT WORRYING
Get past the fear that your life is just normal and boring. Use “triggers” to jumpstart your memoir. Here are a few good ones that might help:
·       My Uncle Archie was peculiar. He used to __________________
·       My mother never really liked my cousin, Susie. She often said __________________
·       My family says I look and act like my Grandmother Anna. She came to America from________in the year____and went to work as a ____________in (city).
·       Holidays in my house were a lot of drama. One time when we were all gathered, my aunt announced that she______________which led  to _______________________

It’s easy once you get the knack of it. Just writing this handout triggered many memories for me. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

LOOKING FORWARD TO A WONDERFUL 2017

The new year is here and we have pretty much a clean slate once again. There will be many changes in the coming year with the new administration and we must remain positive and hope for the best for America.

On the writing front a lot is going on. The magazine will now be published on a quarterly basis beginning with the January release of the Winter 2017 issue. We look forward to many helpful and informative articles, industry news, and new books, stories and accomplishments. 

Remember two things: You should never stop learning, even if you are an "old horse," and the magazine is filled with articles and information by writers for writers. So don't hesitate. If you have something you feel will be beneficial to fellow writers, by all means submit an article or information.

Do you have a brag? We would like to start a brag page for our readers. The original magazine had one, but then people stopped submitting their info and the page was deleted. It is okay to "blow your own horn." You earned it.