About Shery Ma Belle Arrieta

Shery is the creator of WriteSparks! - a software that generates over 500,000 Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks! Lite for fr*e - http://writesparks.com
The 5-Minute Writer

Five minutes. That’s all you need to begin writing. You don’t have to set aside a morning, a day or even a weekend to write.

7 Ways to Get More Mileage from Your Free Reprint Articles

Do you have old free reprint articles gathering dust? Transform and re-submit them to give your business, product or service another boost!

A Story to Tell: A Quick Guide to Narrative Writing

“So what happened?”

When someone asks you that, what do you say? You respond by telling a story – when it happened, where it happened, how it happened and why it happened.

Writing Vivid Descriptions
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Vivid and clear descriptions make stories come alive. Concrete and specific details paint a more memorable picture for your reader.

The Bottomless Notebook

Reading through a writer’s notebook or journal is like discovering pearls, rubies and diamonds amidst a pile of rubble.

Write Where You Are

I caught the writing bug when I was ten, when I joined an essay writing contest. The topic was: “Where did you spend summer and what did you do?”

7 Writing Muse Kickers to Fill Up That Blank Page

Nothing is more daunting for any writer than having to stare at a blank sheet of paper.

Write Possibilities

We writers are a powerful lot. We control time. We dictate actions. We control destinies.

Showing (and Writing) It Right

Good writers show, instead of tell. Don’t just write:

Run Profitable Contests with the Aid of Autoresponders

Running a contest for your e-zine subscribers or web site visitors is one way you can generate interest and give more exposure for products or services you want to promote.

A contest could be as simple as spotting a word or a set of words within an e-zine’s issue or searching for a graphic on a site. A contest can run for one issue, or it can last for a month or more.

If you plan to run a contest, make sure you have a “contest management response system” in place.

This could be as simple as an automated e-mail receipt to let your participants know their entry has been received.

Run a contest that asks your participants to send their responses to specific e-mail addresses. Then create an automated receipt confirmation for each account.

Write That First Draft First…Then Get Published

Anne Lamott wasn’t so subtle about what she thought of first drafts in her book, Bird by Bird. In fact, she started off by writing, “Now, practically even better news than that of short assignments is the idea of shitty first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.”

I’ve Got My SIte Up, But Where Are My Hits?

It’s not enough that you’ve built a great-looking website for your products or services if you aren’t getting any visitors or hits. Your website will be like a very dressed-up store but with no one coming in to buy, and worse, not one even tries to windowshop. Once you get your site up, don’t ever assume that people will stop and flock by the hundreds just to look at your site. With over three million websites on the Internet today, don’t expect that you’ll get noticed right away without doing anything.