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This seems like a very weird question to me. Why are you writing, exactly, if you don't like books? Do you think it's going to be a quick path to fame in lieu of an actual career? Because that's the feeling I'm getting from your question. On the other hand, if you've come to like books as an adult but you don't feel like you have the time to read, just ...


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I understand where you're coming from. Free time is a precious resource, especially as an adult. There's only so much to go around, however this may be a case of what you're reading rather than how much you read. In other words, reading higher quality writing less often is usually better than reading lower quality writing more often. I would start by ...


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Of course you can! I think it is a myth that you need to read a lot to be a good writer. I have never seen a scientific study that supported that claim. Do you need to watch a lot of sports to be a good sportsman? Do you need to listen to a lot of music to be a good singer? No. It will certainly help in your understanding of a craft to witness a master at ...


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I have contemplated a question similar to this which is: Can a person read "how to write" books and learn to write? I believe you can, if you read the right books. Now, what I believe you are actually asking is: Are there any shortcuts to learning to write well? You also seem to be asking this in light of the fact that you seem to also understand that ...


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Not really, no. That would be like trying to learn a foreign language without ever hearing it spoken or seeing it written. You can certainly write, inasmuch as you can write words down on a page. But that's not "becoming a good writer." if you have no idea what other books look like, then you'll basically be trying to invent the modern novel from scratch. ...


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Short answer: Possibly, are you a genius with lots of time? Long answer: I guess you could ask the same question about any field. Can I be a good painter without looking at other paintings? Can I be a good carpenter without looking at other cabinets? Can I be a good architect without looking at other buildings. (Fyi: I refuse to enter the building of an ...


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I can point you to a very good resource on hooks in songs, whether you are talking about lyric or musical hooks. The resource is the great (albeit older) book, The Craft of Lyric Writing, by Sheila Davis. The book is filled withe examples from real hits and other songs which have been produced by actual recording companies. The author touches upon the ...


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Honestly, even magazines and newspapers are online now. Plus, the responses and results might be a little quicker online. I'd say give them both a try and just see which one gives you more results. I know you can easily search for freelance writing jobs on Craigslist here: http://www.freelancewriting.com/freelancejobs/craigslist.php There are also countless ...



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