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Writing for Free

Writing for free is a great idea when you have never published anything before.

There are any number of sites such as CommuterLit or FanStory (which also offers critiques by
members) and, yes, they are wonderful opportunities if you have never had a story published before. They offer you the chance to see your story … and your name, in print.

roller-coaster-449137__180That is one heck of a thrill.

But, after that thrill has been enjoyed a couple of times – heck, even a few times, it’s time to start thinking seriously about your future as a writer. Free publishing of your stories will only lead you so far. No one appreciates anything that is given away free. If you intend to actually crack into the world of novels, then it’s time to up your ante. That means selling your stories to publications that pay (and there are plenty who do so … from small to big bucks) as well as entering writing contests and competitions.


There are plenty of those as well. One potential problem with contests and competitions is you could enter up spending hundreds of dollars on entry fees. But never fear – help is near. There are a huge amount of free (yes, you heard right – free) competitions that you can enter. And, best of all, some of them pay big bucks. You’ll never know if you can win unless you enter.

Then, when you send out that all important query foShaping Your Storyhttp://beyond-the-lamppost.com/creative-writing-classes/r your book, you will have the opportunity of adding that you are the winner of such and such competition. What a way to get your name known and to start publicizing your novel. And, from there, the sky is the limit.

What are you doing to publicize your stories?



Tues. afternoons January 12 – March 29 in Oakville “Shaping Your Story

Wed. afternoons January 13 – March 30 in Oakville “Get Your Story Finished

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