Your Audience Is Bored Already
David Murray is editor of Vital Speeches of the Day. Learn more at vsotd.com or by following @VitalSpeeches on Twitter.
It was a relatively good week for speeches and speechwriters!
On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth gave a widely appreciated televised speech calling on British citizens to show "the quiet, good-humored resolve" they've been known for going back to her first radio...
How to Write the Perfect Wedding Toast
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How to Write a Book with Content You Already Have
Are you interested in writing a book, but a little overwhelmed by the size of the project? If you’ve been working in your industry for a long time or you have your own business, you’ve probably already created a lot of content that could be a great starting point for a book. When you look at it this way, becoming a published author seems a lot less intimidating.
Amelia Forczak is passionate about...
Pay the Writer: Harlan Ellison’s Words Live On
This article was reposted from David Murray's blog with permission from the author.
I have been published in The New York Times, the Atlantic, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and many other publications; and I've had my work rejected by other periodicals, ranging from The New Yorker to Modern Drunkard magazine.
Now comes Cannabis...
Fanfiction Finally Gets Its Due
When I was a kid developing my obsession with The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins, I spent a lot of time coming up with my own ideas for the series. I would sketch out the covers, create the titles, and even write the back cover copy. I had no idea what I was doing back then had a name: fan fiction. And I definitely didn’t realize it was helping me grow as a writer.
For the uninitiated, fan fiction is any writing someone does that uses another writer’s characters and setting. And while fanfic as a concept isn’t new, the early-aughts saw the rise of online spaces like...
Ghostwriting is Collaboration: A Ghostwriter’s Thoughts on Authenticity and Authorship
The question of authorship and authenticity can be a fraught topic when working with a ghostwriter. We find that the subject comes up often in our world. It's very common (and generally widely accepted) for businesspeople, activists, public advocates, politicians, actors, influencers, and thought leaders to work with a ghostwriter. After all, a businessperson has