How to write a story?

1.      Use the time of a total stranger in such  a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2.      Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3.      Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4.      Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.
5.      Start as close to the end as possible.
6.      Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7.      Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8.      Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Phone Interview Tips

In today's world of Skype, instant messaging and smart phones, a simple telephone phone interview might seem old-fashioned. But if you're applying for a job or internship in another city and can't fly out to make the interview, some employers will still want to hear your voice and may have to conduct interviews on the go, as they're swamped with other commitments as well. Even if you don't consider yourself a good phone person, phone interviews do give you some advantage. You don't have to dress up or even take a shower, although a groggy voice will give away the fact that you overslept or stayed out too late even if the bags under your eyes are under wraps. Another benefit is that if most interviews are being conducted in person, the very fact that you're the phone interview applicant means you'll stand out. It's true that meeting in person might leave a stronger impression, but however you're able to set yourself apart, take advantage of it.