July 2, 2012
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Possibilities abound with third person
Second person puts ‘you’ in the story
Second person, if done skillfully, can thrust readers into a drama in a way they aren’t with first or third person.
By Mary Miller
Newly jobless, writer moved ahead with a goal, a deadline and a plan B
After taking a cash buyout from his day job at age 58, the writer decided it was time to get serious about shopping his novel.
By Rex Owens
A sweet taste of giving up
When our writer encountered a block, she flirted with abandoning the craft altogether.
By Marcy Campbell
The Writer List: It’s never too late for these classic must-reads
Here are 25 enduring titles you may have missed or forgotten—but perhaps shouldn’t have.
By various contributors
Kicking down fences with Margaret Atwood
At 72, the distinguished writer has pushed herself to work in a variety of genres, dramatizing issues of gender, power and society.
By Gabriel Packard
Make your home page pop
Follow these basic principles to boost your Web traffic.
By Karen M. Rider
Put objects to work in your fiction
Something as simple as a quilt or an accordion can mean much more than just itself, opening a window onto theme, character, setting, tone and more.
By Paola Corso
How to take your fiction to the next level
A Simon & Schuster novelist who wasn’t creatively satisfied after five novels offers tips on getting even better.
By Pamela Redmond Satran
Want to get published? Be a contrarian
Put an ironic twist in your approach and you just may hook an editor.
By Diane Speare Triant
The art of writing about ‘sacred’ things
The author offers advice on one of the thorniest problems we face—how to address those issues and people that are seemingly private and off-limits to readers.
By Kelly Caldwell
5 free and easy ways to promote your book
No huge marketing campaign in the cards for you? Read these tips to get your work noticed.
By Erika Dreifus
Grab ’em by the eyeballs
The executive editor of an independent press advises you on how to get and keep the attention of small-press editors.
by Diane Goettel
Hugely successful—but never complacent
With 61 bestsellers on her résumé, Sandra Brown still feels that the more she writes, the more she needs to learn.
By Glenn Hunter
Make your novel ready for submission
Before contacting agents, review this six-point checklist to get your manuscript in top shape.
By Marilyn Allen and Coleen O’Shea
Conference Insider: Florida Writers Conference
You don’t have to be from Florida to join this lively group of writers in their annual conference.
By Martha Lundin
Writing for readers with disabilities
By tweaking topics you already cover, you can reach a new audience and boost your income. Here’s how.
By John K. Borchardt
Literary Spotlight: Juked sings praises of emerging writers
We describe the tone, preferences and contributors of a standout
By Melissa Hart
From the Editor
A few well-chosen words about picking ourselves up after rejection, a useful roundup of tablets and e-readers, plus Stephanie Dickison’s Letter From Toronto, a question for Ask The Writer, and more.
Reviews of four new books about writing.
This month, a list of publishers and self-publishers.
How I Write
For novelist Lauren Fox, a detailed outline gives her a sense of security—but also the freedom to veer off the path.
Interview by Sarah C. Lange