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The joy (and fear) of writing about sex
Writing about sex can make you feel like an insecure 13-year-old again, but what are you to do when your characters--and your story--insist on it? Here are some tips on getting naked.
Make your characters talk like real people
You can do everything else right when writing a romance, but if your characters talk unnaturally, you'll lose your reader.
If you've given any thought to self-publishing, you won't want to miss these practical tips on making yours a successful experience. Plus, sidebars by Cal Orey and Magdalena Ball offer self-publishing success stories and advice on how to get your book reviewed.
Never underestimate the power of a good contest
The odds may be steep, but writing contests can bring discipline, focus--even a theme and a deadline--to your work.
Off the cuff
Writers in good company
Yes, writing can be a tough business, but it's not an exclusive club. Consider all the wonderful, intimate guides you have to getting better and gaining admittance. Plus, the author's wry look at the pros and cons of the writing life.
The new and improved adverb
The lowly adverb has gotten a bad rap over the years, but the smart use of 'ly' words by some writers these days may give you pause.
This month, advice on how to find an agent who is compatible with you and your project, from the members of WritersX4.
Daniel Handler--aka Lemony Snicket--on his surprising success, John Fowles on the virtues of writerly seclusion, and other literary notes.
An e-mail newsletter can be an easy, effective way to promote your work, but if you want it to succeed, there are some key questions to answer first.
Scout out ideas in your local paper
A casual glance through the local newspaper gave the writer a story idea that helped her land twice in a national publication.
Custom magazines offer lucrative market niche
If you're a freelancer, you probably know your consumer pubs from your trade pubs, but you'll want to bone up on a third category: custom publications.
Reviews of Ralph Keyes' The Writers Book of Hope and Steven Frank's The Pen Commandments.
What's new, pussycat? Writing about animals
There's an awful lot of pets and other animals around--and an awful lot of publications writing about them. Here's a primer.
Imprints seek black and Latino voices
Most of the big publishers now have imprints for specialized areas. Here's a closer look at the opportunities imprints are providing for African-American and Hispanic writers.
How I write
Allison Pearson tackles the plight of the modern woman: juggling work and family life.
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