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10 basics of strong writing
Strong writing is no accident. If you break it down, you can learn a lot about how to improve your work. A prolific author offers a list of 10 easy things to do--or avoid.
You've got 5 seconds
Many aspiring writers of commercial fiction are ignoring a critical rule of publication: Grab the reader at the start--or fail.
How the best writers hook readers
The opening paragraph in nonfiction carries a heavy burden. Take a look at some great openers that work quickly, and draw some inspiration for your own work.
Scene One can make or break your screenplay
How you open your screenplay is crucial for engaging the reader. Here are some key elements your first scene must have.
Surviving MFA critiques
Without some preparation, MFA critique sessions can be a bruising experience. Here are some resources to help make it a beneficial experience.
Jimmy Carter: How a president writes
The very disciplined Jimmy Carter has managed to write 16 books amid his many humanitarian efforts as a "retired" president. Now he's broken into fiction with the first novel ever written by a president.
3rd annual 'Writers who make a difference' awards
We selected six authors who have made a significant contribution to the writing community.
Off the cuff
After 30 books, the author offers some strategies for moving your book from start to finish, and reaching that magical place where all the action reaches critical mass.
Just because you love a book is no reason to write a screenplay based on it "on spec," advises literary agent and author Noah Lukeman.
Garrison Keillor on yielding to his characters, Toni Morrison on pesky commas, and other literary notes.
After crunching some facts and numbers, our columnist concludes that e-books have emerged from their maiden voyage as a respectable publishing option for authors.
It's tax time again, and time to remind writers of some key issues and important tasks.
A review of Joyce Carol Oates' The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art.
Alumni magazines: A hidden market
Is is possible--an underqueried article market? Yes, and we'll tell you how to approach it, starting with your own alma mater.
Editors at running, bicycling and waterskiing magazines tell how to break into their markets with as little sweat as possible.
Announcing a Writers' Exchange essay contest on the topic of "breaking the rules," plus general and literary pubs and more.
How I write
For Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, the "click" means her material is coming together.
Index of advertisers