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10 ways to put the thrill in thriller
A seasoned thriller writer and teacher spills the goods on how to more effectively grab your reader and suspend his disbelief, build character and setting, and--lest we forget--explode time.
Larry Watson: Master of emotional conflict
The author of the critically acclaimed Montana 1948 and other fine novels discusses the surprising ways his fiction takes shape, and the importance of creating rounded characters and choosing the right point of view.
Publishers discover African-American readers
Readers and editors are on the lookout for fresh stories about the black experience. Here are some tips on succeeding in this blossoming market.
Writing 'on spec': a risky business that can pay off
Many freelancers advise against ever writing "on spec," but our writer begs to differ, saying there's a time and place for this practice.
Create a worthy villain
Don't neglect your villains, warns a veteran mystery writer, for it is they who will truly test your hero and create the suspense you need.
Get inspired: Visit these 12 literary haunts
Walking in the footsteps of your favorite writers offers an interesting trip and inspiration, too. Here are 12 journeys to consider.
Thoughts on rejection in the middle of the night
The benign view of rejection notes the author offers her writing students gets quite a bit edgier at night, she finds.
Why Ford Fiestas will be showing up in Carole Matthews' novels, contest and conference listings, Dear Writer and more.
What genre is right for you?
Now that you've gotten serious about writing, what is it you're going to write about anyway? This column can help you decide.
Be alert to opportunity, says our writer, whose first book was purchased by the first publisher she tried and even landed a spot on Good Morning America.
Earn more: Teach writing online
Writers can turn their expertise into cash by becoming an online instructor. Here's a look at what you need to know.
The writing life goes digital
A number of now-basic electronic tools can boost your productivity. Here's an overview of what they can do, and how to think about your buying decision.
Off the cuff
A poet's 'foggy muddle'
Our writer reflects on the "dribs and drabs"--or the sudden radiant glimpse through our mental fog--that so often seems to fuel the creative process.
Reviews of Seven Steps on the Writer's Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott, Reading New York by John Tytell, and more.
Write guidebooks and get paid to travel
You won't get rich writing guidebooks, but they offer writers a way to get paid to travel, boost their knowledge and advance their writing career. Besides, you never know what other doors they'll open.
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