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How to solve 6 interview quandaries [Get Started]
Should you get the interview first and then pitch, or vice-versa? Scribble your subject's answers, or tape-record them? Here's some advice on these and other issues.
Move abroad opened up her world of freelancing [Breakthrough]
How a change in scenery and strategy opened the freelancing doors to a young graduate student.
Is a writers group right for you?
Our author offers a balanced look at what it can do for you—and what it shouldn't do to you. Plus, a sidebar by Julie Compton on a specific critique method that helped get her novel published.
How to obtain sharp, useful critiques
How can you improve your group readers and avoid wishy-washy responses? Our writer offers some concrete suggestions.
A 'lone wolf' meets the pack
How one author concluded writing groups are not for her.
My writing mantra: Total risk, freedom, discipline [Off the Cuff]
The title of an art show gave our accomplished author the words she's learned to write by.
A 'crossover' success
On her way to a Pulitzer Prize, biographer Debby Applegate studied suspense techniques, while managing to straddle the fine line between academic and popular writing.
Write a poem in three phases [Archive]
To gain confidence in your work, know when to apply pressure—and when to relax and enjoy the writing process.
Moats, stars & ducks: My year in a castle [Winner of the 2008 Sylvia K. Burack Award]
A year of study in England offered our latest Burack-scholarship winner an unforgettable experience—and a vision of pure contentment.
5 articles I wish I'd written
Struck by the writers' fresh, engaging approaches to their subjects, our author set out to learn some things from them.
Tantalizing warm-ups [Excerpt]
In our final excerpt from Naming the World, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston, a group of fiction writers offers you some exercises sure to stir your creative juices.
Get the most out of your MFA program
Here's one writer's personal list of do's and don'ts to help keep you on track.
How to succeed in business writing [Business Freelancing]
Our new bimonthly columnist, an expert (and well-paid) copywriter, lists eight money-making strategies to expand your reach as a freelancer.
Writing for airline magazines [Market Focus]
Freelancers who wish to break into this lucrative market need to follow some simple rules.
The Threepenny Review [Literary Spotlight]
This month's spotlight is on the literary journal "The Threepenny Review," describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Letters from our readers
Authors face pressure to commit to one-book-a-year schedule
How some authors are feeling the pressure to write more books faster, plus other literary notes, a tricky-word quiz, an excerpt from a new writing book, and information on contests and conferences.
Reviews of 'How to Do Biography: A Primer' by Nigel Hamilton; 'How to Say It: Marketing with New Media—A Guide to Promoting Your Small Business Using Websites, E-zines, Blogs, and Podcasts' by Lena Claxton and Alison Woo; and 'Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teacher Never Told You About Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights' by Robert Schnakenberg
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How I write
To create whole new worlds, to decide which physical laws you're going to violate—is science-fiction writing fun or what? Just ask Kristin Landon.