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Recession Tips: Freelancing through tough times
Nine accomplished freelancers offer tips for surviving the current economic storm. Be willing to adapt your strategies, they say, and you can even find new opportunities.
Recession Tips: Timely advice from agents
Six literary agents weigh in on how to weather the economy and keep writing. Start with durability, marketing savvy and platform, advises one veteran.
Recession Tips: Make an extra $1,000 a month
It may be time to get flexible. The author suggests some targets and strategies you may not have considered.
Recession Tips: Rewrite print articles for the Web
Learn the differences in online writing and you can develop another source of income. The writer has done it many times.
Get Started: Find rich details in the real world
The scent of a luscious Hungarian dish ... the sound of the ocean ... the feel of a handgun. Sometimes you have to leave the office for sensory details.
Breakthrough: Lost in imitation, he finally found his voice
Our author's journey made him wonder: Am I so bent on imitating a famous writer for fear of failing as myself?
Off the Cuff: 7 key principles for writing success
A novelist and freelancer shares what it takes to maintain a career for 25 years.
Writing her way into the story
For bestselling novelist Alice Hoffman, a "skeleton" framework helps at the start, but you only discover the heart of your tale by trying to create it.
Archive: Make your story fly
Our famous writer, a master of the action-adventure novel, shares pacing tips for writing a book that readers can't put down.
Step by Step: Watch your pace
You can create a more engaging story by focusing on five critical elements.
The benefits of a professional critique
Manuscript consultants at writers conferences can make repairs, help you polish your work, force better pitches--and let you know it's time to kill off a lead character.
Step by Step: The big 'bang' approach
A writing coach offers a four-step approach you can use to take yourself from idea to completion on every writing project.
Writer at Work: A tragedy transformed
How one writer turned the Pan Am 103 disaster over Lockerbie, Scotland, into an award-winning short story.
Business Freelancing: Set up a Web site to sell your services
One of the nation's top copywriters tells you what key elements to include and how to drum up business.
Market Focus: Read all about it: Newspaper writing
Despite serious travails in the industry, our premier newspapers remain a viable market for freelancers.
Literary Spotlight: The Sun
This month's spotlight is on the literary journal The Sun, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Self-publishing grows despite hard economic times
Boom times for self-publishing, what you can do in 5 minutes, plus the debut of a bimonthly column by author/freelancer Stephanie Dickison, an excerpt from a writing book, and more.
Tin House gathers varied craft essays
Reviews of "The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House"; "Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir" by Sue William Silverman; and "Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process" by Barbara Shoup and Margaret Love-Denman.
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How I write
As developing writers, put yourself in a position to receive deadlines and quality feedback, Edmund White advises.