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Breakthrough: Amid family losses and an Irish retreat, a voice emerges
It was a long road, but eventually our writer's words began having value to the harshest critic she knew: herself.
Poet to Poet: How to expand on a spark of an idea
To help get the poem in your head onto the page, ask yourself a series of questions.
Bestselling young-adult author Med Cabot, author of the Princess
Diaries series and much more, learned to be comfortable writing funny,
and to persevere amid endless rejections.
Navigate the copyright maze
What are the rules of the road for excerpting or quoting someone else's published work in your own writing? Here are a few tips to steer you straight.
Archive: Focus on the story, not readers
In fiction, if you write the story that wants to be told, you'll win a wider audience, our distinguished author wrote in 1985.
Special section: What makes literary fiction 'literary'?
What is literary fiction anyway, and how is it different from mainstream fiction? What are its editors looking for--and not looking for--and what can it mean to you?
Place your work in a literary journal and you earn credibility in the literary world. So here is one writer's no-holds-barred guide to submitting, including the best and worst times to submit, and how to "translate" a rejection note.
Predicting future trends can be a freelancer's ace in the hole, so here are some tips on how to cultivate that sixth sense. Plus, read Barry Michaels' sidebar on how to use anniversaries as pegs for all kinds of publications.
Freelance Success: How to impress agents and editors
Preparation is key for those potentially important one-on-one meetings at conferences and other events.
Literary Spotlight: Blackbird
This month the spotlight is on Blackbird, an online journal of literature and the arts, describing its "elegant, yet playful spirit," as well as its preferences and contributors.
The changing future of books
A few thoughts on how technology is changing our book culture, plus other literary notes, Lisa Shearin's regular bimonthly column, an excerpt from a new writing book, and more.
P.D. James celebrates mystery writers
This month, reviews of Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James; The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again, by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols; and Memoir: A History by Ben Yagoda.
Compiled by Martha Lundin
How I Write
For Zoe Heller, author of the novel Notes on a Scandal, writing gives her the chance to try to provide the satisfactions that other writers have given her.