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Get Started: 7 tricks for the perfect pitch
Boost the odds of writing a successful query by heeding these advice
points, which include "make your editor feel special" and be "local and
Breakthrough: Nothing like a fresh angle to grab an editor
Finding a fresh angle on a topic in the news got this writer into The New York Times and the New York Daily News.
Off the Cuff: Writing toward the light
A short-story writer realizes that the form he once considered “built for sadness” welcomes hope, too.
Poet to Poet: The top 5 poetry fallacies debunked
A number of persistent myths haunt the world of contemporary poetry,
says our columnist, who sticks her neck out to set the record straight.
Stop! Look! Listen!
Time is flying by, you’d better believe it. Shouldn’t you at least jot down your precious memories before they fade?
Archive: What to pack in your fiction tool kit
One of the top suspense authors takes you through the tricks of the novel-writing trade, starting with reading the classics.
Interview: Aiming for the universal
In her treatment of the friendship between Clara Schumann and Johannes
Brahms, and in her other novels, A. Manette Ansay aims for the universal
by writing through particulars.
Making time to write
An author of nine novels offers some advice on boosting your efficiency and productivity as a writer.
10 tough lessons to heed in your writing career
A novelist offers an array of business mistakes she’s made in her writing career—so that you won’t have to.
An experienced writer of short fiction offers a broad range of entry
points that can get you started, and the advantages and disadvantages of
Writing for the trades
You don’t need inside knowledge to write for industry magazines—just a good idea.
Create your own writer's retreat
It may not be the MacDowell Colony, but a “self-retreat” close to home can offer valuable and relatively inexpensive benefits.
The socially intelligent writer
A psychologist explains how to put the concept of “social IQ” to work in developing characters and their relationships.
Freelance Success: The two-part query test
Want a great tip on breaking into magazine journalism? Pitch ideas you
have some kind of personal experience or connection with, our columnist
Market Focus: How to edit an anthology
Seek out other writers to build a collection that offers unique answers to a key question.
Literary Spotlight: The Paris Review
This month’s spotlight is on the prestigious literary journal The Paris Review, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Cents and sensibility: A look at the Jane Austen juggernaut
Dueling With Words: In my book, party crashers are welcome
Children's writers band together for author events
At writing conferences don't forget to write
Writers confess their junk-food cravings
The craft welcomes writers of all ages
10 great writing books from 2010
A literary roundup to help you enhance your craft, feed your muse, or guide your holiday gift-giving.
Check out a list of markets in these areas: agents; food/drink,
home/garden and literary magazines; and publishers. Plus, information on
conferences and contests and helpful tips from editors at The Herb Companion and Natural Home.
How I Write
In finding his fictional ideas, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz looks to his own “weird compass” for inspiration.