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A publisher's new spin on a proposal leads to a LEGO memoir
After 15 rejections from publishers, the writer’s proposal finally won
an offer—but it wasn’t exactly for the book he had proposed.
Poetry and the art of sound
Our accomplished poet offers advice on how to manipulate the musicality of language to help convey your meaning.
Finding the right design
For David Wroblewski, author of the hit novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, the parallels between developing software and writing fiction are striking.
How to untie your writing knots
They’re different than writer’s block, but their main cause—having too much to say—can similarly make your work grind to a halt.
How to cope with rejection
Learn why editors say no, how to decipher their letters, and what you can and should do to move on.
Feasting at a writers conference
A conference is a great place to scout out an editor to hire, or to form
a writers group for the future. Check out those ideas, and seven other
ways to fill your literary plate.
COVER STORY: Secrets to selling your first book
An eight-time author offers a wealth of tips for clueing in to the right things and landing a publishing contract.
Rosanne Cash: In love with songs—and words
When not busy as one of the top names in country music, Rosanne Cash has
found “the melody of prose” in memoir, short fiction and essays.
Journaling without the tedium
The writer has found some specific approaches that put the creativity, ideas and enjoyment back into journal-keeping.
Writer at Work: 'What really happened'
Despite her fictional license, a writer wrestled with the truth of how her great-grandparents were really killed in Italy.
Connecting with nature markets
Editors in this topical area are looking for surprising environmental stories that feature a human element.
Literary Spotlight: The Gettsburg Review
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal The Gettysburg Review, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Ask The Writer: At what point should I show my work to someone?
Dueling With Words: How to (at least try to) schedule a novel
A website helps writers raise money
A documentary on 'bad writing' explores the creative process
A reference book worthy of shelf space
Book Review: Sol Stein's Reference Book for Writers by Sol Stein
A teacher instills words of wisdom
Book Review: Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt
This month, our guide to writers conferences, plus tips from the
conference organizer of Bouchercon and the board president of Sisters in
Crime, a crime-writers’ association for women.
How I Write
Bestselling novelist Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez prefers to craft a detailed
outline—then immerse herself in 15- to 20-hour days of writing.