The essential resource for writers
Join thousands of successful writers when you subscribe to The Writer magazine. Each month The Writer is full of features you can use to improve your writing, including before-and-after examples of improved writing, more literary markets than ever before, practical solutions for writing problems, selected literary magazine profiles, tips from famous authors and hands-on advice.
6 fantasy subgenres to inspire you
As part of her series on fantasy writing, our author helpfully takes a look at the bewildering variety of subgenres.
Recession forces a fresh try at writing at age 50
After the economy did in his “secure” career in retail, this Michigan writer took a fresh look at writing.
He's no slouch
Writing while lying down unlocked our writer’s creativity and playfulness—and made him more productive.
A deathbed scene loses some life
A weak setup and some overdone adverbs mar an otherwise engaging treatment of a grandmother’s confession.
Creating heart-pounding narrative fiction
In topics ranging from skyscrapers to Nazi war criminals, bestselling
author Neal Bascomb grabs readers’ attention, regardless of his
surprisingly varied topics.
Find new readers by presenting at conferences
Where to look for speaking opportunities, and how to pitch the show organizers.
Drive more traffic to your website and blog
Here are 20 ways to create more of the kind of congestion you want on the digital highway.
Take the cure for revision resistance
The real work of writing a novel, our novelist reminds you, “lies in
your ability to embrace revision.” Here are five steps to doing so—and
in the process improving the condition of your novel.
Find the right container for your story
How one writer found that radical revision can sometimes bring the essence of a tale to life.
Use a checklist to target character & conflict
These questions will make sure you’ve accomplished an ironic, but vital,
task—thwarting desire. Plus, a sidebar by veteran book editor Elizabeth
Lyon titled “When are you finished? 9 steps to the final revision.”
To trim, focus on the story points readers need
If you need to compress your fiction, consider the information that is truly needed—or not needed.
10 top freelancing faux pas
Ever wonder what behavior will land you on an editor’s do-not-call list? Look no further.
Don't start your story with a strong hook
A fiction writer and editor explains why a popular but worn-out line of advice won’t reel in readers.
How low is too low?
Here are some tips on deciding whether a small book advance is worth it.
How to price your writing services
This top copywriter discusses four key factors to help you determine if you’re charging the right fees, even in a recession.
Pet magazines want passionate writers
Break in by knowing your target publication and querying with ideas from your experience.
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal Eclectica.
The implications of e-book lending, a festival that makes writers pen a
play in a day, plus other literary notes, Stephanie Dickison’s
bi-monthly column on the freelancing life, a question for our Ask The Writer column, and more.
Reviews of What There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell, edited by Suzanne Marrs; Alphabetter Juice or, The Joy of Text by Roy Blount Jr.; and Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho.
This month, a list of history, hobby and literary publications. Plus,
information on agents, writing conferences, contests and publishers, and
helpful tips from editors at Rock & Gem and Fine Books & Collections.
How I Write
No matter what type of writing you do, you must get out from behind your desk and do some reporting, says Tom Wolfe.