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Get Started: Do's and don'ts for finding a mentor
Finding a good mentor, our author says, is harder than landing a good
spouse. Here are tips to increase your chances of making a perfect
Breakthrough: Ex-intelligence officer brings 'mission focus'
The writer became an “overnight” success—after nearly six years of writing full time. But she learned a lot in those years.
Off the Cuff: Counting other writers' blessings
Is writer envy (you know that emotion, don’t you?) only destructive, or can it fuel our own drive to succeed?
NEW COLUMN! First Page: Not enough fireworks at the show
In the debut of a new bimonthly column that closely critiques a fiction
opening, our analyst finds a first page to be flat and unrevealing. See
Interview: An independent sort
Evan S. Connell, author of the classic novels Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge and a creative take on Gen. George Armstrong Custer, Son of the Morning Star, is still going strong—on a 50-year-old typewriter, no less.
Step by Step: Writing the passive character
Can such a protagonist still make interesting fiction? Yes, and the author shows you how.
21 questions to keep your screenplay on track
Use the writer’s planning checklist to ensure that your story has a strong foundation.
Interview: Follow your passion, not the market
The latter is an “absolute path to disaster,” says Steve Kloves, the acclaimed screenwriter of seven Harry Potter movies.
How can you put online networks to use without creating a monster that
devours your writing time? We surveyed six writers for effective goals
Make it up—or keep it real?
There are a lot of pros and cons to consider when deciding on your fictional setting. Our author lays them out for you.
Business Freelancing: How to negotiate with repeat clients
Consider the advantages and disadvantages before agreeing to a retainer or other fee plan.
Market Focus: Have success with a university press
University presses have moved far beyond their old image as publishers
of only esoteric or technical books. Their topical range is now very
broad, and in that fact may lie opportunity.
Literary Spotlight: The Antioch Review
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal The Antioch Review,
describing the tone, editorial preferences and contributors of one of
the oldest continuously publishing literary magazines in the United
Aspiring screenwriters have to hustle to make it in Hollywood
Ask The Writer: How do I jump from one time to another without confusing the reader?
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library opens in Indianapolis
Marketing resources for self-published authors
Let Me Put Words in Your Mouth: A writer's day distilled
Readers bond over books on the Web
Now you can read all of The Paris Review author interviews online
30 writers share memorable books
Book review: Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning
Valuable book offers tips for sorting facts
Book review: Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
Helpful guide targets descriptive writing
Book review: The Art of Description: World Into Word by Mark Doty
This month, a list of business, trade and literary publications;
literary agencies; and publishers. Plus, information on conferences and
contests and helpful tips from editors at MyBusiness and Woman Engineer magazines.
How I Write
Jewell Parker Rhodes
For Jewell Parker Rhodes, the appeal of writing is how it allows her to live other lives in her imagination.