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her eagerness to sell books, our much-published writer almost signed
contracts that would have hurt her writing career and spirit. Her advice
may spare you such pain.
Calling 911: A dispatcher's quick literary response
a 911 emergency-response dispatcher, the author found herself turning
to writing as a way to cope with the stress. It led to a published
When a magazine freelancer began work on her memoir, it was like a sprinter needing to learn how to go the distance.
First Page: Metaphors make for a rocky landing
In the second installment of our new bimonthly column, our writer
critiques the opening of a story that aims to show an artist’s gloomy
mood upon descending into New York City.
Find your story's emotional core
Kathi Appelt, an acclaimed children’s author and writing teacher, tells how to engage young people across multiple genres.
Isn't it time you got beyond awesome and incredible? Our wordsmith will upgrade your descriptive powers.
To make good conflict, play with motivation
Turn the problem-solving methods of professional mediators inside out to give your work subtlety and complexity.
The basics of writer etiquette
Call it people skills, or call it emotional intelligence. Whatever it is, it’s a vital part the formula for success in the publishing world.
Find your work/life balance
Burnout is an occupational hazard for always-hustling freelance writers. We asked four of them what they’ve learned about how to avoid it—while still finding success.
Rules are meant to be broken
Sometimes certain “rules” of freelancing—such as “Never turn down an assignment” and “Never send queries to multiple publications”—should be tossed aside, our writer argues.
Nurture your networking tree
How a self-employed writer-editor has learned to work her connections and keep the jobs coming.
The midlist author who could
Peter Abrahams—Stephen King’s favorite suspense novelist—has forged a successful three-decade writing career wearing three literary hats.
Hearing your words is a great way to detect bad phrasing, rhythm, pacing and more.
Online markets welcome new writers
Earn reputable bylines and professional rates by targeting magazine websites. Here’s how.
Literary Spotlight: The Fourth River
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal The Fourth River, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Ask The Writer: Does a story have to have a moral?
Good fiction requires truth
2 takes on the power of a single word
The Novelists's Lexicon: Writers on the Words That Define Their Work, edited by Villa Billet/Le Monde, and One Word: Contemporary Writers on the Words They Love or Loathe, edited by Molly McQuade
A clever look at managing taboo subjects
Euphemania: Our Love Affair With Euphemisms by Ralph Keyes
A helpful psychology primer for writers
The Writer's Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior by Carolyn Kaufman
This month, a list of writing contests to enter this year, plus upcoming
conferences and, in Market Q&A, helpful tips from contest
administrator Stacy Bodziak.
How I Write
For the prolific James Reasoner, author of more than 200 novels, “A lot of my skill just comes from being an avid reader.”