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.
Tips for naming your characters
You want a name that is fresh and memorable—but not outlandish—this novelist says.
Her online 'do-it-yourself MFA' jump-started her writing
When the writer resolved to learn how to turn her
stream-of-consciousness ramblings into polished prose, she found the
Have notebook, will travel
Keeping pen and pad at the ready, this writer has cultivated a unique view of the world.
Prelude to a prelude
Our critiquer takes a look at a writer’s opening and gives it points for
mood-setting and atmosphere, but faults it for faltering on point of
Late bloomer, early riser
For Walter Mosley, the path to literary success has been built around
following a consistent writing routine and telling stories no one else
Don't let tricky word pairs bug you
Refer to this handy checklist to exterminate any errors that creep into your work.
Travel that pays
Check out the writer’s useful pegs for salable articles—and make sure you don’t forget the photos.
Fixes for Your Fiction: Make characterization and dialogue work together
The stronger and more realistic your talk is, the more your actors will come alive.
Fixes for Your Fiction: Make your transition a smooth one
Do it clumsily and it can easily disrupt your reader’s fictional dream.
Fixes for Your Fiction: Too much information
As the writer found with her (eventually) published short story, when it comes to backstory, less is more.
Mysteries: How to keep a series interesting
A bestselling creator of three mystery series discusses what to think
about when developing series characters and choosing settings and
Mysteries: Tips on organizing your story
An Edgar Award-winning writer shares a wealth of free or inexpensive digital writing tools that can keep your story on track.
Find a big idea for your screenplay
A script doctor and television writer offers advice on what a big idea is, where it comes from, and why it matters.
What to do when a client won't pay
Follow simple steps to handle the annoying issue of unpaid invoices—and some preventive tips
Find a custom home at a niche journal
Tailor your work to fit a themed literary magazine and improve your odds of acceptance.
Literary Spotlight: Cerise Press
This month’s spotlight is on the online literary journal Cerise Press, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
The moving story behind one of the great American memoirs, why you might
not want to do your book event at a bookstore, a question for Ask The Writer, Stephanie Dickison’s column about freelancing, and more.
Reviews of new writing books.
This month, a variety of markets, plus Market Q&A and Conference Spotlight.
How I Write: Martha McPhee
In her novels, National Book Award finalist Martha McPhee is “drawn to
the nerve, to that place that’s most uncomfortable, that we don’t want
to look at."