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4 tips for creating an engaging fantasy series character
The author, who admits to being a “series junkie,” offers some key guidelines for doing your own.
Novelist found many helping hands on the way to publication
Our writer was heartened to find there are book lovers out there—besides agents and editors—who can push a manuscript along.
Why we need pain to write
In experiencing difficulties, we may open ourselves up to our best, most compassionate work.
First Page: Through a juvenile's eyes
This month’s opening page mostly meets the challenges of writing in the first person.
Catch your goofs in time
A proofreader at a major law firm shares a few tricks for meticulously checking your work.
Novelist Hannah Pittard reads her work aloud to establish a graceful rhythm and evocative mood.
Establish yourself as an expert
Here are five tips for ramping up your expertise and building your platform and “fan base.”
Canada's interesting small presses
Here’s a roundup of 10 publishers that might be right for your work.
Edith Pearlman: Running on heart
How her short-story collection from a small press managed to make a very big splash.
Here and now
Use setting skillfully in your fiction and you’ll avoid creating
characters “who seem to be floating in some vague ether,” unanchored to a
place or time.
Draw the connection between character and setting
To make the most of your story’s sense of place, answer these 11 key questions.
Crafting a strong sense of place
Bestselling novelist Carla Neggers on using setting effectively—while not wearing your readers out with detail.
Twice upon a time
Re-spinning old fairy tales in fresh, new ways could help you break into children’s publishing.
Fiction query basics
Two agents break down what every standout pitch needs.
5 'nothing' minutes a day--just try it
Use this painless way to drive out your anxious mind and stay in touch with your imagination.
Join a theater group to develop your talent
The experience has given our writer many benefits, including quick feedback from actors.
How to meet a client's every need
When a prospect wants more than “just writing” for a project, try one of four approaches.
Markets abound for science writers
To break in, stay on top of industry news, find a slant, and nail interviews with experts.
Slake: Los Angeles
This month’s spotlight is on the year-old literary journal Slake: Los Angeles, describing its tone, contributors, and belief in the power of long-form narrative.
On writing in the wake of tragedy, plus Stephanie Dickison’s bimonthly column about the freelancing life, a question for Ask The Writer, reader letters, and other literary notes.
Reviews of three new writing books.
This month, a list of traditional publishers and self-publishers, plus Market Q&A and Conference Spotlight.
How I Write
When J. California Cooper’s characters are talking, it’s like she’s seeing a movie in her head.