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The key to complex characters
How do skillful writers make readers like characters who are truly bad? Our author offers a simple concept to organize your thinking.
Paying his (writing) dues paid off for author of video-game series
On his way to landing a book contract, our persistent writer developed his ability with small articles and hundreds of reviews.
Life (and work) after rejection
How one writer learned to stop taking “no” personally and started moving on.
Abstractions and mixed metaphors
In this story opening, our critiquer says, the writer stays too fuzzy in describing a woman who is home after a stay in a mental hospital.
Interview with Ken Follett: 130 million copies and counting
At the start of his extremely successful career, Ken Follett simply set out to give readers the same sense of excitement he got from James Bond novels.
The Writer List: Favorite fictional characters
From Jane Eyre to Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, four accomplished writers weigh in on the skillfully imagined people who refuse to fade away in their memories. How do your choices compare?
7 ways to use your website to sell books
Developing rich online content that complements your book’s subject or genre can lure new readers. Here’s how.
Get your story started
Go ahead, get on the clock: A veteran novelist and teacher offers you a proven five-step plan for starting a piece of fiction. It works for novices and experienced writers alike.
Writing your first nonfiction book
An array of published authors answer the question: What do you wish you’d known about the process of writing a nonfiction book before you did it?
One writer's path to an MFA
A graduate shares her story and suggests that you look at your motivations to decide if a degree is right for you.
Finding the right fit
Our writer takes a look at four programs around the U.S. that offer a variety of approaches.
Historical novels and the 'truth'
What is the novelist’s responsibility? Our author found a few surprises in 19th-century America.
How to make your memoir stand out
Two veteran agents share insider tips for pitching in this genre.
Conference Insider: Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Our monthly focus on a writing conference gets a new location in the magazine and more space starting this month.
Market Focus: Latino book market shows promise
Editors are looking for fresh stories that defy stereotypes and celebrate a vibrant culture.
Why good things sometimes come from bad reviews, an Emmy Award-winning writer on the single most useful thing he's learned about writing, plus Stephanie Dickison's column on the freelancing life, Ask The Writer, and much more.
Reviews of new writing books.
This month, a variety of magazine, agent and publisher markets, plus Market Q&A.
How I Write
Book clubs have the power to keep a book alive. "Oprah author" Jenna Blum should know—she's visited hundreds.