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The truths behind 5 fiction rules
If you’re submitting short fiction, be sure you’re not missing the underlying intent of some of the standing “rules” of the trade.
Following the clues to mystery writing led to a YA contract
After the writer grudgingly realized that her story was actually a mystery, it was time to immerse herself in the genre.
Hitting his stride
How a “positive workshop” helped a writer get through the first draft of his novel.
A case of false suspense
In this month’s critique, an opening withholds information, leaving readers adrift and in search of the wrong answer.
Memorable first lines
We’ve gathered some of the most captivating story openers to inspire your own writing.
Christopher Paolini's amazing success
For the bestselling author of the Inheritance fantasy cycle, it all came together thanks to discipline and learning how to structure and pre-plot a story.
Keep your plot threads under control
When it comes to adding significant plot lines to your novel, you don’t want too many, or too few.
Where to begin
To call your story to you, you can play with numerous potential points of entry, ranging from exploring contradictions to starting with a mystery.
You can conquer writer's block
A veteran writer offers an entertaining, instructive look at how we get into these creative messes, and how we might just get out of them.
Consider a sequel to your book
The author of more than 200 titles offers some tips on how to think through a sequel.
Cross the finish with a writing marathon
By offering structure and support, the writing-marathon phenomenon is winning over writers—and helping them meet their goals.
Your book may soon become one slice of a bigger pie
An overview from publishing insiders sees a Kindle-led future, and a growing perception of a print product as just one part of a total package.
How to craft a winning book proposal
Our agent duo describes the elements that can turn a nonfiction project into a published book.
Conference Insider: Thrillerfest
Our spotlight conference offers an adrenaline-packed exploration of the thriller genre.
How to cover the culture beat
How to tackle current topics you’re passionate about—and broaden readers’ perspectives.
Literary Spotlight: Slice
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal <i>Slice</i>, describing its tone, editorial preferences and contributors.
How authors are riding the book-club circuit to win new readers, a company that collaborates with writers to come up with marketable stories, plus Stephanie Dickison’s Letter From Toronto and much more.
Reviews of four new books on writing.
This month, a list devoted to writing contests.
How I Write
For Tawni O’Dell, success came slowly until she found her material in the setting and struggle of Pennsylvania coal towns.