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Nina Revoyr: How I Write

“The first draft is like throwing a hunk of clay onto the wheel. It’s literally getting down the raw material, and revision is my way of going back to shape something from that.”

By Alicia Anstead | Published: January 28, 2013

The books chose me

Working as a bookseller has unintended perks, such as stumbling upon titles you may never have picked up before.

By Megan Kaplon | Published: January 6, 2013

Julian Fellowes: true to the Period

Screenwriter Julian Fellowes is the singular voice behind the lush PBS series Downton Abbey. His philosophy is grounded in something less extravagant: believing in yourself as a writer.

By Kinney Littlefield | Published: January 5, 2013

Hale verbs well met

Paying close attention to verbs can enliven writing. Writer and editor Constance Hale explains the vex, hex, smash and smooch of language’s punchiest words.

By Elfrieda Abbe | Published: December 20, 2012

Marketing Blitz

How can you get assignments quickly? Spend seven days focusing exclusively on marketing and then get ready to rock.

By Mridu Khullar Relph | Published: November 29, 2012

How do I begin a story that needs a lot of explanation? For example, when it takes place in another time or if the character has an extraordinary skill?

Q: How do I begin a story that needs a lot of explanation? For example, when it takes place in another time or if the character has an extraordinary skill? A: In writing any story, you have to start somewhere and fill in the background details as you go. You can’t cram everything into the first …

By Brandi Reissenweber | Published: November 28, 2012

13 in 2013

Start the new year with a lineup of writing guides that inspire and instruct.

By Chuck Leddy | Published: November 28, 2012