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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

David Simon: Reality Writing

David Simon talks about developing scripts, creating dialogue and why you should look for the bigger meaning in your writing.

By Kinney Littlefield | Published: November 13, 2012

Can I submit a novel excerpt to magazines before my novel is finished?

Q: Can I submit a novel excerpt to magazines before my novel is finished? A: Some magazines and journals accept unsolicited submissions of novel excerpts, but most do not. Always read writers guidelines to see what individual publications look for. Some writers find that a portion of their novel can stand alone as a complete short …

Published: November 1, 2012

Set your writing free

A writer offers an entertaining look at confronting and conquering the demons that hinder your creativity.

By Craig English | Published: October 1, 2012

Advice from the crypt

Edgar Allan Poe speaks to writers about preplanning your work, knowing the ending, concentrating on a single effect, and showing discipline and character

By B.K. Stevens | Published: September 20, 2012

5 tips for following up on queries

You’ve carefully researched the market, polished your query letter, and sent it into cyberspace. Now comes the hard part: waiting. Fortunately, many writers find that a tactful, well-timed follow-up can significantly boost their chances of landing the assignment. Just ask Steph Auteri, a freelance writer, editor and career coach based in New Jersey, who says, …

By Susan Johnston | Published: August 6, 2012