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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

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