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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

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

Do I italicize the title of a short story? What about poem titles?

Q: Do I italicize the title of a short story? What about poem titles? A: Titles of individual short stories and poems go in quotation marks. The titles of short story and poetry collections should be italicized. For example, “The Intruder,” a short story by Andre Dubus appears in his collection, Dancing After Hours. This can get …

By Brandi Reissenweber | Published: August 2, 2012