Begin again. Start over. Revise, revise, revise. Writers know these actions well. Indeed, second only to filling the blank white page is reworking the content on that page. Write it. Revise it. Revise some more.
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on visions and revisions. What will you write in 2013? How will you become a better writer? What can you do to fulfill your potential? Where will you look for inspiration?
If you’re holding this issue of The Writer magazine in your hands or reading it digitally, you have taken – we believe – a reliable step toward answering those questions. Since the founding of this magazine in 1887, the mission has been to support writers, to provide the instruction, information and connection they need to succeed.
As many of our readers know, last year the publishing company Madavor Media purchasedThe Writer and moved the operation from Kalmbach Publishing in the Milwaukee area back to the magazine’s Boston-area origins. Even though we are more than 125 years old, we, too, begin again this year, and as with all restarts, this one comes with big expectations about the future. Helping you achieve your writing ambitions is chief on our list of resolutions.
In the last century, fewer than a dozen editors have overseen this magazine, and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my immediate predecessors Jeff Reich and Elfrieda Abbe – both of whom have been immeasurably helpful and gracious – and in the footsteps of other very fine editorial minds, beginning with the magazine’s founders, Robert Luce and William H. Hills. Both were Boston Globe reporters who understood what is still fundamental today about writers: They think about what they do, how they do it and ways to do it better.
Our goal remains the same, and the persistence of The Writer reflects not only our organizational and editorial commitment to the written word but our dedication to and endless belief in the art and craft of writing. We are here because writers will always have stories to tell. That has been true since Hills and Luce. It has been true since cuneiform script. And we intend to keep the storyboards rolling. Happy New Year. We hope you enjoy and are propelled by this issue of The Writer.