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Creating credible teen sleuths in no mystery
"How do we, as writers, make young readers believe that an inexperienced kid their own age with problems very much like their own... can actually best law enforcement professionals?"
A conversation with James Patterson
"At some point," says Patterson, "I stopped writing sentences and started writing stories. And that's the advice I give to new writers."
Revision: It's child's play
"The story that was such a pleasure in the head-long rush of the first draft now seems murky and formless. Panic sets in; paralysis follows. But shouldn't revision - which is the real writing, after all - be a joy?"
Trade on your expertise
"By combining your desire to write and publish with knowledge and experience in your profession, you may be able to earn some bylines and open doors to writing opportunities."
A writer's journey
"The process of writing is not simply a journey from point A to point Z. In between there are pratfalls, pitfalls and writer's block. There are phone calls and unexpected guests. There is, in short, life."
Writer's groups need commitment, planning and focus to succeed
"I've found that participation in a good critique group not only helps me keep perspectives and polish my writing, but also brings me inspiration during those inevitable dry spells."
Using time elements wisely enlivens features
"Relying exclusively on chronological narrative is one of the most common mistakes made by beginning feature writers."
Energize you writing
"Writing with vitality and movement captivates readers, brings realism into your stories and makes readers feel they are living through the chapters' experiences."
From the editor
Letters to the editor
Writing for country magazines
"Country life is a popular subject covered by an ever-increasing number of publications, ranging from local newsprint weeklies to glossy national magazines. Somewhere in that range is a market just right for your material."
Off the cuff
On creative biographies
"Biography is the art of concealment; fiction is that of revelation."
The writer's library
Where to sell manuscripts
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