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Keep your readers up all night
Want to keep readers turning the pages? You'd better give them a dramatic "And then..."--a twist where your story suddenly shifts into second gear.
For Anne Tyler, writing is no accident
In a rare interview, novelist Anne Tyler discusses her creative process, her research, and the concept of family as "the perfect breeding ground" for plot.
The U.S. government offers a wealth of information that can help bolster your queries, articles and book proposals.
A surprising source for travel writing
A good way to deepen your travel writing, ironically, is to stay close to home and become an expert on a particular area or region.
8 ways to fix your fiction
Self-editing your fiction sure is easier with a good checklist. Here's one to get you started.
Gather a wealth of rich, varied facts and you'll enrich your fiction.
From the editor
What Americans love to read, the birth of Peter Pan, what motivates Anne Lamott, and other literary notes.
Tips on how to know when it's time to type "The End" and send your manuscript off.
Ba-da-boom! Learning from improv
What a developing writer learned about fiction-writing from improv comedy--and why James Joyce might have fit right in.
E-mail manners matter
Just because e-mail is so easy is no reason to hurt your cause with editors, agents or other writers.
Poet to poet
Writing in couplets
Writing in couplets offers you the creative freedom to pull together otherwise disconnected elements, says our writer, who details the birth of one of her poems.
The disappearing quote marks
Many contemporary fiction writers are dispensing with conversational quotation marks in favor of something, well, murkier.
Off the cuff
Strengthen your prose with a daily workout
You may not grunt or sweat as much, but a writing regimen is a lot like weight training and absolutely essential, our well-toned writer says.
The post-conference hustle
Attending a writers conference is important--but so is your follow-up after the conference.
Reviews of Gotham Writers' Workshop: Writing Fiction and The Writing Group Book: Creating and Sustaining a Successful Writing Group.
Easy ways to crack new markets
The short front-of-the-book articles many magazines feature are a good way for writers to crack new markets.
Hitting the jackpot at writers conferences
One of the benefits of writers conferences is how some smart networking can lead to article assignments, book and agents.
How I write
For Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder, the writing process shows him what else he needs to know.
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