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High-Tech Tools: How to tame technology in fiction
You can't afford to be clueless about technology in your story. You need to learn how to tame it and exploit it.
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High-Tech Tools: Take your visual research online
A veteran author describes how he's found a wealth of detail in Web image sources and put it to work in his books.
High-Tech Tools: Put social-networking sites to work
You keep hearing about them--Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter. Here's how they can help freelancers.
High-Tech Tools: Consider a multiplatform approach
The new digital publishing landscape offers more ways than ever for writers to tell and promote their stories.
High-Tech Tools: The new frontier of Web-based stories
An expert in the field offers a primer on some of the ways you can expand your storytelling horizons. You may be surprised.
High-Tech Tools: 8 great iPhone apps for writers
These inexpensive products turn the device into a tape recorder, list-keeper, organizer and much more.
Get Started: How to choose a writing conference
Having attended countless conferences, our writer offers you six questions to ask yourself.
Breakthrough: Industry research was a key to success
How one writer took an active role in the submission process.
Off the Cuff: Casting words in nature's best light
A writer grapples with conveying the world's beauty in fresh and inspiring ways.
Poet to Poet: Focus on a central image to tell a story
Good narrative poetry reveals something significant to the poet--and to his readers.
Murder in tartan plaid
Scottish writer Val McDermid has carved a flourishing literary career out of independent, strong female protagonists.
Archive: Connecting the unique & universal
Great fiction writers draw upon specific experiences to illuminate the experiences of others.
Behind the drab walls: A murder, and an idea
A neighbor's gossip changed everything for a home-remodeling couple--and led to a writer's first novel from HarperCollins.
Advice from first-time novelists
Five writers offer a wealth of insights on where ideas come from and how they're developed, and their rewarding experiences with the editing process.
Freelancing: Make the best of a change in editors
The author offers five suggestions on how to weather a potentially difficult transition.
Step by Step: Create the right screenplay structure
Here's a nine-step guide to writing a compelling screenplay.
Bumper-sticker wisdom for writers
How to find literary inspiration in some pithy sayings
A writing exercise that opened a world
A writer-editor recalls a point-of-view assignment from Susan Cheever that led to an award-winning essay.
Freelance Success: Getting paid, even in a down economy
What to do if you haven't received a check--and how to avoid problem clients.
Market Focus: Break into travel writing online
Web markets in this popular niche seek flexible writers and a unique perspective.
Literary Spotlight: Granta
The spotlight is on the literary journal Granta, describing its tone, preferences and writers.
The cell-phone novel emerges as a new literary form
The cell-phone novel takes off as a genre, plus other literary notes, the debut of Lisa Shearin's new bimonthly column called "Dueling with Words," and an excerpt from a new writing book.
10 must-have grammar and style books
Chuck Leddy rounds up 10 "must-have" grammar and style books for writers, plus a review of "Writing Places" by William Zinsser.
Ethnic-multicultural; gay/lesbian; literary; regional/city magazines; and conferences and contests
How I write
For award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, an emphasis on language is what comes first in writing for the stage.