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Personal Essays: Mind-map your way to an idea (Step by Step)
Mind-mapping is one way to root out workable ideas that move you. Why not give it a try?
Personal Essays: Construct an engaging article (Step by Step)
The author of a book on "writing your life into story" offers a framework for crafting a piece that grabs the reader.
Personal Essays: Tips on pitching and marketing
A writer who's found her way into The New York Times and Los Angeles Times shares some inside advice. Plus, read a sidebar about Kayleen Reusser's "little essay that could"--"A Lesson in Forgiveness," which has been reprinted more than 30 times.
Personal Essays: Make the most of life experiences
The stuff of personal essays is always close at hand, and it's not only the dramatic events that make marketable articles.
Get Started: Avoid these eight beginners' mistakes
Make sure you don't squelch a fledgling freelance career before it even gets going.
Breakthrough: A naval author finds his way to smooth seas
The writer earned his spurs with newspaper articles, then built up to book-length naval histories.
Off the Cuff: Forget the rules and make the leap
How skydiving taught a writer to follow her passion--and keep her sense of humor.
4 steps to land a book deal
When you agent fails to sell your manuscript, you can take things into your own hands. Read how.
Swaying through the '60s with the Rolling Stones
In his novel, Sway, Zachary Lazar vividly weaves three stories into one while imagining his way into the minds of famous figures. It's quite a feat.
Step by Step: Breathe life into your characters
You want to make your characters fresh, unique and real so that readers will remember them.
Archive: Let your dialogue speak for itself
Good dialogue not only sounds pitch-perfect, it performs key functions in your story.
Here are five simple steps to strengthen your writing--and perhaps your reputation, too.
Avoid a weak link in screenplays
Write dialogue that is rooted in character and situations and propels your plot forward.
An occupational hazard: phone anxiety
For writers, there's no getting around some necessary conversations. If you suffer from PA, these tips may help.
Writer at Work: How a short story became a novel
Our writer, a senior editor at the literary journal Tin House, overcame an obstacle-strewn path.
Business Freelancing: The best clients--and the worst
What to expect when working with a variety of companies.
Market Focus: Tune up your service articles
To write better how-tos, watch out for these seven common pitfalls.
Literary Spotlight: Pleiades
This month's spotlight is on the literary journal Pleiades--its tone, preferences and contributors.
Authors push genre boundaries
A look at some established writers who are flexing their wings and trying new genres, some marketing tips for freelancers, plus other literary notes, an excerpt from a new writing book, and information contests and conferences.
Reviews of 'On Screenwriting' by Freddie Gaffney; 'The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life' by Floyd Skloot; and a new edition of 'The Creative Writing MFA Handbook," edited by Tom Kealey.
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How I write
In his writing, rising star Benjamin Percy aims to entertain, while trying to target the heart and the mind.