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Off the Cuff: Journaling without the journal
Cringing more than benefiting from attempts at journaling, the writer learned instead to "cradle" an unformed idea in her mind before starting to write.
Poet to Poet: Harness the power of line breaks
Line breaks help you set the pace, call attention to important words and images, and more.
Interview: When setting becomes character
John Berendt, author of the smash bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, uses cities as protagonists, in narratives populated by colorful figures. Venice is his latest setting.
Archive: Dedicate yourself to a writing apprenticeship
Committing yourself to writing means focus and concentration, even if only for a few hours a day. In this way you can master the tools of the trade.
For creative-nonfiction writers, it can retrieve memories, deepen sensory details, add layers of perspective, and more. Reason enough to consider it?
Learn how to play literary sleight of hand like a magician—by building a masterful plot with well-placed turning points.
In writing for young readers, these two key elements should walk hand in hand, even when one takes the leading role.
Why do its writers persist? One practitioner pays tribute to its wild creative freedom and the natural high of nailing its concentrated effect.
Freelance Success: Save time with 7 writing templates
By tweaking proven formulas for regular correspondence, you'll work more efficiently. Here's how to do it.
Literary Spotlight: storySouth
This month's spotlight is on storySouth, an online literary journal devoted to "provocative meditations on the Southern experience." Learn about its tone, preferences and contributors.
The 'new' DIY option
Letters from our readers
Are literary magazines relevant to today's readers?
An editor touches a nerve with his pronouncement on the future of literary magazines, plus a few tips on getting rid of writerly clutter, Lisa Shearin's bimonthly column, an excerpt from a new writing book, and more.
An absorbing look at Carver's life
Reviews of Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life by Carol Sklenicka and How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters by James N. Frey.
Agents, literary magazines, publishers, family/parenting and children's magazines
How I Write
Short-story writer Daniyal Mueenuddin has learned to "put one foot in front of the other" and ignore the mountain ahead.