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Get Started: Stay positive to keep writing on track
Are you discouraged right now by your progress in the writing game? It may be time to perform some cognitive therapy on yourself. Here's some back talk.
Breakthrough: Pre-studying her targets before querying was key
The author found that carefully analyzing a target publication and tailoring her writing accordingly before approaching an editor opened the door to a second career.
The big three
A Hollywood producer describes what's essential for a screenplay to be successful.
'Excavating' for the idea
For Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey, a new novel begins with lots of notes and "what ifs," as well as reading and "threads of logic."
Step by Step: What's your story really about?
The theme is the unifying idea in your story that gives it focus. Or, to put it another way, it's the container that will try to hold all the elements of your story in place. Sound important? It is.
Archive: 8 ways to bring your story to life
An award-winning author shared her writing process and offered tips for adding heft and sinew to a manuscript.
How to get your play read
An experienced play-reader offers inside advice on how to win an audition, and perhaps an audience, too.
Travel writing: Mastering the historical travel article
An award winner in the field advises on how to communicate the "excitement of discovery," enticing readers--and editors. And see Linda DuVal's sidebar for more tips from a travel writer with 25 years in the field.
Travel writing: How to land press trips
If sponsored "press trips" are a part of travel writing that has appealed to you, our writer offers you some advice on how to break into this area, including how to find out about them.
Travel writing: Write travel articles without traveling
An authority on the technique describes how to sell an array of service and consumer-advice stories without leaving the comforts of your home.
Step by Step: Character goals: a crucial part of your story
Build your writing around them, add some obstacles, heighten the stakes, and you'll engage your readers.
Writer at Work: Two lives, and one secret journal
How a memoir writer struggled with a dual story line. See how she met the challenge.
Business Freelancing: Writing white papers for fun and profit
In the copywriting arena, white papers, which blend elements of articles and brochures, are a plum assignment. Here's a primer on how to break in.
Literary Spotlight: North American Review
The spotlight is on the venerable literary journal North American Review, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Got 'pitch-slapped'? Here's how to shake off the shame
On the pain of being "pitch-slapped" by a curt rejection message, plus other literary notes, Stephanie Dickison's regular bimonthly column about the freelance life, and an excerpt from a new writing book.
Writers sing praises of their mentors
Reviews of Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, edited by Elizabeth Benedict; two new titles from Larry McMurtry, Books: A memoir and Literary Life: A Second Memoir; Writing It Right! How Successful Children's Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories by Sandy Asher; and Teaching Writing Online: How and Why by Scott Warnock
Writers associations; agents; book publishers; literary magazines; and playwriting opportunities
How I write
For Cary Holladay, fictional ideas develop when hardship and struggle interact with character desires.