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Ask questions to connect with agents
Sometimes the process of finding an agent resembles speed dating, our writer says.
Novelist improved odds with research, critiques
Our writer shares the specific ways that you can boost your chances of
publishing success. They helped her land a contract with a HarperCollins
In defense of sad stories
Write something happy, this novelist is sometimes told. But she understands that beauty can rise out of the pain in our lives.
Avoid the pitfalls of poetic license
You can flout the rules of grammar—but only to a degree, or you’ll lose your readers.
A writer's best friend
Gail Godwin’s voluminous journals have been an extended conversation feeding her fiction and self-understanding.
5 ways to become an instant expert
Get the facts you need quickly by using some sometimes overlooked resources.
Bypass obstacles to traditional publishing
Self-publishing is increasingly offering ways to proactively take control of your writing.
How to write effective dialogue in narrative nonfiction
A longtime editor and teacher shares tips for adapting a fiction writer’s tool to this genre.
COVER STORY: The germ of an idea
A chance encounter, autumn leaves swirling in the wind, the sight of a
giant fast-food outlet in Beijing—all of these and more have inspired
published work by our 16 authors. The lineup includes Sue Grafton, Julia
Glass and Bret Anthony Johnston.
A smart approach to memoir
A memoirist offers some key questions to ask at the start.
Are they worth the worry about multiple acceptances? Here is some advice on the issue.
Your guide to getting grant money
Finding funding can make the difference for some writers. Grants can speed and support a writing career.
9 inside tips on writing for YA
Want to grab teen readers? Why not learn from people in the know—librarians?
Regain the wonder
A surprising key to unlocking inspiration was revealed to one writer in the pages of children’s books.
Childrearing forced our writer to become more time-efficient than ever.
She shares some strategies that can help you manage your workload.
Writing about mind, body and spirit
Editors in these markets, which include Yoga Journal and Whole Living, are seeking fresh angles and a personal connection to your material.
This month’s spotlight is on the online literary journal Storyglossia, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Stories behind the stories
A Writer staffer describes her love affair with audiobooks,
tips on humor writing, plus other literary notes, Lisa Shearin’s
bimonthly column about fiction writing, a question for Ask The Writer, and more.
Reviews of three new writing books: Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives by Aurthur Plotnik; The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing, edited by Marita Golden; and Show Me the Funny! At the Writer's Table With Hollywood's Top Comedy Writers, edited by Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis.
A list of children’s, family/parenting, literary, men’s and women’s
magazines. Plus, information on agents, conferences, contests and
publishers, and helpful tips from editors at ASK and Sasee magazines.
How I Write
Multi-genre writer Doug Crandell isn’t kidding when he says he likes to
immerse himself in his writing—even if it means sleeping on a grave.