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The lure and limitations of first person
Telling your story in the first person can feel like a natural choice, but this primer will help you better understand its limitations and possibilities.
She broke the rules, then geared up and got published anyway
This writer’s chance discovery of an old short story she had written, which was partly inspired by a horrible true event, eventually led to a published novel.
Interpreting the world through story
For this bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, the high-wire act of writing is dizzying and rewarding.
How to fit poems into a collection
Whether you start with a theme or find it later, our poet offers some tested organizing principles.
The amazing disappearing essential ingredient
Readers tend not to remember a plot, but they sure do remember good characters, says an author whose books have sold millions.
T.C. Boyle, explorer
Before this prolific fiction writer sharpens his satirical and comedic knives, he must first find something intriguing in the stuff of history and current issues.
The Writer List: 25 great beach reads
Seven writers and editors offer you a couple of dozen titles worth getting some sand in your swimsuit over. Get out the sunscreen!
COVER STORY: Why an editor says 'yes' or 'no' to a book
A top editor at a Penguin imprint offers her Top 20 reasons for acceptance or rejection.
A little inspiration from Maeve Binchy
Advice on writing routines, finding your voice and more, from the bestselling author's letters to Irish college students.
How I published an interactive children's story
Time to head out to the digital frontier: An author shares her process—and tips—for creating a fun book app.
Keep a guiding hand on your self-published project
How one writer produced a fine-looking self-published book without breaking the bank. Plus, read Howard Scott’s sidebar on how he managed to sell 27,000 copies of his little book about bees the old-fashioned way.
A travel writer who stays home
Freelancers can gain an edge with editors when writing about the area they live in and already know intimately.
Declutter your writing space in 2 days
Is your home office a debris pit? Professional organizers offer some tips to build your efficiency and waste less time.
Is it time to say goodbye?
Why you may be better off cutting ties with a client—and how to be professional about it.
Conference Insider: Romance Writers of America
Love is in the air at this conference devoted to writing about matters of the heart.
Market Focus: Help readers learn to live better
To write a self-improvement book, start with what you know and are passionate about.
Literary Spotlight: Fairy Tale Review
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal Fairy Tale Review, describing its tone, editorial preferences and contributors.
Editor's Notes: Learn from the best
What yoga can teach you about freelance writing, a question for Ask The Writer, Lisa Shearin’s regular column on fiction writing, and much more.
Reviews of three new writing books.
This month, a variety of magazine, agent and publisher markets, plus Market Q&A.
How I Write
For Ann Whitford Paul, the special warmth of reading to her children inspired her to write her own children’s books.