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First person plural gives 'us' a role
Rarely used, first-person plural can achieve effects that can’t be replicated with any other POV.
Volunteer editing, blogging and networking helped lead to publication
A bookish introvert made helpful contacts by reaching out to his writing community.
The sound and the worry
A novelist struggled with the sound of her character’s audiobook voice, until she saw how well it brought her story to life.
36 tips for a great poetry reading
If you haven’t yet presented your work to an audience, these terrific tips from a number of experienced poets will put you at ease.
Advice from the crypt
Edgar Allan Poe speaks to writers about preplanning your work, knowing the ending, concentrating on a single effect, and showing discipline and character.
On finding stories that need to be told
For John Dufresne, author of novels including Louisiana Power & Light and Deep in the Shade of Paradise as well as writing guides including Is Life Like This?, it’s often after the 20th draft that the real fun begins.
Standout contests and conferences
We found 11 of the best opportunities to network with peers or have your work recognized.
The great idea chase
John Steinbeck, Truman Capote, Mary Shelley and others learned that the best ideas hit in the most unexpected moments.
Write your book in bite-sized chunks
An author of 40 books offers an easy way to tackle your manuscript: Focus on just one part at a time.
Set your writing free
A writer offers an entertaining look at confronting and conquering the demons that hinder your creativity.
What all writers can learn from mystery authors
When a mainstream novelist got a story published in Ellery Queen, she gained valuable insights about the genre. For another take on the key components of mysteries, see Bharti Kirchner’s sidebar.
Going beyond books and magazines
Tapping into ‘alternative markets’ such as advertising and public relations could boost your reach and pay as a freelancer.
A successful journey into e-books
A crime-fiction writer describes how and why she gave up on hard copies and bookstores and em-braced the digital world instead.
Are you ready for a new direction?
How to decide whether to pursue other projects, plus tips for making a smooth transition.
Conference Insider: San Miguel de Allende
Attend a popular writers conference set in an enchanting colonial city north of Mexico City.
4 lessons for writing graphic novels
With all kinds of narrative possibilities, you’re limited only by your imagination.
Literary Spotlight: Room offers space for women writers
This month’s spotlight is on the Vancouver-based quarterly Room, describing its tone, editorial preferences and contributors.
Editor's Note: Writing in paradise
What a writer learned after a 40-day bicycle ride with her typewriter in tow, plus an innovative market for literary work, a question for Ask The Writer and more.
Reviews of three new books on writing and writers.
This month, a list of agents, publishers and magazines.
How I Write
Silver Sparrow author Tayari Jones suggests thinking of your novel as like a TV sitcom: “Every character has to be interesting enough [to] have a spin-off show.”