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25 tips to sharpen your writing

Want to learn some ways to strengthen, energize, clarify and trim your works? Here are a few tricks of the trade from a Writer editor

By Ronald Kovach | Published: June 12, 2012

A lawyer-turned-writer’s contest bets paid off

After 25 years as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles, I made the nail-biting decision in 2006 to pursue my long-deferred dream of being a novelist. I spent the next two years writing a legal thriller, and, while that was collecting agent rejections, the following two years crafting a literary novel based on a true …

By Chuck Greaves | Published: June 5, 2012

Acting out: Two exercises help fiction writers get in character

Actors use all kinds of exercises to help develop their characters for various roles. For example, actors create what they call a “morgue,” a large collection of photos of interesting-looking people, which they can refer to in establishing a character. Fiction writers can borrow these techniques from their actor counterparts. I’ve done so for years, …

By Roy Sorrels | Published: May 7, 2012

5 ways into a story

An experienced writer of short fiction offers a broad range of entry points that can get you started.

By Quinn Dalton | Published: April 25, 2012

Regain the wonder

A surprising key to unblocking and unlocking inspiration was revealed to one writer in the pages of children’s books

By Dawn Goldsmith | Published: April 11, 2012