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May 2019

Rebecca Pitts

What really matters

By Rebecca Pitts

How to sustain your writing career with minimalism.

 

Features

Writing for the ear

By Amy Roost

Here’s what you need to know to write scripts that will keep the listener hooked from the moment they press “play.”

Splicing stories

By Suchandrika Chakrabarti

Learn the skills and tools that shape imperfect human conversation into a podcast episode.

Have you heard?

By Kerrie Flanagan

Audiobooks are on the rise. Here’s how to cash in on this rising market.

"Gazelle"

By Shannon Skaff

Read the first-place winner of our “After the Fall” short story contest.

Shape shifting

By Ashley Kunsa

Have fun and expand your range with a second (or third) genre.

Making the magic happen

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

An interview with best-selling, genre-hopping author Delilah S. Dawson.


Departments

FROM THE FRONT LINES

When every word counts

By Yi Shun Lai

Titles introduce your work to readers. Here’s how to give them the meaty role they deserve.

FREELANCE SUCCESS

The freelancer’s guide to helping each other

By Pete Croatto

It’s easy and inexpensive, plus it will make you feel good. What’s not to love?

WRITER AT WORK

When it’s OK to write ‘hack’

By Akanksha Singh

Sometimes, self-care for writers means writing to pay bills first – and not feeling guilty about it.

LITERARY SPOTLIGHT

CRAFT

By Melissa Hart

Why merely publish short fiction when you can also give writers a glimpse at how it was made?

CONFERENCE INSIDER

Haiku North America

By Melissa Hart

Crazy about the haiku? Have we got a conference for you.

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