February 2015

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Alicia Anstead

Finding inspiration in everything

By Alicia Anstead

Whether on a beach watching the sunrise, around the table in the writers’ room, at your work space in the midst of family chaos or alone in your cave, inspiration is the invaluable element of all writing.


Return to the elements

By Jack Smith

Four authors and the elements of a story

The curious Cuse of Bates Motel

By Kinney Littlefield

The creator of TV’s "Bates Motel" talks characters, writing and working as a team.

Sowing sentences

By Jack Hamann

Exploring the unique writing philosophy of Verlyn Klinkenborg.

Going global

By Mridu Khullar Relph

The lucrative world of foreign markets.


By Megan Kaplon

Why you might want to take a swing at sports writing.

Independent author

By Jonathan Aldridge

Beyond "The War of the Roses" with Warren Adler.


Writing Essentials

Speak easy

By Rosemarie Ostler

How to keep your characters’ conversations historically accurate.

Off the Cuff

Crashing inspiration

By Maxine Clair

Breaking free and becoming aware.

Literary Spotlight

Resonate with truth

By Melissa Hart

Life and religion at "Ruminate."

Freelance Success

Help! I've been hacked

By Cynthia J. Drake

Ways to protect your writing online.

Also in Every Issue

From the Editor

Take Note

Louise DeSalvo talks success and failure, turning reality into fiction, Hilton Als and more.

Literary agents


How I Write

Maureen Corrigan: "Write what is in your heart and your mind and your imagination."