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May 2020

Candy Schulman

The seat of my pants on the seat of my chair

By Candy Schulman

Features

10 biggest grammar woes, solved

By Toni Fitzgerald

A guide to commas, clauses, commonly mixed-up words, and more, with can’t-fail tricks to keep your writing clean.

Cut the fiction flab

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Four actionable ways to tighten – and help editor-proof – your stories.

Writing for the radio

By Devon Ellington

Novels have words. Movies have images. But radio drama – a work of fiction produced solely for listeners, not viewers – relies on sound and sound alone.
Here’s how writers can successfully use audio to tell
a complete and compelling story.

Lights! Camera! Action!

By Kerrie Flanagan

Behind the scenes of plays and screenplays.

Eviscerating envy

By Anica Mrose Rissi

Jealous thoughts invading your brain? Show that green-eyed monster to the door.


Departments

From the Front Lines

Unfamiliar waters

By Yi Shun Lai

How to navigate someone else’s experience successfully.

Freelance Success

You never “make it”

By Pete Croatto


Here’s why I realized that’s OK.

Literary Spotlight

Mothers Always Write

By Melissa Hart

Conference Insider

Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference

By Melissa Hart


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