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Making novelsBy Alicia Anstead
Last year, The Writer staff conducted a survey in which we asked readers what area of writing interests them the most. The largest percentage replied: book-length fiction, followed closely by short fiction. Surveys are always tricky, but if I had to put my money on it, I’d bet that writing the “great American novel” (or any country’s “great novel”) is a dream that is alive and well, at least among our readers.
Cave artBy Robert G. Pushkar
When it comes to his work, Andre Dubus III is a creature of habit.
That’s a wrapBy Dale McGarrigle
In a picture-centric culture, writers look to video to sell their books.
Lonely artsBy Donna Gephart
Writing is a solitary business. Here’s how to stay connected to others.
Slammed!By Hillary Casavant
Poetry slam participants share techniques that apply to all genres.
Hannah Moskowitz on the edgeBy Sharon Naylor
Forget vampires. The YA author has a different kind of bite.
Character and point of view: Alexander MaksikBy Megan Kaplon
The novelist discusses his process for falling in love with characters.
The 40-year novelBy James Allen Mitchell
A European escapade leads (eventually) to success.
Character profileBy Patrick Scalisi
Having trouble with characters? Interview them.
Filling the tanksBy Erica Meyer
Looking for great ideas? Travel may help.
Between the sheetsBy Alicia Anstead
Be fearless about intimacy in your work.
Teen timeBy Charlene Oldham
Moving from adult to YA markets can open a new world for you and for readers.
Magical spaceBy Hillary Casavant
India’s Jaipur Literary Festival renews joy.
Father’s dayBy Melissa Hart
Kindling Quarterly carries a torch for fathers.
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From the Editor
Your monthly prompt, a trio of YA authors born in November, Helena Maria Viramontes on writing, a Q&A about NaNoWriMo, a lesson on idioms and tips for professional dress codes.
How I Write
Amor Towles: “Writing is a craft. It’s not a mystical state.”