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November 2014

The essential resource for writers

Join thousands of successful writers when you subscribe to The Writer magazine. Each month The Writer is full of features you can use to improve your writing, including before-and-after examples of improved writing, more literary markets than ever before, practical solutions for writing problems, selected literary magazine profiles, tips from famous authors and hands-on advice.

Alicia Anstead

When you’re a writer, life can slip into strangeness

By Alicia Anstead

In the midst of articles featuring the benefits of content marketing, authors’ tips for starting and ending novels, a Q&A with TV writer Veena Sud (The Killing), a profile of the “demon” interviewer Lynn Barber and so much more, we have placed Emily Webber’s fictional tale of about 1,000 words on the strangeness of life and human connection.


Start to Stop

By Jack Smith

Craft unforgettable beginnings and endings.

Show Me The Copy

By Kelly James-Enger

Content marketing can score experience and paychecks.

Lynn Barber: Interviewing Tips

By Megan Kaplon

Master interviews with the legendary journalist.


By Emily Webber

Read the Tell It Strange contest-winning story.

Be Ready

By Kinney Littlefield

The Killing creator Veena Sud offers storytelling tips.



Stand out

By Suzannah Windsor

How to make your mark in literary journals.

Off The Cuff

Eagle eye

By Jack Hamann

Creative distractions can refuel a writing project.

Market Focus

Have you thought of this?

By Elizabeth Fishel

Check out eight publishing opportunities.

Conference Insider

Home runs in Boston

By Yvonne Pesquera

A book festival nurtures writers.

Literary Spotlight

Where the River runs wild

By Melissa Hart

River Teeth seeks literary nonfiction that breaks the norm.

Class Action

Up next

By Hillary Casavant

Post-grad career paths can support your writing.

Lasting Effect

1965: The Secret Mind

By Hillary Casavant

Ray Bradbury’s subconscious holds lessons for success.

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From the Editor

Take Note

Self-publishing advice, sentence structure tips, Anthony Trollope, products for winter writing and more.


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How I Write

Doug Crandell: “Don’t try to tell every story at once.”