Here’s what you’ll find in this month of The Writer:
- NaNoWriMo turns 20! Celebrate the organization’s twenty-year journey from a low-key month-long writathon to a worldwide movement.
- Submissions are up, but subscriptions are down: What do literary journals need to do to survive?
- How to repurpose deleted chapters into standalone, published pieces
- Tips for being a great critique partner
And much, much more! Take a peek at our stories below and be sure to find a copy at your local newsstand this month.
Celebrating 20 years of NaNoWriMo
By Grant Faulkner
In its two decades of existence, National Novel Writing Month has inspired millions of writers to finally put their stories on paper, resulting in thousands of published novels over the years. Here’s a look back at NaNoWriMo’s history, from humble coffeeshop beginnings to the literal billions of words it inspires today.
How to be a good critique partner
By Anica Mrose Rissi
Employ these best practices when you don an editorial cap.
He said, she said
By Ryan G. Van Cleave
Eight ways to make dialogue matter.
Resurrecting your darlings
By Melissa Hart
Why trash your deleted pages when you can publish them?
The future for literary magazines
By Toni Fitzgerald
Six essential issues facing lit journals – and what’s being done to address them.
From the Front Lines
Crash and burn
By Yi Shun Lai
Why recklessness is good for your creativity.
What the hell is freelance success, anyway?
By Pete Croatto
You’re doing OK. Really.