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October 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

What makes you squirm as a writer or editor?

By Alicia Anstead

To survive as creative people, we take risks. We stay up late. We teeter between worlds. Nearly every writer in this issue refers to the persistence you must have to be a writer. You have to believe, have to have gumption and passion. Squirming is part of survival.


On the train

By Alicia Anstead

Why Christina Baker Kline chose fiction over nonfiction for a historical narrative

It’s a party

By Melissa Hart

Turn your ho-hum book launch into an unforgettable bash.

Ghostly prose

By Megan Kaplon

Violet Kupersmith taps into the past with a debut short-story collection.

The crucible of hours

By Julie Krug

Anthony Doerr harnesses language and lyricism in his new book.


Off The Cuff

A kicker

By Dan Stockman

How tae kwon do helped one writer unleash his mind.

Writing Essentials


By Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Why handwriting is good for the body and soul.

Writing Essentials

Control the future

By Mark Vorenkamp

Avoid the curse of sci-fi obsolescence.

Conference Insider

Taking the long road

By JoBeth McDaniel

The Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference champions the long form.

Literary Spotlight

Of all worlds

By By Melissa Hart

Asimov’s Science Fiction pushes the boundaries of tradition.

Class Action

Make a statement

By Hillary Casavant

Win over the committee with an effective personal essay.

Lasting Effect

1991: Recreating reality

By Hillary Casavant

Ursula K. Le Guin unpacks the age-old phrase “write what you know.”

Also in Every Issue

From the Editor

Take Note

Roxane Gay, suspense writing tips, feedback advice, character acting, book holders and more


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How I Write

Caryl Pagel: “A poem almost always begins in music, a bit of some obscure or interesting rhythm wedged in language combined with limits.”