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We’ve been thinking about structureBy Alicia Anstead
Here at the Boston office of The Writer, we’ve been thinking about structure. How do you structure a story, a pitch, a writer’s life?
How to win a Pulitzer PrizeBy Susan Kushner Resnick
Gilbert King thought the prestigious literary award was for other writers. He was wrong.
Your journey to hell and backBy Linda Lappin
When it comes to Greek myth and narrative, get ready for a trip to deeper, darker places.
Law and ardorBy Leslie Budewitz
So many legal stories. So little legal understanding. Ten common mistakes to avoid in legal fiction.
A big-city cop moves to a small coastal town…By Jeff Lyons
Sound familiar? That’s the premise line for Jaws. Find out how a structured premise line can build an effective story.
The package dealBy Kristen Fischer
Sidebars and quizzes and graphs, oh my! Steps for adding value to a story pitch.
The words that matterBy Gabriel Packard
More plot? Sharper language? Novelist Colum McCann says it takes both. But choose your words carefully.
Upon these pillarsBy Peter J. Fox
Five key elements of storytelling can bolster your screenplay.
Blurring genreBy Jack Smith
Authenticity, complexity and suspense draw a mash-up readership.
Detour aheadBy Mary Ellen Collins
Take the writing road less traveled and discover a new world and market.
Beauty tipsBy Melissa Hart
The power of literary estates can get you back to the home fires of imagination.
See it, sell itBy Caitlin Kelly
Keep your eyes and ears open. Many stories are right under your nose.
In the houseBy Ray Mark Rinaldi
A report on the lucrative religious book market.
ZYZZYVABy Melissa Hart
Where eccentricity and enchantment find a home.
Festival frenzyBy Hillary Casavant
What do three prominent book festivals offer writers? Opportunity and inspiration.
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How I Write
Alice Hoffman: “You can’t listen to everybody’s voice. You have to decide who you’re going to trust.”