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Start out strong
A good opening is crucial in fiction, and one way to master it is to see how some classic authors have managed the task.
Tell a great story
"Once upon a time" remains a magical reminder that a writer's craft begins with storytelling. Here are some tips to keep your own storytelling captivating.
They may never get an Oscar, but many writers use acting techniques to develop rounded, realistic characters.
Marilynne Robinson on the power of metaphor
The author of two much-praised novels (Housekeeping and Gilead) as well as substantial nonfiction work listens for the voice in her fictional material.
The perils and pleasures of literary marriages
Two full-time writers in the same house can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. But there are also real benefits, say our married writers, who describe the hazards and rewards of literary unions.
Why some classic fairy tales may not be as harmless as they seem, the most popular books you can't get, plus other literary notes, Dear Writer, and information on contests and conferences.
Getting along with editors
Building and maintaining good relationships with editors is vital for freelance success. Here are some tips from a veteran.
Find a hole in the market
When a high school teacher sought a book for his father on Chicago-area Swedish communities, he couldn't find any. So, he ended up writing it himself.
Clear out the cringe words
Whether it's "way cool" or "expresso," we all have overused and mangled words and phrases that drive us, well, around the bend. This column will make you think twice about using them.
Poet to poet
Practical advice from America's Poet Laureate
How close observation of what's going on around you can yield the sharp details that save your poems from vague generalities.
Helpful information for your writing career
10 stress-free ways to meet your deadlines
Are you tired of getting hammered by deadlines? These tips can make you work more smartly and efficiently.
Reviews of Sarah Harrison Smith's The Fact Checker's Bible and the Write Series of videotapes, plus some brief looks at other books.
Make the most of your next conference workshop
We asked four conference directors for advice on how writers can maximize the value of a workshop--before, during and after the event. See what they had to say.
How I write
For historical novelist Jeff Shaara, walking in the footsteps of his subjects is essential and almost mystical.
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