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Get Started: 6 key steps to writing film reviews
Having an opinion about a movie is one thing. Expressing it in an
informed, entertaining way to an audience is something altogether
Breakthrough: A cellist finds some keys to freelance writing
Musical training plus industry research proved to be a dynamic combination for this writer.
Off the Cuff: Writing scared
If you struggle with committing to the craft, don’t be afraid to join a critique group.
Interview: A writer of many parts
Ridley Pearson’s diverse career has included success with thrillers,
young-adult novels, collaborations with Dave Barry, and even a
bestselling tie-in to a Stephen King TV series.
Archive: Build a solid story around a strong character
The bestselling author of Mystic River and Shutter Island advises you to begin working on plot and other narrative elements only after you know your protagonist to the core.
Step by Step: The 007 way to write a thriller
The author of six official James Bond novels offers a process for building a compelling tale.
Here are 10 programs with a specialty focus. You’d never guess some of them.
COVER STORY: 25 tips to sharpen your writing
Want to learn some ways to strengthen, energize, clarify and trim your words? Here are a few tricks of the trade from a Writer editor.
Do a book tour from home
Follow these six steps to “hitting the road” online—and in your pajamas, if you wish.
3 rules for successful co-writing
Here’s some practical advice for making a collaboration work from the
late William G. Tapply and others. Plus, see Leigh Anne Jasheway’s
sidebar on why collaboration might be right for you—and how to size up a
potential writing partner.
Living his dream as a travel writer
Our intrepid writer builds his freelance credentials with a grueling, 4,000-mile solo motorcycle trip in southern Africa.
Writer at Work: Finding a voice that fits
A Random House author describes how a new point of view brought his novel to life.
Business Freelancing: A copywriter's guide to social media
Will blogging and social networking help grow your business? Here’s a balanced view.
Market Focus: Say 'I do' to the bridal market
To write about weddings successfully, develop relationships with editors and vendors.
Literary Spotlight: The Los Angeles Review
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal The Los Angeles Review, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Editor's Notes: The signals that you send
Letters from our readers
Typo hunt lands grammar police in federal court
Festival to celebrate playwright with writing contests
A new West Coast book review readies for its launch
Remembering Leo Tolstoy
Are you looking for an affordable e-reader?
The 30-Second Commute: How to get away from work when you work from home
WriteStuff Book reviews
Add great reference books to your shelf
Reviews of It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences by June Casagrande, and The Accidents of Style: Good Advice on How Not to Write Badly by Charles Harrington Elster.
Inspiring book looks at many writing topics
The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life by Priscilla Long.
MFA program listings
This month, our annual list of MFA programs; helpful tips from
administrators at two MFA programs, the Whidbey Writers Workshop and the
University of British Columbia; and information on contests and
How I Write
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
For novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, some characters are inspired by
real people, some grow from a tiny seed as she writes, and others just