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Get Started: 6 tips for writing restaurant reviews
Yes, it can be a delicious experience, and you sure can't beat the
prices, but restaurant reviews are work, too. Here are some tips on the
Breakthrough: Forget her writing dream? Not an option
Widowed at 30 with five children, our writer completed a college degree and began a long teaching career. Somewhere in there she found time to publish short articles and then novels.
Off the Cuff: Not so picture-perfect
When a writer put down her camera, she realized the value of a thousand words.
Poet to Poet: Variations on a theme
Here are five steps to follow to create a poetic sequence on a subject that is close to your heart, and from multiple angles.
Can we put this little nightmare behind us already? Unfortunately, no.
A wordsmith offers some modern rules to live by for one of grammar’s
Archive: Add texture with solid research
To give your story an authentic flavor, get in touch with experts and travel if you can, says our bestselling thriller writer.
Go on. Bring a zombie to life.
Always hungry for success, storytellers have latched onto the
popularity of zombies. A top practitioner tells you why, and advises
you how to put these “mindless monsters” to work.
Interview: Building a bestseller brick by brick
Laura Lippman, the Edgar Award-winning mystery writer, worked her way
out of newspaper reporting with drive and a demanding schedule.
Point/Counterpoint: Are writer blogs worth it?
Two writers debate the pros and cons. Blogs, says one, give writers an
easy, cheap way to promote and build their platforms. Hold on, says a
dissenting writer—blogging is overrated in many ways, the most obvious
being that you don’t get paid.
Step by Step: Build characters with simile, metaphor and symbol
A veteran story writer offers a process for mining your fiction for rich figurative material.
What poetry can do for your fiction writing
One novelist found that it improved her word choice and tightened her prose.
Should you self-publish?
Thinking about self-publishing? It may be a good way to meet a need or grow a career.
Never at a loss for ideas
A freelancer shares an approach that led him to multiple sales—and an alligator farmer, chicken catcher, and renegade wild hog.
Freelance Success: How to find and evaluate research
Here’s an article-writer’s guide to locating sources and understanding studies and statistics.
Market Focus: Step it up to write for fitness markets
Put your passion for health into print by starting small and local.
Literary Spotlight Monkeybicycle
The spotlight is on the journal Monkeybicycle, describing its tone and preferences.
Good, scary storytelling
Letters from our readers
Take a trip into the heart of Hemingway's Spain
Other Take Note items
A Web-hosting service just for writers, plus other literary notes, an
excerpt from a writing book, and Lisa Shearin's regular bimonthly
column on fiction writing.
Practical guide allows rule-breaking
A review of The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English by Roy Peter Clark.
An extraordinary resource for poets
A review of Poetry in Person: Twenty-five Years of Conversation With America's Poets, edited by Alexander Neubauer.
Agents; literary, military and mystery/detective magazines; and publishers
This month, a list of markets in these areas: agents; literary, military and
mystery/detective magazines; and publishers. Plus conferences and
contests, and tips from editors at The Iowa Review and Rio Grande Review.