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Possibilities abound with third person
Here’s a concise primer on what can seem like a bewildering array of possibilities for the third-person point of view.
Former teacher used entrepreneurial approach to succeed at freelancing
This elementary-school teacher asked herself: Could she earn a living as a freelance writer? She quit teaching to find out.
You don't need to write every day
A novelist dismissed what she considered the worst writing advice she ever received and instead created her own agenda.
Creating a pattern for the page
The subtle art of counting syllables can give your poetry shape and unity.
Lights, camera, vlog!
Video blogging is a quick, inexpensive way to promote your writing. Here are some tips on how to do it.
Mona Simpson on life in "the circus"
The author of Anywhere But Here shares her views on the world of literature, from walking the tightrope between motherhood and writing, to contorting the little “What ifs?’’ that drive her fiction.
Top U.S. literary travel sites
If you seek adventure and inspiration, step away from the desk and visit one of these terrific spots that celebrate some of our favorite American writers.
MFA students spread their wings
Today’s MFA students are more diverse than in the past, and so are the opportunities that schools are offering them. Have a look.
Making short stories from bits and pieces
An award-winning writer offers tips on getting a story started and keeping it going.
'That's a fact'
And now that you’ve read the previous article, the same writer offers one of her short stories, plus a sidebar describing its simple origins.
While the new publishing terrain has left many of us ill at ease, it is actually encouraging to talented writers. So says Jonathan Karp, top editor at Simon & Schuster.
Keep it moving
A piece of fiction needs forward motion, and for that you’ll need to build the pressure.
Can you be a source in your article?
A seasoned freelancer explains when it’s appropriate to share your own experiences.
Conference Insider: American Christian Fiction Writer Conference
Attendees will gather in Dallas for a weekend devoted to fiction writing and fellowship.
Help your readers with how-to articles
Many markets love this format’s convenience in providing tips for a happier, healthier and more productive life.
Literary Spotlight: Prism International
This month’s spotlight is on the Vancouver-based literary journal Prism International, describing its tone, editorial preferences and contributors.
Editor's Notes: Nothing neat about it
A look at the subjectivity and politics of book awards, useful advice from the head writer of the top-rated Canadian TV drama Heartland, and more.
Reviews of two new books on writing and writers.
This month, a selection of writing programs.
How I Write
If Ayad Akhtar’s novel, American Dervish, seems cinematic, it’s intentional: He sought to unfold its story “in a sequence of vividly realized scenes.”