If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct....
In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events.
If you're a freelancer focused exclusively on print magazines, it's time to expand your reach. Editors from the best of the web share their insider's take on breaking into webzines.
Critiquing a restaurant gives you a feeling of power. Do you give the restaurant a glistening review and let them stay open to serve another meal? Or do you pan them, point out their flaws, and watch them struggle? Of course, unless your reviews are published, you would never truly have that power over...
Break into national magazines by looking for the great human-interest stories in your own town.
As the market shifts and publications die, freelancers need to know how to set competitive fees.
Many publications won't pay travel costs for their writers, but they won't accept articles by writers who go on company-sponsored trips, either. What's a travel writer to do?
When a magazine that you freelance for folds, it could put a squeeze on your wallet. But if you play it smart, it may also open up opportunities.
You may think that writing about money for magazines like Smart Money and Kiplinger's Personal Finance is just beyond your mathematical understanding. But in this online exclusive article, Greg Daugherty, former editor in chief of New Choices magazine and author of You Can Write for Magazines
There's a right way and a wrong way to put yourself in an article you're writing. Know the difference.
Deborah Vetter, editor of Cicada magazine, talks about reaching teenage readers with short stories, essays and poems.
Take a cue from great newspaper articles: Use snazzy and surprising leads that grab your readers' curiosity and keep them hooked until the end.
"Ever So Humble"
Freelance writer Tom Harpole, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Life and Air & Space Smithsonian, shares how he found success as a freelancer.
Getting your own regular column with a newspaper today is as difficult as it is rewarding. The competition for landing these coveted spots is steadily increasing as the circulation of many dailies continues to shrink. Award-winning columnist Cynthia G. La Ferle offers advice and encouragement for writers struggling to break into this golden market.
Variety is the spice of life and the spice of your articles. Cook up sources from different people and places to please all tastes.
Does a writer traveling equal a travel writer?
More and more print publications are producing web counterparts. How does that affect nonfiction writers? David A. Fryxell, Writer's Digest Editorial Director, provides some insight.
Make a date to study magazines' editorial calendars before you querythey'll tell you exactly what editors want and when.
Kurt Andersen, co-chair of the hot Internet site Inside.com, founder of Spy magazine and author of the best-selling novel Turn of the Century talks about his career here.
Editor and writer David Fryxell shares a valuable piece of advice with anyone trying to break into the magazine or newspaper market "Learn to write the stories that editors dread."
Nearly everyone wants to be a travel writer. Take this nationally syndicated columnist's advice to put yourself ahead of the pack.
Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way and The Right to Write, notes that writers are wrong to resist writing on speculation. In fact, she says that writing on speculation should be a goal.
After bagging that first assignment, do the job right to assure it's the first of many. In time, you'll become the indispensable writer upon whom editors rely.
During slow times, be adventuresome: Explore new freelance opportunities, branch into niche publications and investigate different areas of expertise.