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Of Football and Taxes

The fourth quarter is no time for desperate strategies. Take some advice and make the end of the year a time for careful tax planning. Read more

Tips for Getting Published

Advice for fiction writers and poets on getting published. Read more

Self-Promotion for Writers

Author Paul Raymond Martin gives the following tips for brave writers not afraid to aggressively promote their own books. Read more

3 Tips for Developing Solid Dialogue

Dialogue is perhaps the most important characterization tool at a fiction writer’s disposal; unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult techniques to do well. Stiff, unnatural or overdone dialogue can doom the liveliest characters or stall the most exciting plot. But great dialogue can propel your characters and story off the page, deep into the imagination of your reader. Read more

Five Tips for Improving Story Endings

Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Nancy Kress Read more

Can the Truth Get a Writer in Trouble?

Basing a fictional character on a real person or including family secrets in your memoir could land you in court. Read more

4 Tips for Standard Manuscript Submission

4 Tips for Standard Manuscript Submission Read more

Don”t Submit Your Article

Don”t Submit Your Article Read more

Writing Careers: Rita Rosenkranz, Literary Agent

Writing Careers : Rita Rosenkranz, Literary Agent Read more

Start Off Strong

Your opening sentence sets the tone for your entry—make it strong and true. Read more

Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear

Clarity, the often unnoticed foundation of your writing, is crucial if you want readers to finish your story. Learn to see what the reader sees. Read more

Are You an Ethical Writer?

Take our quiz on journalistic ethics and see if your writing integrity is up to snuff. Read more

Fair Use Legal Lingo You Can Understand

Copyright laws and fair use still got you confused? We asked WD legal eagle Howard Zaharoff, a lawyer in Waltham, Mass., to explain all those invisible boundaries concerning the fair use of song lyrics and literary works. Read more

Should My Query Offer a Web Element?

Should My Query Offer a Web Element? Read more

The Good and Bad of Generic Use

Forget word-of-mouth publicity. Keeping your brand name from becoming a household name ensures your niche in the market. Read more

Mojo Working

At an increasing number of newspapers, traditional reporters are trading in their news desks for laptops and posting stories on the fly. Read more

What”s Your Theme?

What is your story really about? Read more

It”s Not Just What You Say, But How

It”s Not Just What You Say, But How Read more

4 Ways to Make More Money as a Freelancer

Want to earn more as a writer? Bob Bly, author of Write More, Sell More, offers tips. Here’s one: “When supply outweighs demand, pay scales are low. That’s why most article and book writers don’t earn much money. When demand outweighs supply, writers can charge a premium. That’s why specialists earn the big money. Maximize your value by using your knowledge and experience to sell articles that few other writers would know how to do.” Read more

Does This Book Jacket Make Me Look Fat?

What you look like may affect your book’s promotions. Read more

Serving Up the Best Site

Serving Up the Best Site Read more

How to Prepare Poetry Manuscript Submissions

How many poems can you send to a magazine at one time? How do you prepare a collection of poetry for submission to a publisher? A poetry expert answers these and other questions. Read more

Meet the Press

When you’re trying to scare up publicity for your book, the media wants to know just one thing: Is it newsworthy? Of course it is—you just have to know how to sell it. Read more

3 Tips for Writing Successful Flashbacks

Most writers try to avoid flashbacks, but if you just can’t resist sending your readers back in time, fiction columnist Nancy Kress has some advice. Kress explains what makes a flashback work, and how to perfect your own time traveling techniques. Read more

Advice From First Novelists on Getting Published

What’s one of the best ways to get published? Read more

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