"I was afraid he was going to want to write, and he was terrified I was going to make him write."
Is it safe to submit your poetry to an Internet site or online journal? What should you watch out for? Robin Travis-Murphree, executive editor of Poetic Voices, offers some advice.
Dave Eggers' eclectic body of work serves as a testament to the value-and power-of staying true to your own voice.
Creative exercises to keep your writing sharp, exerpted from Writing Creative Nonfiction.
Get your nonfiction book into the winner's circle by fine-tuning your passion and your business sense.
Examine Marshall's steps to guide you through the novel-writing process.
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.
Should My Query Offer a Web Element?
There are some things you‘ll never read about in a publisher‘s writers‘ guidelines. You have to either hang around the editor‘s office and eavesdrop or find a friend who‘s able to extract the editor‘s deep, dark secrets. Luckily, you have the latter. We asked editors what they‘d say to writers if they could talk...
A bad editor can make freelancing a nightmare. Find out how to build a workable relationship with even the most difficult editor.
What is your story really about?
It''s Not Just What You Say, But How
Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey provide several idea generators to help you get inside the mind of your younger characters. Here are five sense activities to help you recall the vivid experiences and emotions of childhood.
Make readers believe that the fantasy world you've created actually exists by researching your setting.
Keeping a journal can be a wonderful way to preserve your life story, but choosing the wrong kind of paper can destroy your words before your descendents are ever able to read and enjoy them. Inveterate journal-keeper Megan Fitzpatrick explains.
If you find yourself caught in a rut, let your journal help pull you out.
Make a date to study magazines' editorial calendars before you querythey'll tell you exactly what editors want and when.
Learn how to use poetry to express your spiritual connections.
You can craft all the Oscar-winning dialogue you want, but if your last scene isn't up to snuff, your movie won't make it.
Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and other successful authors talk about the art of working with translators to make their prose sing in any language.
A Tuesday With Mitch
What to do when a blank page stares blankly back? Hold on tight while your mind unravels.
Take our quiz on journalistic ethics and see if your writing integrity is up to snuff.
Q: While I’ve read several sites referred to as “blogs,” I’m not really sure what a blog is. What is a blog? —Christopher B. A: From writers at award-winning newspapers, to magazine editors to your neighbor’s teenage son, almost everyone seems to have a blog these days. But ask three people what a blog...
Is writing something you can't NOT do? If so, you're on the right track, as the case of writer Christine Byl