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Writer’s Digest Article Index 2011

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All feature articles and columns published in Writer’s Digest during 2011 are indexed by topic. Abbreviations for regular columns: Inkwell—IW; Ask the Pro—ATP; Breaking In—BI; MFA Insider—MFA; Questions & Quandaries—QQ; Your Story—YS; Conference Scene—CS; Writer’s Workbook—WW; Standout Markets—SM

Writer’s Digest Article Index 2011

BUSINESS/LEGAL MATTERS

“Are Government Docs in the Public Domain?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Jan, p. 56

“Should I Grant an Exclusive?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Jan, p. 57

“How Do You Represent the Deceased in Fiction?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Mar/Feb, p. 52

“Can You Use Pen Names Online?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Mar/Feb, p. 53

“Are Online Images Fair Game?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, May/Jun, p. 54

“Should I Give Editors My Social Security Number?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Jul/Aug, p. 55

“Leaving Your Mark,” IW, Howard Zaharoff, Oct, p. 10

“Should Your Interview Subjects Sign a Release?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Nov/Dec, p. 49

 

CONFERENCES

“Where to Go to Hone Your Craft,” CS, Linda Formichelli, Jan, p. 70

“Thaw Out Your Muse,” CS, Linda Formichelli, Feb, p. 68

“Cash In on Your Wanderlust,” CS, Linda Formichelli, Mar/Apr, p. 66

“Finding Your Niche,” CS, Linda Formichelli, May/Jun, p. 68

“Writing Without Borders,” CS, Linda Formichelli, Jul/Aug, p. 68

“Make No Mistake,” CS, Linda Formichelli, Sept, p. 60

“Fan Out,” IW, Elizabeth Sims, Oct, p. 8

“Boost Your Blogging,” CS, Linda Formichelli, Oct, p. 62

“Calling All Writers!” IW, Don Vaughan, Nov/Dec, p. 8

“Conference Scene,” CS, Linda Formichelli, Nov/Dce, p. 62

 

CONTESTS

“Paradise,” YS, Bradley Woodrum, Jan, p. 58

“Living in Terror,” YS, Michael Fourman, Feb, p. 56

[The Winners of WD’s Self-Published Book Awards], Mar/Apr, p. 49

“Sanguineous,” YS, Anna Kittrell, Mar/Apr, p. 54

“First Things First,” YS, May/Jun, p. 56

“The Winners of WD’s Annual Poetry Awards,” IW, Jul/Aug, p. 16

“Swimming in Tension,” Melissa Wuske, Jul/Aug, p. 50

“Setting the Stage,” YS, Jul/Aug, p. 56

“Larry on the Lam,” YS, Michael Bartolomei, Sept, p. 50.

“First Things First,” YS, Oct, p. 50

“On the Fringe,” Melissa Wuske, Nov/Dec, p. 38

“Momma’s Boy,” YS, David Greene, Nov/Dec, p. 50

 

FICTION WRITING

“8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One,” Elizabeth Sims, Jan, p. 26

“Hooked on a Feeling,” David Corbett, Jan, p. 32

“3 Secrets to Great Storytelling, Steven James, Jan, p. 37

“What to Do When a Novel Stalls,” John Dufresne, Jan, p. 42

“Choosing the Best Outline Method for You,” WW, Sarah Domet, Jan, p. 60

“Organizing and Developing Ideas,” WW, Laura Whitcomb, Jan, p. 63

“Using Your Outline to Write a First Draft,” WW, Karen S. Wiesner, Jan, p. 66

“25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day,” Feb, p. 23

“Better Starts for Better Stories,” Jacob M. Appel, Feb, p. 32

“Story Trumps Structure,” Stephen James, Feb, p. 36

“It’s All Relative,” Elizabeth Sims, Feb, p. 41

“Laughing Matters,” Leigh Anne Jasheway, Feb, p. 46

“Plot for Young Readers With a Throughline,” WW, Nancy Lamb, Feb, p. 58

“How to Avoid Parenting Your Characters,” WW, Sue Bradford Edwards, Feb, p. 60

“7 Ways to Structure Your Picture Book,” WW, Ann Whitford Paul, Feb, p. 63

“The Long and Short of It,” IW, Elizabeth Sims, Mar/Apr, p. 8

“A Clean Break,” IW, Aaron Elkins, Mar/Apr, p. 14

“Letting Plot Guide Your Narrative,” John Dufresne, WW, Mar/Apr, p. 56

“Broadening Your Story’s Scope,” Noelle Sterne, WW, Mar/Apr, p. 60

“Long Story Short,” Melissa Wuske, May/Jun, p. 52

“Why Backstory Is Essential,” WW, Larry Brooks, May/Jun, p. 58

“6 Ways to Layer In Backstory,” WW, Hallie Ephron, May/Jun, p. 61

“How to Build Suspense With Backstory,” WW, Leigh Michaels, May/Jun, p. 64

“The Geyser Approach to Revision,” James Scott Bell, Jul/Aug, p. 20

“Raise Your Characters Above the Status Quo,” Jul/Aug, p. 25

“Make Your Tone Pitch-Perfect,” Adair Lara, Jul/Aug, p. 29

“How to Gain Perspective on Your Work,” Elizabeth Sims, Jul/Aug, p. 33

“Revising Your Path to Publication,” Jane Friedman, Jul/Aug, p. 37

“10 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Thinking Like a Comedy Writer,” Leigh Anne Jasheway, Sept, p. 18

“The Big Bang Theory?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 48

“Power Up Your Fiction by 10,” WW, Jordan E. Rosenfeld, Sept, p. 52

“10 Tips to Bypass Cliché and Melodrama,” WW, Peter Selgin, Sept, p. 55

“Your First 50 Pages,” WW, Les Edgerton, Oct, p. 52

“Second Scenes: 3 Ways to Move Forward,” WW, Nancy Kress, Oct, p. 55

“4 Ways to Bond Your Reader & Characters,” WW, James Scott Bell, Oct, p. 58

“Spin Subplots Like a Master Weaver,” Elizabeth Sims, Nov/Dec, p. 26

“Your Last 50 Pages,” WW, James V. Smith, Jr., Nov/Dec, p. 52

“The Essential Endgame Structure,” WW, Larry Brooks, Nov/Dec, p. 54

“4 Ways to Round Out Your Climax,” WW, Jeff Gerke, Nov/Dec, p. 57

 

GRAMMAR/LANGUAGE USE

“May I or Might I?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Jan, p. 56

“How Do You Punctuate Questions in Dialogue?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Feb, p. 54

“Can I or May I?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Mar/Apr, p. 52

“ ‘More Than’ or ‘Over’?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, May/Jun, p. 54

“ ‘Isle’ or ‘Aisle’?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Jul/Aug, p. 54

“Guilty of Improper Prepositioning?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 48

“Common Subject/Verb Disagreement?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 48

“Conjunction Dysfunction?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 48

“Articles of Confusion?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 48

“Choosing Your Words Too Wisely,” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 49

“Word Misuse?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 49

“Are Serial Commas Actually Necessary?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Oct, p. 48

“E-mail or Email?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Nov/Dec, p. 48

 

INSPIRATION/ADVICE

“Stop, Thief!” IW, Eileen Cook and Lara Zielin, Jan, p. 8

“Bob, The Column,” IW, Bob Woodiwiss, Jan, p. 11

“Reject a Hit,” IW, Laura Malish, Jan, p. 13

“Undo,” IW, Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, Jan, p. 14

“On Finding Your Mentor,” MFA, Dinty W. Moore, Jan, p. 20

“Joining Forces,” Marie Lamba, Jan, p. 51

“Saving the Rejects,” IW, Feb, p. 8

“You Can’t Go Home Again,” IW, Peter Jurich, Feb, p. 12

“Reject a Hit,” IW, Chris Gay, Feb, p. 16

“The Real Story Behind Low-Residency MFAs,” MFA, David Jauss, Feb, p. 20

“What Should a Short Bio Include?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Feb, p. 55

“Jane Borden, Lisa & Laura Roecker, Susan Schoenberger,” BI, Chuck Sambuchino, Mar/Apr, p. 18

“Get Paid to Be a Word Nerd,” Rebecca Smith Hurd, Mar/Apr, p. 27

“Free Money,” Gigi Rosenberg, Mar/Apr, p. 31

“Reject a Hit,” Chuck Redman, Mar/Apr, p. 80

“Zen & the Science of Effortless Prose,” IW, Sarah Maurer, May/Jun, p. 8

“Promises, Promises,” IW, JoeAnn Hart, May/Jun, p. 8

“Reject a Hit,” Wayne Mattox, May/Jun, p. 80

“Reject a Hit,” Kristina Wojtaszek, Jul/Aug, p. 80

“Top Shelf,” IW, Zachary Petit, Sept, p. 10

“Before They Were Famous: The Oddest Odd Jobs of 10 Literary Greats,” IW, Alex Palmer, Sept, p. 14

“10 Ways to Tell If Your Story Should Be a Memoir or a Novel,” Adair Lara, Sept, p. 22

“10 Ways to Harness Your Fear and Fuel Your Writing,” Sage Cohen, Sept, p. 26

“10 Great Travel Destinations for Writers,” Zachary Petit & Jessica Strawser, Sept, p. 31

“10 Things for Every Writer’s Bucket List,” Elizabeth Sims, Sept, p. 34

“Conspiracy Theories of Rejection?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 49

“Reject a Hit,” Sept, p. 72

“Wish You Were Here,” IW, Charles J. Shields, Oct, p. 14

“Reject a Hit,” Rachel Walker, Oct, p. 72

“The Beauty of Bones,” IW, N.M. Kelby, Nov/Dec, p. 12

“Reboot Your Writing Routine,” Áine Greaney, Nov/Dec, p. 19

“Take Your Website to the Next Level,” Karen M. Rider, Nov/Dec, p. 23

“Reject a Hit,” Tom Bentley, Nov/Dec, p. 72

 

INTERVIEWS/PROFILES

“Ask the Pro: Daniel Lazar,” ATP, Jane Friedman, Jan, p. 17

“Mark T. Mustian, William Ryan, Mindi Scott,” BI, Chuck Sambuchino, Jan, p. 18

“Harlan Coben: Titan of the Twist,” Jessica Strawser, Jan, p. 46

“Amusing Muses,” IW, Judy Reeves, Feb, p. 13

“Ask the Pro: Deborah Werksman,” ATP, Jane Friedman, Feb, p. 17

“Sara Beitia, Eleanor Brown, Jennie Erin Smith,” BI, Chuck Sambuchino, Feb, p. 18

“Nicholas Sparks: Books to Remember,” Jessica Strawser, Feb, p. 50

“Emma Donoghue: Room With a View,” Jessica Strawser, Mar/Apr, p. 36

“Rediscovering Mr. Vonnegut,” IW, Zachary Petit, May/Jun, p. 10

“Josephine Angelini, Taylor Stevens, Natalie Taylor,” BI, Chuck Sambuchino, May/Jun, p. 18

“Pat Conroy & Cassandra King: Southern Comforts,” Lynn Seldon, May/Jun, p. 38

“Peter Brown Hoffmeister, Karsten Knight, Miroslav Penkov,” BI, Chuck Sambuchino, Jul/Aug, p. 18

“Sarah Dessen: Tapping Into Timeless,” Jessica Strawser, Jul/Aug, p. 42

“Julia Cameron: The Way of the Artist,” Zachary Petit, Jul/Aug, p. 46

“10 Notable Debuts,” BI, Chuck Sambuchino, Sept, p. 16

“Women’s Fiction: Kristin Hannah,” Jessica Strawser, Sept, p. 37

“Nonfiction: A.J. Jacobs,” Zachary Petit, Sept, p. 38

“Historical Fiction: Paula McLain,” Jessica Strawser, Sept, p. 39

“Children’s/YA: Jeff Kinney,” Zachary Petit, Sept, p. 40

“Inspirational: Donald Miller,” Melissa Wuske, Sept, p. 41

“Memoir: Jeannette Walls,” Kelly Messerly, Sept, p. 42

“Short Stories: ZZ Packer,” Melissa Wuske, Sept, p. 43

“Science Fiction: John Scalzi,” Scott Francis, Sept, p. 44

“Paranormal Romance: Christine Feehan,” Jessica Strawser, Sept, p. 45

“Humor: Justin Halpern,” Zachary Petit, Sept, p. 46

“Amy Julia Becker, Michelle Hodkin, David Rocklin,” BI, Chuck Sambuchino, Oct, p. 18

“Dave Cullen: Narrating Life,” Lindsey O’Connor, Oct, p. 44

“The Search for Universal Truth,” IW, Marc D. Allan, Nov/Dec, p. 14

“Marie Lu, Michael Popek, Rochelle Staab,” BI, Chuck Sambuchino, Nov/Dec, p. 16

“Ask the Agent: Jenny Bent,” Jane Friedman, Nov/Dec, p. 18

“James Lee Burke: The Art & Craft of Perseverance,” Lindsey O’Connor, Nov/Dec, p. 34

“R.L. Stine: More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps,” Zachary Petit, Nov/Dec, p. 43

 

MARKETING/GETTING PUBLISHED

“5 Steps: How to Create a Free Author Website on WordPress,” IW, Meryl K. Evans, Jan, p. 10

“5 Fast Facts on Book Publicity,” IW, Chuck Sambuchino, Feb, p. 11

“Meet and Greet” IW, John Moir, Feb, p. 14

“Query Vs. Synopsis?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Feb, p. 54

“Ask the Agent: Kelly Gottuso Mortimer,” Jane Friedman, Mar/Apr, p. 16

“50 Simple Ways to Build Your Platform in 5 Minutes a Day,” Christina Katz, Mar/Apr, p. 40

“Finding the Upside,” Melissa Wuske, Mar/Apr, p. 46

“Ask the Agent: Jason Allen Ashlock,” Jane Friedman, May/Jun, p. 17

“Where Should I List My Word Count?” Brian A. Klems, May/Jun, p. 55

“The Downside to DIY Publishing,” IW, Steve Almond, Jul/Aug, p. 13

“Ask the Agent: Adriana Dominguez,” Jane Friedman, Jul/Aug, p. 17

“Ask the Agent: Take 10 With Scott Eagan,” Jane Friedman, Sept, p. 15

“Limits to My Agent Wish List?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 48

“The Golden Ticket of Publishing?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Sept, p. 49

“Ask the Agent: Sarah Sper McLellan,” Jane Friedman, Oct, p. 20

“Start Your Agent Search Here,” Chuck Sambuchino, Oct, p. 21

“What an Agent Can Really Do for You,” Jessica Strawser, Oct, p. 29

“Submission Workshop,” Kristin Nelson, Oct, p. 34

“Nonfiction Book Proposals in the Digital Age,” Jane Friedman, Oct, p. 39

“Should You Post Your Novel Online for Free?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, Oct, p. 48

“Get That Short Story Published,” Michael Kardos, Nov/Dec, p. 30

“How Do I Get Published Without Clips?” QQ, Brian A. Klems, p. 48

 

MARKETS

“Standout Markets: Small Press Spotlight,” SM, Vanessa Wieland, Jan, p. 68

“Standout Markets: Literary Journal Spotlight,” SM, Vanessa Wieland, Jan, p. 69

“Standout Markets: Small Press Spotlight,” SM, Vanessa Wieland, Feb, p. 66

“Standout Markets: Literary Journal Spotlight,” SM, Vanessa Wieland, Feb, p. 67

“5 Markets Seeking Ghostwriters,” Kara Gebhart Uhl, Mar/Apr, p. 25

“Standout Markets: For Freelance Work,” SM, Vanessa Wieland, Mar/Apr, p. 64

“Standout Markets: For Short Stories, Poems, Essays & Comics,” SM, Vanessa Wieland, Mar/Apr, p. 65

“Standout Markets: For Books,” Sm, Vanessa Wieland, Mar/Apr, p. 65

“10 Fresh Markets for Food & Wine Writrs,” Adria Haley, May/Jun, p. 35

“10 First-Class Markets for Travel Writers,” Adria Haley, May/Jun, p. 37

“Standout Markets: For Freelance Work,” SM, Adria Haley & Vanessa Wieland, May/Jun, p. 66

“Standout Markets: For Short Stories, Poetry, and Essays,” SM, Adria Haley & Vanessa Wieland, p. 67

“Standout Markets: For Books,” SM, Adria Haley & Vanessa Wieland, May/Jun, p. 67

“Standout Markets: For Books,” SM, Adria Haley, Jul/Aug, p. 66

“Standout Markets: For Short Stories and Poetry,” SM, Adria Haley, Jul/Aug, p. 67

“Standout Markets: For Freelance Work,” SM, Adria Haley, Jul/Aug, p. 67

“Keys to Cracking 10 Top Markets,” SM, Adria Haley, Sept, p. 58

“Standout Markets: For Books,” SM, Tiffany Luckey, Oct, p. 60

“Standout Markets: For Freelance Work,” SM, Tiffany Luckey, Oct, p. 61

“Standout Markets: For Short Stories, Poetry & Essays,” SM, Tiffany Luckey, Oct, p. 61

“Standout Markets: For Books,” SM, Tiffany Luckey, Nov/Dec, p. 60

“Standout Markets: For Short Stories,” SM, Tiffany Luckey, Nov/Dec, p. 61

“Standout Markets: For Freelance Work,” SM, Tiffany Luckey, Nov/Dec, p. 61

 

NEWS/TRENDS

“Top Shelf,” IW, Zachary Petit, Jan, p. 12

“Top Shelf,” IW, Zachary Petit, Feb, p. 10

“Top Shelf,” IW, Zachary Petit, Mar/Apr, p. 10

“Top Shelf,” IW, Zachary Petit, May/Jun, p. 12

“101 Best Websites for Writers,” Brian A. Klems, p. 43

“The Wired Writer,” IW, Rich Shivener, Jul/Aug, p. 10

“Top Shelf,” IW, Zachary Petit, Jul/Aug, p. 12

“10 Legendary Literary Tweets,” IW, Sept, p. 12

“Top Shelf,” IW, Zachary Petit, Oct, p. 12

“The Great E-Debate,” IW, Kristen Fischer, Oct, p. 16

“Top Shelf,” IW, Zachary Petit, Nov/Dec, p. 10

 

NONFICTION WRITING

“Hidden in Plain Sight,” IW, Kathleen Cleberg, Mar/Apr, p. 12

“Getting Started in Ghostwriting,” Kelly James-Enger, Mar/Apr, p. 20

“A Travel Writer’s Oath,” Laura Sutherland, May/Jun, p. 13

“The Fact-Check Checklist,” IW, Elizabeth Gehrman, May/Jun, p. 16

“Food Writing With Flavor,” Dianne Jacob, May/Jun, p. 21

“Wish You Were Here,” L. Peat O’Neil, May/Jun, p. 25

“Eating Your Words,” Art Spikol, May/Jun, p. 28

“The Best of Both Worlds,” Roger Morris, May/Jun, p. 32

“The Not-So-Fantastic Four,” IW, Kelly James-Enger, Jul/Aug, p. 8

“The Art of Falling Without Hitting the Ground,” IW, Jul/Aug, p. 14

“Write a How-To Article in 6 Easy Steps,” WW, Christina Katz, Jul/Aug, p. 58

“Bring Your Voice to Life in Personal Essays,” WW, Dinty W. Moore, Jul/Aug, p. 60

“Master Your Research for Better Writing,” WW, Timothy Perrin, Will Romano, Deborah Jeanne Sergeant & Jeffery D. ZBar, Jul/Aug, p. 63

“Think Like a Shrink,” IW, Mark Cantrell, Sept, p. 8

 

POETRY

“Poetic Asides,” IW, Robert Lee Brewer, Jan, p. 16

“Poetic Asides,” IW, Robert Lee Brewer, Feb, p. 15

“Poetic Asides,” IW, Robert Lee Brewer, Mar/Apr, p. 10

“Poetic Asides,” IW, Robert Lee Brewer, Mar/Apr, p. 15

“Poetic Asides,” IW, Robert Lee Brewer, Jul/Aug, p. 15

“Poetic Asides,” IW, Robert Lee Brewer, Sept, p. 13

“Poetic Asides,” IW, Robert Lee Brewer, Oct, p. 12

“Poetic Asides,” IW, Robert Lee Brewer, Nov/Dec, p. 13

 

SCRIPTWRITING

 

EXERCISES

“Exercise Your Pen: Read for Pictures,” IW, Barbara Baig, Mar/Apr, p. 13

“10 Prompts Worth Taking 10 For,” IW, Scott Francis, Sept, p. 11

“Exercise Your Pen: Monk-ey Business,” IW, Nancy Ellen Dodd, Oct, p. 15

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