Digital Issue: 2009 Writer's Guide to Creativity

Digital Issue: 2009 Writer's Guide to Creativity

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This special newsstand-only issue is now available for download! Break Free From Your Inner Critic!

[UPFRONT]
Editor's Letter
Dealing With Writer's Block
55 Writing Prompts
No-Nonsense Wisdom

[CREATIVE HABITS]
CREATIVE LOLLYGAGGING
BY MICHAEL J. VAUGHN
Writer's block? Try working harder on working less.

SQUELCH YOUR INNER CENSOR
BY JACQUELYN B. FLETCHER
Playing a few tricks on the critic in your head can make it shut up.

WHAT'S IN A ROOM?
BY LINDA FORMICHELLI & JORDAN E. ROSENFELD
Four writers share the unique spaces where they find their inspiration.

PAIR UP!
BY BEV BACHEL & JENNIFER LAWLER
When self-discipline just isn't enough, a friend can help you keep your writing goals on track. Here's how to pick the right partner.

8 TIPS TO OVERCOME TOO-MANY IDEAS SYNDROME
BY LEIGH ANNE JASHEWAY-BRYANT
Don't let your creativity get in the way of your productivity.

READ LIKE A WRITER
BY LINDA BUSBY PARKER
Hone your reading skills to pick up tricks from your favorite writers.

[CREATIVE CRAFT]
CREATE CHARACTERS YOU CAN PICTURE
BY I.J. SCHECTER
Apt physical descriptions cement characters in your readers' minds. Find out what to include and what to leave out.

WHOSE LINE IS IT?
BY SIMON WOOD
You don't have to settle for a story with just one narrator. Here are 8 ways to blend viewpoints.

A PSYCHIATRIST'S GUIDE TO VICIOUS VILLAINS
BY CHARLES ATKINS
Hook your readers by crafting multifaceted bad guys with real problems.

THE KEY TO CHARACTER-DRIVEN STORIES
BY ERIC M. WITCHEY
Try this method to build characters who engage your readers.

AS DIFFERENT AS APPLES AND ORANGES?
BY MICHAEL J. VAUGHN
Can a prose writer try poetry? Should a poet pen prose? These three author/poets say YES!

SIGHTSEEING & STORYTELLING
BY DOUG CRANDELL
Get the most out of your busy schedule: Take a day trip and start a new story-at the same time.

[CREATIVE BUSINESS]
KEEP YOUR NICHE FROM BACKING YOU INTO A CORNER
BY JENNA GLATZER
How to migrate seamlessly from a small market to a broad one.

LAG TIME
BY ART SPIKOL
Sent a query? Instead of sitting around waiting to hear back, build your business.

CRAFTING A SOLID PLATFORM
BY CHRISTINA KATZ
10 strategies to make you visible, marketable and viable.

[CREATIVITY WORKBOOK]
YOUR WRITING DEFIBRILLATOR
BY ELIZABETH SIMS
When you're hopelessly stuck, blocked or jammed, TRY THIS.

6 WAYS TO STEAL TRICKS FROM THE ARTS
BY JOE ORTIZ
Follow in the footsteps of famous painters, musicians and dramatists with these fun exercises.

CHANNEL YOUR CREATIVITY
BY SAGE COHEN
Find the rhythm of your writing with these freeform exercises.

DAY BY DAY
BY FRED WHITE
Build your creative habit with 5 days of prompts.

PICK A NUMBER, ANY NUMBER
BY BONNIE NEUBAUER
Get inspired fast with these multiple-choice writing starters.