Writer's Digest November/December 2011 (PDF)

Writer's Digest November/December 2011 (PDF)

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You'll Love This Issue of Writer's Digest If:

  • You love R.L. Stine and his work
  • You're looking for ways to jump-start your writing
  • You're interested in launching your own regional writing conference

Do you need to find balance between writing and life's activities? Reboot your writing routine with this issue of Writer's Digest! As interim editor-in-chief Zachary Petit writes, "My goal to cap 2011 off is to create a deeper sense of balance in my writing life. Take time to breathe, absorb. Take time to live, and then really write."

You'll find everything from author interviews with James Lee Burke and R.L. Stine to methods for writing subplots and tips for launching your own regional writing conference. Plus, discover the best ways for publishing your short stories and writing climax.

In This Issue You'll Learn:

  • How to fix a broken novel
  • How to sell your short stories
  • Tips for creating a better website and online presence

What You'll Find Inside:

Reboot Your Writing Routine
Abandoned manuscripts, dwindling writing time, stubborn computers—sometimes your writing life can feel like it's lost the plot. It's time to recenter and refocus—and start 2012 off right. by Áine Greaney

Take Your Website to the Next Level
Is your online home ready for visitors—say, editors, agents and your future fans? Tidy up your digital den with our blueprint for success. by Karen M. Rider

Spin Subplots Like a Master Weaver
Whether you're planning the fabric of a new story or looking to thread depth into one that's falling flat, try these 7 methods to a tightly woven plot. by Elizabeth Sims

Get That Short Story Published
Fiction publishing creds are a great way to build your bio and propel your career. Here's how—and where—to get them. by Michael Kardos

The WD Interview: James Lee Burke  author james lee burke
Genre-bending bestseller James Lee Burke never cared about rejections—he collected hundreds. Burke knew deep down that he had talent, and he let nothing stand in his way. by Lindsey O'Connor

On the Fringe
The secret ingredient to powerful mainstream fiction? The winner of our Annual Writing Competition proves it's hidden in the least likely of places: an outsider. by Melissa Wuske

More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
Hilarious! Scary! Terrifyingly prolific! Meet middle-grade horror legend R.L. Stine. by Zachary Petit

Calling All Writers!
Follow these 10 foolproof tips to launch your own regional writing conference.
by Don Vaughan

WRITER'S WORKBOOK: Your Last 50 Pages
Keys to Clinching Your Closer
by James V. Smith Jr.

The Essential Endgame Structure
by Larry Brooks

4 Ways to Round out Your Climax
by Jeff Gerke


COLUMNS
Breaking In: Debut Author Spotlight
by Chuck Sambuchino

Ask the Agent: Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
by Jane Friedman

Questions & Quandaries: Clip Conundrums; E-mail vs. Email; Interview Release Forms
by Brian A. Klems

Your Story: Momma's Boy
by David Greene

Standout Markets: Asabi Publishing; Zoetrope: All-Story; Wine Enthusiast
by Tiffany Luckey

Conference Scene: Events for reporters, food writers and everyone in between
by Linda Formichelli

Reject a Hit: War and Peace
Spoof-rejected by Tom Bentley

PLUS:
  • Top Shelf: Holiday Gift Guide
  • 5-Minute Memoir: The Beauty of Bones
  • Poetic Asides: Anapeat
  • The Search for Universal Truth
  • CONTRIBUTORS
  • EDITOR'S LETTER
  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
  • READER MAIL

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