Writing Basics 2013 (PDF)

Writing Basics 2013 (PDF)

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Building Blocks

Juggle Like a Pro

A full-time job. A dusty house. A clogged sink. If the only thing you’ve written lately is your to-do list, it’s time to work on your juggling skills. Use these tips to make the most of whatever writing time you’ve got.

by PAMELA REDMOND SATRAN

 

Questions & Quandaries

From preposition placement to the definition of proofreader, we have the answers to your writing and publishing questions.

by BRIAN A. KLEMS

 

Research Your Way to the Top

Whether you write fact or fiction, a sense of authenticity can set your work apart from the rest. Use these techniques to enrich your stories from the start.

by CHARLES J. SHIELDS

 

Novel Structure, Simplified

Structuring your novel doesn’t have to be complicated. With these key pillars in place, you’ll transport your readers from exhilarating start to satisfying finish.

by JAMES SCOTT BELL

 

Creativity

52 Writing Prompts

Keep your muse fueled with these weekly creativity-inducing story starters.

by BRIAN A. KLEMS & ZACHARY PETIT

 

How to Be Creative On Demand

Condition your creativity to be ready when you need it with these 10 simple exercises.

by ROGER MORRIS

 

Knock Your Block Off

Here’s why we get writer’s block—and what we can do to get our pens moving again and keep them that way.

by MIKE BECHTLE

 

Learn the Craft

Starting on the Right Foot

The first line of a story is a powerful thing: It must grab an editor’s attention, set the tone for the rest of the piece and make sure readers stay through The End. Here are 10 ways to steer yours toward success.

by JACOB M. APPEL

 

7 Simple Ways to Make a Good Story Great

There’s a difference between fiction that’s passable and fiction that pops. Use these techniques to take your work to the next level.

by ELIZABETH SIMS

 

7 Steps to a Foolproof Revision

Follow this simple path to a polished piece.

by DON FRY

 

Turning Pixels Into Profit

Here’s everything you need to know to make money writing for the Web.

by KELLY JAMES-ENGER

 

Becoming a Pro

Brave New World

The publishing industry is changing every day. Here’s how to ride the wave of the future.

by APRIL EBERHARDT

 

Query Letter Clinic

If traditional publication is your goal, a query is the essential tool you need to submit your work. Learn how to make it great.

by ROBERT LEE BREWER

 

How to Lose Assignments & Infuriate Editors

Avoid these eight freelancing gaffes that even the sharpest pros make.

by JAMES ROLAND

 

Q&Agent

Here’s everything you’ve always wanted to ask a literary agent, answered.

by BARBARA POELLE

 

Learn the Craft

How to Publish Your Book

Discover the true path to publication with this tongue-in-cheek flowchart on the writing life.

by ZACHARY PETIT