The Reluctant Multitasker

Oct 01, 2013

Editor's Note by Martha Nichols

Forget the muse. My attention thief looks like Harpo Marx. He’s the guy honking his horn or grabbing my leg, whether I’m sitting at the computer or under a tree.

Advice, Distraction | Read More

Twelve Tips for Living in the South

Sep 18, 2017

Feature by Allison Futterman

I’ve learned to live among the blooming trees, Sunday church traffic, and love of bacon.

Advice, Truth-telling, Communication | Read More

Eight Novels to Prepare You for the End of Civilization

Mar 20, 2017

Feature by Tim Weed

If you’re stocking the shelves of your survival shelter, don’t forget to throw in a few gripping novels.

Advice, Book Reviews, Reader's Life | Read More

Getting Beyond “Someday I’ll Write”

Feb 01, 2016

Theme Essay by Steve Adams

Don’t worry about the expectations you imagine others have; play with the mud you’ve found, like a child.

Advice, Teaching | Read More

How I Learned to Love the Void

Dec 28, 2015

Theme Essay by Marlene Adelstein

It felt like being on a ledge, with vast emptiness below my feet. I wasn't writing—but I wasn't not writing.

Writing and Faith, Advice | Read More

Hooking Teens with the Real World

Oct 05, 2015

Theme Essay by Marina Budhos and Marc Aronson

You can’t assume that teenagers are interested in what you have to say—it’s your job to pull them in by intriguing and delighting them.

Advice, Children's Lit, Journalism | Read More

The Silent Voice of Your Story

Sep 21, 2015

Essay by Lynne Gessner

No wonder readers often skip description—they were with the character, and suddenly the author steps in with dry facts.

Advice, Children's Lit | Read More

How to Win—and Lose—a Literary Competition

Jun 08, 2015

Essay by Susan Terris

Writing is hard. Entering is hard, but being rejected for any prize should make you more determined to write with passion.

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How Not to Become a Writer

Jun 08, 2015

Essay by Lâle Davidson

Write your stories very slowly, word by word, trying to please everyone but yourself.

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The Craft of Flash Novella Writing

Feb 23, 2015

Essay by Meg Pokrass

The novella-in-flash, divided into tiny bits of action, mirrors life this way.

Advice, About Fiction, TW Reading Series | Read More


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