I wrote a post a few weeks ago, Twitter Tips for Writers + 25 Good follows, that continues to generate waves of traffic to this blog. So apparently a lot of you are on Twitter now and that’s great. I think it’s the best medium of the moment to...
Michael Bourret is a literary agent at the fabulous Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency. He has wide-ranging tastes, and a special fondness for YA fiction and serious nonfiction. Here, he answers 5 questions about the state of the industry and what he likes in a pitch. Mark your calendar: Michael...
Magnetic poetry inspired this prompt, which is really a writing exercise that plays with words in a creative way, much like you’d play with magnetic words. Here’s the prompt: Free write complete nonsense for five minutes. Now go back and take a close look at the words. Use words taken...
Is there anything that causes more writerly angst than the query letter? So many writers can write wonderful 4,000 word essays and novels and book-length memoirs. But for some reason, these same talented writers lose sleep over the 1-page query letter they need to write to sell their work. It...
If you’re struggling with being creatively empty during these dark wintry days, here’s a little something that may help you wake up your writing spirit. Try letting yourself get mad. I know many others will try to convince you that writing is best done by a quiet, serene lake with...
Novelist Anne LeClaire has recently penned her first memoir exploring the connections between silence and creativity, Listening Below the Noise: A Meditation on the Practice of Silence. Anne is the author of eight novels, including Entering Normal, The Lavender Hour, and Leaving Eden. And she leads a number of popular...
I thought it would be fun to write a community story built on cliches (so we can get all of the cliches out of our systems and remember what not to do!) Here’s the first line: Michael always thought his life was going to be like a bowl full of cherries...
Andrew F. Gulli is the managing editor of The Strand Magazine. The Strand is a quarterly journal with a rich history you can read all about here. Here, Andrew answers 5 questions about breaking into this fine journal. Andrew will be visiting the Editor Unleashed forum for a live...
There’s an article in today’s New York Times that should be required reading for all writers: Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab. Here’s a brief excerpt: As traditional publishers look to prune their booklists and rely increasingly on blockbuster best sellers, self-publishing companies are ramping up their title counts and...
I hate to get all persnickety about grammar. I’m certainly not perfect and I try not to expect perfection of others. But I am an editor, after all, so you have to allow me an occasional lapse into persnickety territory. With all of the online reading I’ve been doing, I’ve...