L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Karen Hertzberg Learning a variety of writing skills isn’t as difficult as you may think. We’ve put together a list of steps to help you make dramatic improvements to the quality of your writing in short order. Becoming a better writer takes practice, and you’re already practicing. No, seriously—you write a lot. Even if you …

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Joe Fassler on Seven of the Most Common Writing Tips I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked it off by writing a single sentence on the chalkboard—the last line of Last Night in …

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By Melanie Curtin Writer, activist In the professional world, your writing is important. You use it on a daily basis to express yourself and your ideas, and the way it’s received matters. It makes sense, then, to ensure that you’re doing everything possible to be received well. Here are some of the most common writing …

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Any writer who’s had to write a query or a synopsis for a submission knows how hard it can be. Trying to boil the essence of your carefully crafted story to a few paragraphs, or a page seems like the hardest thing ever. I’m here to tell you it’s not. And that’s because there’s a […] …

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