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Moment of Zen
inkwell State of Wonder • Wonderbook author Jeff VanderMeer imparts his best tips for cultivating creativity from the world around you.
Poetic Asides • No matter what you write, a bit of poetic license can be a valuable asset to any writer’s arsenal.
Tell Me a Story
Caption Obvious • A professional cartoonist gets serious about finding just the right words for hilarious panel descriptions.
GETTING STARTED WITH PATREON
Fund Your Writing With Patreon • The website offers creatives a more sustainable model for crowdfunding—ongoing micro-payments from interested benefactors.
Caroline Eisenmann • FRANCES GOLDIN LITERARY AGENCY
BREAKING IN • Debut authors: How they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too.
Search Party • Our annual agent feature is back, with full profiles of 35 reps seeking new clients now.
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FIND YOUR UNIQUE SELLING PROPOSITION
Seeking Thrills • We asked 6 agents hungry for thrillers to share their thoughts on the state of the genre, what’s trending and what’s in store for the future. As you dive in, remember these reps are currently seeking new writers! Think you match up? Flip back a few pages (“Search Party,” Page 22) and send them a query—while the trail is still hot.
MEET THE AGENT ROUNDTABLE
Taming the synopsis • The prospect of condensing a novel into a synopsis can intimidate even the most seasoned writers. But when approached one step at a time, this fearsome beast can become a trusted companion on your publishing journey.
WHAT ABOUT OUTLINES?
THE WD INTERVIEW Curtis Sittenfeld • The bestselling Eligible author explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the richest social commentary.
GRAND FINALE • A powerful, unexpected ending will leave readers hungry for your next novel. Consider the following techniques to help your story resonate long past the last page.
Think It Through • Whichever approach you take in crafting your ending, take into account these important considerations that will help frame your final pages.
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK • A literary agent’s mostly serious answers to your mostly serious questions.
Monster on the Hill • THE CHALLENGE: Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo below.
ENTER YOUR STORY • WRITE A SHORT STORY of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt below. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.
Pacing & Action • PUT YOU THROUGH THE PACES
Time It Right
TRICKS TO AMP UP SCENES
Play With Pacing
TAKE TWO • Lessons from the world of screenwriting to inform, inspire and incite action!
CONFERENCE SCENE • Events to advance your craft, connections and career.
POTPOURRI FOR THE PEN • An aromatic blend of writerly diversions.