The Writer

The Writer

September 2021

Since 1887 The Writer has provided the motivation, writing techniques, expert tips and compelling author insights that turn good writing into great writing. We’ll help you become a better writer, find markets for your work, understand the business of writing, follow industry news and trends, reach your goals, and more!

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4 min.
kanab writers conference

The town of Kanab sits between several different national parks in Southern Utah – visitors can tour Zion and Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. Each year, the scenery plays a starring role at the Kanab Writers Conference. “We have some of the most beautiful area in the country,” says conference director Kayeleen Hamblin. “We make sure to incorporate it into our event.” The 2021 conference kicks off on Nov. 4 with an optional plein air hike and writing retreat, led by experienced trail guides who reveal dinosaur tracks and hidden lakes among the red rock landscape. There’s plenty of time for writing and reflection, and participants are encouraged to bring pen and notebook. “We take you out into nature, and we say, ‘Welcome to…

1 min.
this month on writermag.com

Last chance to enter our Summer Flash Contest! Our most popular contest of the year will be over in a flash, so don’t wait another second to enter your best work of 1,000 words or less. Enter by August 12 for your chance to win $1,000 and publication in our magazine. Learn more at writermag.com/contests Did you miss our summer webinar? It’s not too late to watch! Members have access to all of our webinar recordings to watch on demand, including our most recent June webinar, “How to Build the Best Support System for Your Writing” with senior editor Nicki Porter. Not a member? Start your free trial today at writermag.com/membership. STAY IN TOUCH Put our free e-mail newsletter to work: Check out our weekly newsletter, which offers highlights from our website and the magazine…

1 min.
mark the spot

“I love the way that each book – any book – is its own journey. You open it, and off you go…”—Sharon Creech OTOTO “NESSIE TALE” BOOKMARK Traditional bookmarks are for squares. Loch Ness Monster bookmarks are for legends. $10, ototodesign.com BOOK DARTS Why simply mark a page when you can mark the last line you read? These slim metal “darts” point to your place without adding heft, also making them ideal for highlighting multiple research passages or quotes. $9.95, stellarfactory.com VEKKIA BOOKMARK BOOK LIGHT Keep turning pages as the sun sets with the help of this light-bookmark combo. It clips onto your book and offers three brightness settings, including warmer light tones for easier-on-the-eyes bedtime reading. $15.99, amazon.com BOBINO BOOKMARK PEN This bookmark-pen combo is a perfect match for journalers, underliners, and annotaters. $6.95, us.mybobino.com WOODEN BOOKSTAND Bookmarks aren’t the only way to…

13 min.
vices & virtues, complexities & contradictions

To be a successful fiction writer, you need engaging characters, a compelling plot, and riveting language. Clearly conflict is important – fiction thrives on conflict, and conflict drives the plot. A short story or novel without a plot, even if it’s character-driven, isn’t a story; it’s merely a sketch. And the language, of course, is much of what makes fiction live for readers. Vibrant language energizes a story. But so often, it’s characters who pull us in – characters we can relate to, root for, or at least empathize with. Chief of all characters is the main character, or protagonist, who must hook readers from the very beginning. Since that’s the case, choose your protagonist wisely. But how do you do that? What’s involved in that choice? We polled several seasoned short…

1 min.
tips from the pros

ETHEL ROHAN “A good protagonist consistently, credibly, and uniquely surprises the writer, and in turn the reader. She’s someone readers root for even as she might disappoint, anger, frighten, and repulse because she also excites, tenderizes, and encourages. The great protagonists don’t only change; they effect change in others, including the reader.” LAYLA ALAMMAR “A good protagonist slides under the reader’s skin, sinks their hooks in, and refuses to let go. They become real, in every sense of the word. Readers find themselves thinking of the protagonist’s life before the narrative began, and they imagine the protagonist’s life after the final page. That’s ultimately the writer’s goal – for their characters to take on an existence beyond the story they crafted.” SADIE HOAGLAND “A good protagonist keeps you close – you can’t take your eyes…

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journalism jargon

You just received an email from your editor, who thinks you wrote a terrific dek and lede, but they’ll be choosing a different hed, and oh, could your nut graf be fleshed out just a bit more? Here are some of the terms you might run into: Hed: The headline. What your work is titled. Dek: The subhead, also called a dek. Generally this is a sentence (or sentence fragment) that follows the headline and gives audiences a little more information about the story they’re about to read. Byline: Wondering who the heck wrote this article? You’ll find out in the byline, which, helpfully, usually begins “By…” Dateline: Where (and often when) the story is filed. Look for them at the beginning of news articles before the actual article text begins. Lede: The first paragraph of…