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The Writer

The Writer August 2019

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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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
sharing the spotlight

When we write creative nonfiction about our lives, we immediately take center stage in the narrative. We must feel confident and comfortable in that role. After all, it’s our experiences, our memories, our confessions that propel the story forward; shyness need not apply here. Yet the problem with being “onstage on the page” is that it can be far too easy to forget your audience when you’re standing up there, blinded by the bright lights. When a narrative is so author-centric that it fails to provide any takeaway for the reader, the writer transforms from the star in the spotlight to the bore who cornered you at a party. Without room to contribute to the conversation, the audience fidgets, loses interest, and looks for any excuse to leave. Because that’s the secret…

1 min.
the writer

Senior Editor Nicki Porter Contributing Editor Melissa Hart Copy Editor Toni Fitzgerald EDITORIAL BOARD James Applewhite, Andre Becker, Eve Bunting, Mary Higgins Clark, Roy Peter Clark, Lewis Burke Frumkes, Gail Godwin, Eileen Goudge, Rachel Hadas, John Jakes, John Koethe, Lois Lowry, Peter Meinke, Katherine Paterson, Elizabeth Peters, Arthur Plotnik ART & PRODUCTION Art Director Carolyn V. Marsden Graphic Designer Jaron Cote OPERATIONS VP, Strategy Jason Pomerantz Operations Coordinator Toni Eunice Human Resources Generalist Alicia Roach Client Services Supervisor Cheyenne Corliss Senior Client Services Associate Tou Zong Her Client Services Aubrie Britto, Darren Cormier, Andrea Palli Accounting Director Amanda Joyce Accounts Payable Associate Tina McDermott Accounts Receivable Associate Wayne Tuggle DIGITAL OPERATIONS Senior Director, Digital Products Renee Dextradeur WordPress Developer David Glassman Senior Digital Designer Mike Decker SALES & MARKETING Media Solutions Director Scott Luksh Senior Media Solutions Manager Alexandra Piccirilli PHONE: 617-279-0213 EMAIL: apiccirilli@madavor.com Client Services clientservices@madavor.com Marketing Director Andrew Yeum Marketing Associate Tommy Goodale Social Media Manager Tim Doolan Content Marketing Associates Anthony Buzzeo, Joanna Cassidy EXECUTIVE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey C. Wolk Chief Operating Officer Peter Madden SVP, Sales & Marketing Robin Morse VP, Business Operations Courtney Whitaker…

1 min.
2019 summer flash contest

Gone in a flash Our summer flash contest asks for your best piece of writing (fiction or nonfiction) in less than 1,000 words. But the word count isn’t the only thing that’s short – writers have just six weeks to enter their work to be considered. Submit your best short-short stories and essays by Aug. 15 for your chance to win. Never miss a post from The Writer Our weekly newsletter showcases the best of writermag.com – including exclusive digital-only content you can’t find in print. Don’t miss a writing beat: Sign up for our e-newsletter today, and you’ll always be in the know. Let us know what you think Help us make The Writer better: We’re hosting a reader survey to find out what you most want to read in our pages. Find the…

8 min.
what i wish i’d known

“When it comes to memoir, we want to catch the author in a lie. When we read fiction, we want to catch the author telling the truth.”—Tayari Jones I wish I’d known a writer can fix anything but a blank page. I wish I’d known the best writing comes from the gut and not from the head. I wish I’d known that, to find your voice, you have to write every day, read every day, and get out of your comfort zone. Find a different route to the market. Find a different market. Walk a new street. Visit a new city. I wish I’d known that all those people who say you have to write a million words before you can call yourself a writer are wrong. It’s closer to 2 or 3 million…

1 min.
memory jogs

Write about… • The first snowfall you can remember• A memorable birthday dinner or cake• A moment when you realized your parents were human, not gods• One of the first times you stood up for yourself• Your favorite (or least-favorite) Independence Day• The worst road trip of your life• A time when you received an unexpected gift• The first time you ate a dish or cuisine you never ate at home• A fight with one of your friends• Your favorite memory involving water (lakes, oceans, pools, sprinklers…)• A toy you fiercely wanted• Your most memorable first day of school• An album you were obsessed with• An outfit you loved but your family (or friends) hated• An especially bad haircut• A time you got lost (or felt lost)• A vivid memory involving…

1 min.
summer reading for the memoirist

“In a memoir, feelings are more important than facts, and to write honestly, I have to confront my demons.”—Isabel Allende The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr Legendary memoirist Mary Karr – author of best-selling books The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit – shares what she’s learned in 30-plus years of teaching and writing the form with her signature wit and brutal honesty. Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington Originally published in 1997 and now in its second edition, award-winning memoirist Judith Barrington’s book is a classic for a reason: From legal issues and ethics to voice and memory selection, Barrington covers it all – and provides a wealth of helpful writing prompts in the process. Let it Bleed: How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir by Pamela Des Barres Pamela Des Barres, best-selling author of I’m…