Packed full of the insights and perspectives of dozens of well-respected authors talking about their techniques, their personal and professional challenges, and what they teach their creative-writing students, Writers Ask is used in writing programs across the country. Especially valuable to thoughtful writers, it's also perfect for the seriously curious literary reader.
Topics in Writers Ask Issue 65: Early Roots, Autobiograhical Material, Theme, Advice for New Writers. And you'll get this special Focus piece: "A Powerful Sort of Doubt," by Eugene Cross.
When I write a piece of fiction, there is an added bonus, for I can make myself feel connected to the larger human family by giving other people pieces of my own reality, thereby getting outside of my own limited view.—Nellie Hermann
What writers do is they tell their own story constantly through other people's stories.—Tobias Wolff, interviewed by Travis Holland
I remember the feelings of suspense and heartbreak, and the need to know what happened next.—Maile Meloy, interviewed by Joshua Bodwell
The process of writing a story is often a process of unpacking the thematic contents. You know you're done with a story when you finally understand why you wrote it in the first place.—Peter Ho Davies, interviewed by Jeremiah Chamberlin
Learning how to analyze a play with the intention of directing it or performing in it is very similar to the way a writer must think about literature—as something alive and malleable, as something that must not just be understood and dissected but be fully inhabited.—K.L. Cook, interviewed by Lucrecia Guerrero
A few Focus examples from earlier issues:
Allison Amend: Instructions for a Do-It-Yourself Book Tour
Gabriel Brownstein: Just the Facts, Ma'am—Expository Dialogue and Student Fiction
Jon Chopan: Desire: Character and Motivation
Catherine Ryan Hyde: Another Perspective on Rejection