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 63: Beginnings, Relationship to Reader, Forms, The Writing Life. And you'll get this special Focus piece: "Separating Author, Narrator, and Character," by Frederick Reiken.

Then others—some in their twenties and some in their sixties—told me they had this late-blooming feeling, and I came to realize that the feeling isn't about age so much as it is about finally paying attention to what it is you really want in life.—Barb Johnson

It's our job as writers to find the moment of crisis in a story—that moment when a character’s normal life has been jolted in some profound way. We need to let the reader share in this moment.—Patrick Hicks

If I listen to the world, it pours prompts, it gushes prompts. It takes discipline to pay attention and watch. It takes self-control to be quiet and write about it later.—Stefanie Freele

I write what I do in order to be able to live as happily as I do. I have to vent out the disastrous stuff, and I know how to do it. It's amateur psychologoy 101: I try to force the stuff I'm afraid of into a shape. By making it fiction, I get to control it.——Christopher Coake, interviewed by Andrew Scott

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

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