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 62: Structure and Pacing, How Reading Shapes Writing, Writing as Art, Writing Programs and Workshops. And you'll get these special Focus pieces: "On Reading Thrillers and Writing One," by Justin Kramon, and "Comedy in Fiction," by Lee Martin.
I'd recommend it to anyone. See how Updike describes a snowstorm. Or traveling in a car with a friend. See how Antonya Nelson deftly and strategically inserts backstory to drive frontstory forward, not merely to provide information.—Cary Groner
When you read great writing and figure out not only why you are on the verge of tears but how, then it is inspiring. When you read bad writing, it can be pretty inspiring, too. If this can get published then sure as hell I can too!—James Smart
After working on a book for a long time, you, at some point, have to give up on hour original intentions for it and start honoring the book that you actually did write.—K.L. Cook, interviewed by Lucrecia Guerrero
I'm just trying to be honest, as honest as I can. If I were trying to write with the taste of the multitudes in mind, I'm afraid I'd never be able to finish anything.—Michael Parker, 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