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 64: Character, Use of Language, Point of View, Publishing. And you'll get this special Focus piece: "Write What You Know About What You Donít Know (Or the Other Way Around)," by Adam O'Fallon Price.

As with all of us, her strengths and her weaknesses are connected.—Perri Klass, interviewed by Charlotte Templin

Even though my initial drafts might look like a chaotic mess on the page, even though those drafts might end up being three times as long as the final drafts will be, the process of exploring the characters' lives fully helps me to understand what the story is really about.—Andrew Porter

If I'm not finished psychologically with characters, they will recur, either as themselves or as new slightly altered manifestations, and their same issues will reappear. It's a matter of the subject and emotional investment and my own obsessive thinking about various issues.—Antonya Nelson, interviewed by Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais

I've learned to be interested—and this again is something I've learned from writers who got there before me—in how many different degrees there can be between a full omniscient voice, a pure God voice, and a deep subjective third person where nothing is outside the character's thoughts.—Jonathan Lethem, interviewed by Brian Gresko

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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