Writers Ask is an inexpensive, no-frills, topic-centered publication for writers who are committed to creating meaningful literary fiction. It's packed with the wisdom and perspectives of accomplished authors, many of whom teach in creative writing programs around the country.

Topics in Writers Ask Issue 66: Approaches to Writing, Taboos and Secrets, Writing as Therapy, Writing Programs and Workshops, Writing Away from Home. And you'll get this special Focus piece: "It Is All Ours to Make," by Laura van den Berg.

I tell myself not to think too much. For me, writing is a very intuitive process, and if you start thinking too much about what the story is about or what you want to happen in the story too early in the process, then you limit what the story can be. I like to be surprised when I'm writing a story.—Andrew Porter, interviewed by Trevor Gore

Having a secret feels like having the ability to keep some small part of yourself protected from the utter chaos of life. This is an illusion, of course…it is an illusion as well that keeping secrets under wraps protects us from pain.—Barb Johnson, interviewed by Andrew Scott

My stories and essays begin with lists. On whatever is at hand—and often in the margins or endpapers of book I'm reading—I jot down fragments in the order that my mind offers them.—Yelizaveta P. Renfro

If I sit down with passion and let that passion be carried along the wave of an idea, the work seems to have energy as well. There's an emotional component. The more emotional I am when writing the more emotion the reader will find in the work.—D.B.C. Pierre, interviewed by Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais

The mystery of life unfolds in unexpected ways when you're in a different country. Common things shine with newness, and that's what writers should do—we should remind people that the ordinary is always extraordinary.—Patrick Hicks

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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