If you don’t subscribe to The Writer magazine, hurry out to your nearest bookstore to purchase the September issue. There’s a super-fantastic article you need to read if you write fiction. How To Take Your Fiction to the Next Level by Pamela Redmond Satran is great enough to replace the majority of our how-to books.According to her bio, Satran is the author or editor of 18 books, including three this year: the novel The Possibility of You, the bestseller 30 Things Every Woman Should Have & Should Know by the Time She’s 30, and the forthcoming humor book Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or just Crazy?
Satran also co-produced Nameberry, the go-to site for expert opinion, savvy advice and information on baby names. Believe me, this is a character-naming heaven! Check it out.
You may have heard the sad news: The Writer, that wonderful 125 year old magazine, will be taking a “break” after their October issue. Read it and weep, HERE. I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ve always loved the clean, crisp look of The Writer and enjoyed their informative, uncluttered pages. I hope KalmbachPublishing finds a buyer.
In the mean time, grab your September issue before it disappears, and learn from it. While there are many wonderful articles inside this issue, including interviews with Margaret Atwood and Sandra Brown, Satran’s article is well worth the $$$. Believe me, as I read, I felt an adrenalin rush. I grabbed my laptop and took notes. Her tips and suggestions will make our fiction extraordinary--and show us how to take our writing to the next level. And like Satran says, "Whether you're a beginner or a master, there's always a next level."