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Our annual Inspiration Issue features a special section exploring the engine of ideas that drives our writing, including tips for generating more ideas faster, a quarrel over art versus life, our tenth annual look at debut poets, and fresh writing prompts for the new year; as well as a new column, Reviewers & Critics, featuring Dwight Garner of the New York Times; the art of reading John Berryman; and much more.


Listen to "Too Young to Marry but Not Too Young to Die," an answer song by Ben Arthur, written and recorded in response to the poem by Joyce Carol Oates.

Launch the Podcast

Launching a Best-Seller Without Selling Your Soul: The Rewards of Self-Promotion

by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore and Dan Blank

The Practical Writer

Posted 1.21.15

November/December 2014

Through blogging, social media, newsletters, and book giveaways, a novelist teams up with the founder of WeGrowMedia to market her book—and show how making a personal connection with readers can go a long way towards making a book a best-seller.


Reviewers & Critics: Dwight Garner of the New York Times

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 1.15.15

January/February 2015

In the inaugural installment of our new feature, Reviewers & Critics, New York Times book reviewer Dwight Garner talks about his experience as a critic—the required credentials (or lack thereof), how to cut through the hype, the role of negative reviews, and more.


Breaking Into the Silence: Our Tenth Annual Look at Debut Poets

by Melissa Faliveno

Special Section

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

In our tenth annual look at debut poets, we’ve asked the more than one hundred poets previously included in this feature to nominate their favorite debut collections of 2014. From that longlist of outstanding work, we’ve selected ten poets to feature here, who share their inspirations and influences, how their books began, and advice to those hoping to get their own books out into the world.