Ask the editor: How to create authentic characters

Q: How do you write a first-person character whose voice doesn’t sound like the writer’s own? At some point does the character just take on his/her own life and you, the author, disappear? — J.W., Seattle A: Many writers choose to write in a first-person POV because this voice comes naturally — it’s similar to …

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Ask the Editor: Should I pay a reading fee?

Q: I’ve noticed that some publications now charge reading fees, and I’ve heard a lot of writers say this isn’t ethical. When, if at all, is it okay to pay a reading fee? — M.K., Los Angeles A: The short answer is: Almost never. The vast majority of reputable literary magazines do not (and should …

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Ask the Editor: Voice and character

Welcome to the Ashland Creek Press blog’s Ask the Editor series! Having received quite a few questions about writing, editing, and publishing, we’ve decided to answer a few of them here, for the benefit of all. If you have a question for us, please submit it here — and we’ll post it soon afterward, along …

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Meet the Pacific Madrone: Ashland Tree of the Year 2006

Arbor Day may be still a few weeks away but here in Oregon we like to get things started early. This week is officially Arbor Week — a uniquely Oregonian tradition. In the spirit of the week, I present Ashland’s Tree of the Year from 2006 — the Pacific Madrone: The tree lives at the …

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