The Writer's Edge is dedicated to novel writing and development. As the official blog of Algonkian Writer Conferences, it's mission is to provide you, the aspiring novel or narrative non-fiction author, with the realistic skills and knowledge it takes to succeed in the difficult commercial market of the 21st century. Platitudes, entitled amateurism, ego salves, popular delusions, misdirection, witless fools, and poorly presented or erroneous information are all conspicuously absent from this website.
We tell it straight up. It's not always easy or comforting, but neither is the great task of writing a novel. Many if not most of our readers are "second stage," i.e., they've passed through the fire and entered the epiphany light to realize their initial preconceptions about the novel writing process were in error. In this context, we exist to replace the horse in front of the cart where it belongs. Forgive the cliché.
From the beginning, we refocus attention on one question crucial for serious writers, one that often and unbelievably goes unexplored:
Are you writing a novel that will sell to this market in the first place?
We are here to help you answer that question. Nonetheless, when it comes to the task of providing professional guidance on matters of execution, i.e., methodical novel development and competitive prose narrative, Writer's Edge utilizes an effective "model and context" strategy which relies on portraying models of technique, structure, or craft sampled from the best authors (both classic and recent, genre and literary). The writer is thereby able to pick and choose from these models for the purpose of creating or enhancing their narrative, characters, scenes, sets, and other major story elements in the context of their own novel-in-progress.
We all stand on the shoulders of great writers gone before.
Writer's Edge Editor
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