word craft




A Letter from the Editor

One of the stan­dard forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tion between a writer and pub­lish­er is the edi­to­r­i­al let­ter. It works this way: 

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The Phantom of the Opera and Rereading

In which I mar­vel at the num­ber of times Phans have attend­ed The Phan­tom of the Opera and re-read books such as Har­ry Pot­ter, Pride and Prej­u­dice, and The True Con­fes­sions of Char­lotte Doyle. Let’s com­pile a list of books worth re-reading.

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The Canterbury Tales


One of the more intri­cate ques­tions a writer of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion must deal with is lan­guage. Eng­lish, which has the largest vocab­u­lary of any of the world’s lan­guages, is con­stant­ly evolving …

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Writing with dysgraphia

A com­put­er rad­i­cal­ly changed the way I wrote. Even when I had com­mit­ted to pro­fes­sion­al writing—and had already pub­lished some books—I had strug­gled all my life with being dysgraphic. 

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reading out loud

Reading my work out loud

I am a believ­er that the best way to teach young peo­ple how to write (and read) is to read to them out loud. It is also the best way to improve your own writing.

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No More Magic

Avi, What’s Your Best Book?

When I talk to my young read­ers and some­times adults, one of the most com­mon ques­tions I am asked is, “Of all the books you have writ­ten, what’s your favorite?” 

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publishing industry

It’s a Privilege

In my years of writ­ing this blog, I haven’t com­ment­ed much about what it takes to work in the pub­lish­ing indus­try, the world that cre­ates the phys­i­cal book.

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