Ever since I started writing, I’ve tried to simultaneously learn as much about the craft as possible. I devour books about writing, subscribe to Writer’s Digest, buy DVDs of writing classes, and regularly go to talks by authors in bookstores. I feel many of the strategies I’ve picked up have really made a difference.
There’s something else I do because my job as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan allows me to: I pump all the successful authors I meet through work, as well as certain experts, such as psychologists, who have insight about things like character development. Because I have this great kind of access, I decided to create One-Minute Writing Workshops on my site to showcase some of these writers and experts. I hope that their strategies, secrets and know-how will inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me.