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Write Faster, Write Better
By David A. Fryxell
240 pages
Writers Digest Books (April 2004)
ISBN: 1582972869

Now on sale at your favorite bookstore or available directly from the publisher.


All writers have felt the pressure of a deadline. And whether they are writing for an anxious editor or just to pay the bills, they need all the time-saving techniques they can find. In Write Faster, Write Better, David A. Fryxell walks readers through every step of the writing process--from idea to publishable manuscript--and teaches fiction and nonfiction writers alike how to save time with careful organization, diligent planning, and smart research. Also included are tips on using the Internet to increase speed and productivity without sacrificing quality or creativity.


“An invaluable tool whether you are a beginning writer or a writer of somewhat more experience. Right from the first chapter, you will know you’re in good hands.”—Terry Brooks, bestselling fantasy novelist


“With a fresh, direct and humorous tone, each page teems with tips. Fryxell blends organizational techniques for project and time management with years of real-world experience in this invaluable writer’s resource, swirling with advice for writers of both fiction and nonfiction.”—ForeWord magazine


About David A. Fryxell

Freelance writer, editor and consultant — Available for magazine articles; book and magazine editing and development; publishing consulting for repositioning, redesign, competitive analysis, launches, editorial training and staff development. Current projects include editing Tufts Healthy Living, a newsstand magazine for the prestigious Tufts University, and writing the monthly Freelancer’s Workshop column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

Editor & Publisher, Desert Exposure — Own and operate monthly regional tabloid magazine serving southwest New Mexico.

2001-2003: Editor-in-Chief, F&W Publications — Writer’s Digest, Family Tree Magazine, Comair Navigator, Personal Journaling, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Decorative Artist’s Workbook magazines; Writer's Digest Books; Writer's Digest Market Books including Writer's Market

1998-2001: Editorial Director–Magazines, F&W Publications — Writer’s Digest, Family Tree Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, How, Watercolor Magic, Decorative Artist’s Workbook, Popular Woodworking, Fiction Writer and I.D. magazines.

1996-1998: Executive Producer, Twin Cities Sidewalk, published by Microsoft

1992-1996: St. Paul Pioneer Press: Senior Editor/Business and Technology (1996); Senior Editor/Technology and New Ventures (1995-96); Executive Features Editor/Director of New Ventures (1994-1995); Features Editor (1992-1994)

1991-92: Editor, Milwaukee Magazine, and Editorial Director, Quad/Creative Publishing

1985-91: Director of Publications, University of Pittsburgh, and Executive Editor of Pitt Magazine, William Pitt Journal, and Managing magazine

1982-85: Circuit Writer columnist, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald

1981-82: Senior Editor, Horizon magazine

1977-81: Editor, Webb Inflight Magazine Group—Managing Editor, TWA Ambassador magazine (1980-81); Senior Editor, TWA Ambassador magazine (1979-80); Associate Editor, TWA Ambassador and Passages magazines (1978-79); Intern, TWA Ambassador and Passages (1977)

Professional Achievements

Who’s Who in America

Awards: National Magazine Awards, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, Penney-Missouri Awards/Missouri Lifestyle Awards, American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, City and Regional Magazine Association, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Women in Communications Matrix Awards, International Association of Business Communicators Golden Triangle Awards, Society of Publication Design, Mercury Awards, University and College Designers Association, Magazine Design and Production Ozzie Awards, Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, Public Relations Society of America, Iowa Newspaper Association Frank Nye Newswriting Awards, Wisconsin UPI, Chicago Art Directors Club

Speaker (partial list): Maui Writers Conference Panama Canal Cruise; Maui Writers Conference; Minnesota Christian Writers Association; Southwest Writers; Society of Professional Journalists; Colorado Press Association


B.A. in journalism and English from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1978



Click here for my Fryxell family genealogy page

Writing Credits

Author of Double-Parked on Main Street (Ex Machina, 1988), How to Write Fast (Writer’s Digest Books, 1992), Elements of Article Writing: Structure and Flow (Writer’s Digest Books, 1996), Write Faster, Write Better (Writer’s Digest Books, 2004)

Writer’s Digest magazine: Nonfiction/Freelancer’s Workshop columnist, 1994-present

Editor of The Family Tree Guide Book: Everything you need to know to trace your genealogy across North America (Betterway Books, 2002)

Contributor to The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing (Writer’s Digest Books, 2002)

Contributor to The Family Tree Big Book (Betterway Books)

Horizon magazine: film critic and contributing editor, 1982-84

Articles for Travel & Leisure, Playboy, Reader's Digest, TWA Ambassador, Passages, Savvy, AAA World, Writer's Digest, Kiwanis, Diversion, Friendly Exchange, Horizon, Databar, American Way, Easy Living, American Lutheran Church News Service, UPI, Newsweek, GE Good Life, River/Land, Self, Link-Up, Ozark, Wisconsin Sportsman, The Lion, Honeywell Qualities, Honeywell World, Light, Dazzle, InTouch, Logic, Express, Midwest Living, Online Access, Online User, St. Paul Pioneer Press Travel section, Family Tree Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine