Whether or not you’re already an expert on your topic, it’s vital that you do all the necessary work to get accurate information. Here's how to guarantee you do that.
If you find yourself having a difficult time sustaining one tone over a long work, try these three tricks.
What are First North American Serial Rights, how do they work and what does it mean for you when trying to get your writing published? Find out here.
Take this 5-question quiz and find out how nerdy you are when it comes to your love of the English language.
You're attending an annual pumpkin-carving party with your friends when one of them stands up and makes a shocking announcement. Start your story with the announcement and end with "And that's how I got my head stuck in the pumpkin."
There are plenty of things writers should worry about—writer’s block, plagiarism, memoirs by the cast of “Jersey Shore”—but an agent who isn’t a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives shouldn’t be high on the list. Here’s why.
If you’ve got a tablet or smartphone, you’re in business. Write on the go with the latest generation of apps.
So, it looks like over the weekend someone was tinkering with the WriterDigest.com system and accidently changed a setting to ban everyone. That's right, everyone. Heck, even I was banned—can you believe that, someone as awesome as me! Anyway, the setting has been restored and we're all back in business.
All the editors on Writer's Digest staff aren't just 9-5 editors, they are also writers and storytellers--which is why they are so passionate about writing and publishing. "WD Editors Are Writers Too" is a new column on this blog to give you a sneak peek at the folks who lead the WD community--including their...
A picture on your mantle unexpectedly falls and crashes to the floor. As you go to pick it up, you notice a note hidden behind the picture. The message is from the future—and written by you. It instructs you to do something important. What does it say?
Navajo clerks at the Circle K’s wouldn’t look Danny’s way if he took a couple of hot dogs from the rotisserie. They’d let him take big pretzels too, even the ones dripping with cheese and jalapeño peppers. He could have all the fountain drinks he wanted, and flavored coffees with names like French Vanilla,...
Meet John T. Biggs, the grand prize winner of the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. John shares a little more about himself and his writing process, as well as “Boy Witch,” the short story that took home the gold in this year’s competition.
No idea how to create your own author website? Don’t worry: Hire a professional. Web guru Karen M. Rider offers some tips on how to do just that.
When genre-bending bestseller James Lee Burke switched from writing literary fiction to crime novels, he worried: Am I selling out? Burke shares his thoughts here.
We're writers, not legal experts—and yet, every time we put words down on paper a number of legal questions arise. How do I copyright my work? Do I need to? Am I allowed to quotes song lyrics? Can I use someone else's character in my book? And that's just the tip of the pencil....
It's unclear to me how to properly thank someone I never personally knew, but considering Steve Jobs changed the way I live, work and even dream, I feel I need to find a way. Apple's head honcho wasn't just a spark that pushed the envelope of technology; he completely changed the way I (we)...
You've developed a cold only to discover that instead of sneezing, you (blank) every time feel like you have to sneeze. This side effect proves to create a fairly entertaining scene at the office with coworkers during your weekly budget meeting. Write this scene.
Bestselling Columbine author Dave Cullen shares his advice on what you can do to make a living from your writing—and how to get your work read.
I really hate it when doom and gloomers say, "No one reads anymore." October is National Book Month and I'm asking everyone to pick up that book they've been "meaning to read" and read it. Or go to your local bookstore, roam around a section, pick a book with the most interesting cover, and...
Apparently, it's the complete opposite: Typewriters are alive. Maybe a little too alive. They are being dissected and reassembled to look like human heads and bodies. It's quite amazing. Check it out here.
When submitting your work to an agent for consideration, how many sample chapters should you include in your proposal? Writer's Digest online editor Brian A. Klems explains.
A special anniversary is coming up and you've decided to go all-out to celebrate. The only thing is, this is an anniversary of something unusual and there's only one other person who knows what it's about—and he's uncomfortable celebrating. Write this scene.
Fall has so much to offer writers. The leaves change to beautiful and inspiring colors. The sun sets earlier, making for a nice dinner backdrop. And our New Year's writing resolutions, that we've ignored since mid-January, have one more chance to blossom before the end of the year. It's time to get motivated and...
Be on the lookout for these signals, which may indicate that agents and publishers are starting to take notice of your work.
You are having the worst day of your life when someone calls and changes it for the better. Who calls, what's it about and what series of events follow that call to help brighten your day?