You and a friend have decided to try and follow a rainbow to see if the end holds a pot of gold. But when you finally reach the end, you find something much more valuable than a pot of gold—and it changes your life. Write this scene.
I didn't plan to be a superhero, but all of that changed when I got bit by a __________. (And then write a story that follows it.)
Write a story about a millennial teenager who, through a high school experiment gone wrong, time travels back to his/her same high school in the 80s and has to spend a day in that era before finding a way to time-travel back.
In honor of President's Day, we've pulled together seven quotes from former commanders-in-chief about the importance of writing and reading.
You've finally decided it's time to break up with your significant other. You just haven't felt that connection for awhile and know it's time to move on. So you go over to his/her house and, after explaining how you feel, you feel relieved--that is, until your now ex-significant reminds you that it is Valentine's...
There are several rules of thought on how to handle writing numbers, but the most common is pretty simple. Here's when you should spell out numbers and when you shouldn't.
Learn, revise your writing and work directly with an agent who will provide feedback specific to your work. It starts Thursday,
In an ironic twist, a dog really ate your homework. When you try to explain this to your teacher she says, "Come on, you can do better than that excuse." Instead of arguing, you take that as a challenge and come up with an elaborate story as to what happened to your homework. Let...
You come into work one morning and the dry erase board on your desk has a note on it that you didn't write. You assume it's a coworker friend so, just to amuse yourself, you respond to the note on the board with your own note. The next morning you come in and there's...
Voice is like your book’s fingerprint—only the author can give a book its own style. Here's what you need to know about voice in understanding how to write a good memoir.
Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 46 winners of the 24th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. For full coverage of the awards, check out the March/April 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here for an extended Q&A with the grand-prize winner, Tabitha Lord. Grand Prize Horizon by Tabitha Lord. $15.95. Wise Ink Creative...
While we continue to explore what this means to the greater writing community, we feel it is important to share the following letter from the Americans For The Arts with our readers, whom it may affect.
Good presenters are in demand, and the benefits of being a presenter are many. But when you attend such a conference, what items warrant suitcase real estate? Here’s my list of recommended items.
After facing rejection, here's how one writer found a path forward with her work. Also, she shares three examples of how hearing “no” can lead you to a “yes.”
You are a contestant on Jeopardy and are in the lead. Final Jeopardy comes up and it's a question you know. As you are on the verge of revealing your correct answer and claiming your winnings, FBI agents rush the stage and grab you and Alex Trebeck and march you both off into a...
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If you want to muscle your female protagonists into the traditionally male world of the police procedural or PI novel, here are a few things writers should consider.
Write a story that starts with the line "You'll never get me to tell you where the jewels are," and ends with the line, "I can't believe I didn't see that coming." Be as creative as you can.
You've been tasked with ghostwriting a memoir for an extremely unusual person. You come up with many opening lines to the book, but one of them you write as a joke just to amuse yourself at how absurd the person's story is. But now that person wants you to use that line. Share it...
Here's what you need to know when considering how long to wait before following up with a magazine editor.
Write 4 things about yourself that are true and one that's a lie. Then, go on to at least one other person's post and guess which one is the lie.
What are your New Year's resolutions for 2017? Post them here and then at the end of the year, I'll feature this in the newsletter and ask you to check in to see which ones you've accomplished and reflect on your writing year.
BY VICTORIA PATTERSON The Peerless Four, based on the historical precedent of the first women allowed to compete in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics in track and field on a trial basis, was a departure from my previous story collection and novel, Drift and This Vacant Paradise, both set at the end of the 20th...
When agents ask for sample chapters, which chapters should you include? If your strongest chapters fall in the middle, is it OK if I send those? The answer is different for fiction and nonfiction.
After years of teasing and name-calling, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has finally had it. Write a strongly-worded letter to all the other reindeer from Rudolph, allowing him to air his grievances and announce that he is quitting to join (fill in the blank).