At first it's like any other day. You wake up, shower, start to brew your morning cup of coffee, and that's when you notice—outside the window, there's nothing there. Just an endless black void. What happened? Where are you? How do you get back to reality?
You start training to run a half-marathon. Things are going well and you've developed a route that you like to run. One day you notice someone peeking out the window of one of the houses you pass, though you think nothing of it. But then the next day the peeper is back again. And...
As a doctor for hire you’ve met a fair share of odd folks. Nothing quite like this though: A man in his mid-thirties stands before you, clutching a wound just given to him by another man sprinting down the street. Now the perpetrator trips and lands on his own knife. Screaming for help and...
If a literary agent asks for a six-week exclusive window to look at your manuscript, should you grant it? Here's what you should consider.
You have been chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch for the 2016 Summer Olympics. It’s finally your turn to carry the Torch and you are so nervous you might throw up. You take the Torch from its previous carrier and start running. As cameras flash and the world watches, you trip and go...
If you’re a self-published author, you know it’s an arduous task to get your books noticed, and as the self-publishing industry continues to expand, there is a growing difficulty for authors to stand out. Kindle claims to have close to 4 million e-books in its store, and I’ve heard recent estimates that 40-45% of...
You are standing at the altar waiting to marry the person of your dreams. The preacher says, “Should anyone here present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace.” You smile at your soon-to-be spouse, ready to get on with the...
Join us March 19-20, 2016, for The Well-Sold Story Weekend, a brand-new Writer's Digest event in Boston with a goal of helping you to not only write a great book but position it for success in today's difficult publishing climate.
This intensive and information-filled 90-minute webinar gives you a tour of how these sites work and how writers are using them to move their career forward. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, March 24. Sign up here.
"Writing is a job...and requires the same day-to-day discipline—that is, showing up and getting your work done. I can think of no better advice for writers." While that's his best advice, he has other great tips for writers. Check them out here.
For a fiction writer, weaving a real historical incident into my narrative posed an interesting challenge. Here's what you should know.
You are an expert at capturing alligators—they call you “The Alligator Whisperer.” Your work has helped scientists gather extensive information on the life of alligators and you are hailed as a hero in the scientific community. Everything is going great until one day the alligators start hunting you. What do you do?
In honor of the great Harper Lee's passing, we'd like to share her writing advice from the September 1961 Writer's Digest.
You were involved in a terrible car accident and have been in a coma for the past three months. What your family and the doctors don’t know is that you can hear everything that they say. Write the scene.
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Carly Watters will teach you how to deconstruct rejections and more. Plus, as a bonus, Carly will critique your one-page query letter! Details here.
Write a story that begins with the title of the book you’ve most recently read and ends with the name of your favorite character that you’ve written.
Have the main character in your novel (or short story) write a letter to you. What would they say? Have them write whatever you want.
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Jennifer De Chiara will guide you, step by step, in writing the perfect pitch for your book. Plus, she'll critique your query letter. Sign up now.
Write 10 sentences using a different cliché in each. Now, rewrite the sentence to eliminate the cliché and find a more clever and creative way to convey its meaning.
“I’d love to _____ but my _____ just _____!” (And then write a story that follows it.)
Hi All! Barbara Poelle again….remember yesterday how I was salivating for a new thriller author? I asked my author Nick Petrie (THE DRIFTER, Putnam, out this week!) how he hooked me in…here’s what he had to say. About Nicholas Petrie: He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood...
After a grueling day at work you go home. The sweet allure of your couch and captain crunch is over powering! You arrive at the door, stick in the key, yank it open and … see a writhing horde of Minotaur chanting in the night and then one notices you and charges. You slam...
To get the story straight, Dave, we think, has become a chicken. Just the worst of luck with that guy. Tom is claiming he married the futon that’s now covered in yogurt, Carl is on the chandelier with the dog and you just walked in after getting groceries. What the heck happened here?
Agents and editors won't give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. Make sure you've got the kind of opening they're looking for with the help from these literary agents!
Learn how to craft an effective query letter, write strong first pages, avoid common mistakes and more. PLUS: Interact one-on-one with an agent!