Opening up your lunch box, you expect to find your normal mixture of baby carrots, a slightly-mushed sandwich and a clementine. But today's different. Instead of the food you swore you had packed that morning, there's a mysterious note signed by—yourself? What does it say, and why can't you remember writing it? Perhaps most...
Put aside any thought of a little pink diary with Hello Kitty on the cover, secured by a lock that can be jimmied with a toothpick. I’m here to talk about why keeping diary may hold the key to achieving a meaningful adult life. It’s a realization I came to not long ago. I’d...
This intensive and information-filled 90-minute webinar is based on the work of Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld's new book, Writing Deep Scenes.
Join us for the live event and have a chance to get written feedback on your query letter from a literary agent who works with middle grade or young adult authors (or both)!
Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 21st annual self-published competition — the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.
The Writer's Digest Annual Conference is one of the biggest events for writers in the country with a chance to pitch agents face-to-face. Sign up now for the best registration price.
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.