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Author Archives: Courtney Carpenter

Write a Novel That Kicks Ass!


Whether you want to break into fiction writing or get tips for writing a novel, you’ll find advice from experts, and the top 10 essential tools for novel writing in this month’s premium collection. Read more

Discover The Basic Elements of Setting In a Story

setting in writing | between the lines

No matter if you are just getting started or want to break into fiction writing, setting is a crucial element to any story. In order to create an imaginary world for your … Read more

Exploring Theme – A Key Component to Successful Writing

Core Competencies | Story Engineering Larry Brooks

Discover one of the key components to successful writing — theme. In the following excerpt from Story Engineering, author Larry Brooks explains the difference between theme and concept. Plus, learn why theme … Read more

Learn How to Recover Your Voice When Writing

How to be a writer | voice in writing

Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or a blog–it’s important to have a unique voice in writing, or style. Your writing voice conveys to readers your personality and when writing fiction, can add … Read more

Introducing Writer’s Digest eBooks: Everything You Need To Improve Your Writing and Get Published


Visit Writer’s Digest eBooks, a new website devoted to helping you achieve your writing goals. Peruse our online collection of writing resources and subscribe today! Read more

5 Things You Don’t Need To Include When Writing Summaries

novel writing techniques | laura whitcomb author

One of the challenges writers face when writing a novel is balancing scene with summary. Today’s tip of the day focuses on what you should not include when summarizing a scene or … Read more

7 Tools For Pacing A Novel & Keeping Your Story Moving At The Right Pace

how to pace a novel | crafting novels and short stories

Pacing is a crucial component of fiction writing. After all, it’s important to keep your readers “hooked” throughout your story. Whether you are just getting started in writing or looking to break … Read more

Focus On: The Memoir Essay


If you’re interested in sharing your personal experiences through writing, consider learning more about the memoir essay. The following excerpt is taken from Crafting The Personal Essay by Dinty W. Moore. You’ll … Read more

Crafting A Crime Fiction Novel & Ways To Kill A Character

how to pace a novel | crafting novels and short stories

Part of crafting a crime fiction novel is knowing who your villain is and using this information to create the perfect–and plausible–crime. In this excerpt written by Hallie Ephron, you’ll learn how … Read more

Learn How To Motivate Your Characters


At some point or another, all writers will struggle with their story’s characters. If you are hitting a brick wall when it comes to developing your characters or simply need inspiration for … Read more

5 Things Every Writer Should Know About E-Publishing Today & How to Find Success In Publishing

e-book publishing | writer's digest magazine

The May/June 2012 issue focuses on e-book publishing and the ways in which traditional publishing is changing. Plus, we reveal this year’s 101 Best Websites for Writers! Read more

The Top Three Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Plot

Novel writing tips | Nighttime Novelist

Every writer knows crafting a great story revolves around plot–one of the essential elements of storytelling. But do you know what exactly plot is? In the following excerpt from The Nighttime Novelist, … Read more

The Best Advice on How to Write Children’s Books & Young Adult Novels

You Can Write Children's Books

Learn how to write children’s books and get expert advice and tips from Tracey E. Dils, author of You Can Write Children’s Books. Read more

Comedy Writing Techniques & How Clichés Are Used in Writing Humor

comedy writing secrets | comedy techniques

Explore the fundamentals of humor writing with these tips taken from Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz. You’ll learn the different techniques used to create a play on words, what … Read more

What To Avoid When Writing A Novel: Overactive or Inactive Characters & Subplots

Novel writing tips | Nighttime Novelist

One of the most common plot problems writers face is mistaking minor characters and subplots for the main character and primary plot. In the following excerpt, Joseph Bates, author of The Nighttime … Read more

Get Started Writing A Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel!

how to write science fiction | how to write a fantasy novel

Grab the Write Science Fiction & Fantasy premium collection and discover everything you need to successfully write science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal stories. Read more

The Best Ways to Find Ideas For a Good Story

Novel writing tips | Nighttime Novelist

It’s fairly simple–in order to write a novel or story, you must have a solid idea first. Most writers struggle at one time or another coming up with the right story idea. … Read more

Spotlight on Story Engineering & The Six Core Competencies

Core Competencies | Story Engineering Larry Brooks

Before you start writing your next story, consider reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. In the following excerpt, you’ll discover the elements of storytelling and how to achieve success in writing! Get … Read more

Realistic Expectations For Writing a Memoir

Writing Life Stories

Learn what a memoir is and how to create memories with today’s tip of the day taken from Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach, with Kristen Keckler. What is a memoir? Memoir … Read more

10 Misconceptions About Writing Books For Children

You Can Write Children's Books

Learn what it takes to achieve success in children’s book publishing as well as essential information about the publishing industry from You Can Write Children’s Books by Tracey E. Dils. Read on … Read more

How to Submit Short Stories & Formatting Basics


Today’s Tip of the Day comes from Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino and the WD Editors. The following excerpt teaches you how to submit short stories and gives tips … Read more

Everything You Need to Know About The Basics of Writing

writing basics | Creative inspiration and more!

Get creative writing tips, learn quick outline methods, and discover ways to improve your writing skills with Writing Basics. Read more

The Author Platform Explained

The Productive Writer | Inspiration for writing

It’s essential these days for authors to have a clear understanding of writing platforms. Learn what an author’s platform is and ways to build a writing platform from today’s tip of the … Read more

An Introduction to Writing the Paranormal Novel & Supernatural Elements

Want to learn the difference between a paranormal novel and a story with a supernatural element? Today’s tip of the day from Writing the Paranormal Novel answers this question and others you … Read more

Take Your Writing to New Heights & Learn How to Write a Novel

write great fiction | learn to write fiction

This month’s premium collection–Write Great Fiction–spotlights the art of writing fiction. Whether your goal is to learn how to write fiction or write a novel in 30 days, this special collection can take your writing to new heights. Read more

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