Author Archives: Courtney Carpenter

Exploring the Inner Journey of a Character’s Transformation

One key element in writing fiction is creating characters with which readers can identify. Today’s tip of the day is taken from Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke. The excerpt below, from chapter five, explains the inner journey of a character and why a character’s transformation can make or break your story. Learn Why...

Expert Tips on Writing Sensory Details in Setting & Description

Today’s tip of the day comes from Write Great Fiction: Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell, in which he discusses the importance of setting and description, and explains how including sensory details within a story can not only benefit your writing but also engage your readers. What to Avoid When Writing Description It’s...

100% Wrong Ways to Choose Fictional Character Names

Today’s tip was taken from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes. Learn how to make your fiction book or novel stand out from the others. Since the world of publishing is so competitive these days, it’s important to do what you can to make your writing stand out from the crowd. Creating awesome character...

How to Overcome Writer’s Block Like a Bestselling Author

Writers everywhere have or will lack writing inspiration. Whether you need help to overcome writer’s block, or are simply looking for inspiration for writing, read our today’s tip, taken from Write Great Fiction: Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell. We all have times in our writing when the words get stuck, or the...

Effective Writing Strategies & Motivation- Be Productive!

Whether you are seeking inspiration for writing or want to know how to get motivation to write, today’s tip, provided by The Productive Writer, will give you effective writing techniques to be productive. There is no other writer in the world who is trying to accomplish exactly what you are striving for, in the...

Writer's Digest February 2012

Submitting for Publication

In the February issue - now available online and on the newsstand - the editors of Writer's Digest consulted experts in major genres to give their best advice on how to submit your work for publication.

Donald Maass

The Fire in Fiction

In The Fire in the Fiction, successful literary agent and author Donald Maass shows you not only how to infuse your story with deep conviction and fiery passion, but how to do it over and over again.

Meet Jeff Gerke | Writer’s Digest Online Event

Jeff Gerke, author of The First 50 Pages, shares free tips for writing a novel. The opening fifty pages carry a surprising amount of weight for beginning a novel correctly. You have to engage your reader, introduce your hero, and establish the context of the story. You’ll also be presenting the stakes, introducing the...

Meet Rochelle Melander | Writers Digest Online Event

Are you tired of trying to squeeze in writing time between everything else you have to do? In this FREE webinar, Rochelle Melander, author of Write-A-Thon, shows you why finding time to write within your daily life is important. You’ll learn several invaluable tools – proven lessons from positive psychology – that will help...

Meet Paula Balzer | Writers Digest Online Event

Paula Balzer, author of Writing & Selling Your Memoir, shares her free advice on writing in this exclusive webinar. When you think about writing your memoir, making it “marketable” might not be your first priority.  You’re probably more focused on prose, structure and voice. While those elements are crucial, in today’s marketplace publishers are...

Meet Áine Greaney | Writers Digest Online Event

For most writers, the day job—with the salary and the health insurance that often goes with it—is as much part of the writing life as our words on the page. Sure, we all dream of quitting our day jobs and writing “full time,” but the fact of the matter is, with the exception of...