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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 … Read more

Let Your Imagination Run Wild! Learn How to Write Comedy & Craft Outrageously Funny Stories

Learn how to write comedy with the book, Comedy Writing Secrets. Authors Mel Helitzer and Mark Shatz discuss comedy writing tips, the basic formulas of humor writing, and why it’s important to … Read more

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 … Read more

Writer’s Digest March/April Issue: An Interview With Author Mary Kay Andrews & Writing Essentials to Master


Author Mary Kay Andrews talks about finding your niche. Plus, learn 5 tips for writing a good story, strategies to beat common writing mistakes, and much more! Read more

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 … Read more

Use Descriptive Writing & Writing Exercises to Avoid Writing a Boring Book


Prevent your readers from boredom by using descriptive writing. Word Painting has descriptive writing techniques, writing exercises, and more tips to keep your readers engaged. Read more

Expert Tips on How to Get a Literary Agent & Impress Publishers and Editors

Guide to Publishing Agents | How to Find a Literary Agent Collection

Wonder how to get a literary agent? Read onto learn from publishers and editors who share how to land a literary agent, and secrets about the publishing process. Read more

Learn How to Write a Synopsis Like a Pro

Learn How to Write a Synopsis & Examples | The Dreaded Synopsis

Learn how to write a synopsis with quick and easy tips for synopsis formats, see synopsis examples from fiction writing, and become a pro at writing a synopsis! Read more

How to Build an Author Platform & Begin Your Writing Career

No matter if you are an aspiring writer or a published author, it’s essential these days to have a writer platform. Learn what an author’s platform is, why an audience of readers … Read more

Music Industry Contacts, Music Venues, & Songwriting Tips


Gain exclusive access to music industry contacts, find and book music venues for your tour, enter songwriting contests and competitions, and learn songwriting tips. Read more

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 … Read more

Storytelling & Literary Techniques


Author Nancy Lamb explains the writing process including how to start a story, what storytelling is, and provides examples of writing styles to encourage your creative spirit. Read more

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 … Read more

Submitting for Publication

Writer's Digest February 2012

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. Read more

The Fire in Fiction

Donald Maass

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. Read more

2012 Get Started in Writing Premium Collection

get started in writing

The beginning of a new year is often a time for setting writing goals, or trying to accomplish old ones. Whether you aspire to finish your novel or simply begin a new one, the 2012 Get Started in Writing Premium Collection can help you get started. Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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