Author Archives: Cris Freese

3 Things Bloodline Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday,...

4 Things House of Cards Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday,...

Are You Making These Setting Mistakes?

The following is a guest post by Writer’s Digest author Mary Buckham, author of A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings. She is also the author of the USA Today bestselling Invisible Recruits series, which has been touted for its unique voice,...

How to write strong dialogue, from the TV series Fargo.

6 Things Fargo (Season 1) Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday,...

What’s Missing in the Modern Romance Heroine

The following is a guest post by romance author Kait Jagger. She is the author of two novels: Lord and Master and Master’s Servant. Jagger is currently working on the final installment of her Lord and Master trilogy, The Marchioness. You can follower her on Twitter at @KaitJagger. The alpha male...

4 Things True Detective (Season 1) Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday,...

Better Call Saul

5 Things Better Call Saul Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing. They’ll also tell you to study fellow authors who write in your genre. And that’s solid advice. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing...

How to Brainstorm: Give Your Brain Free Rein

It’s a new year, and the perfect time to recommit yourself to your writing life. Whether you’re still working on your same project, or just opening a fresh notebook or Word document to start a new one, it can be intimidating when you hit a mental block. And that means it’s...

Write Like Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is an absolute classic, particularly around this time of year. And even if you don’t want to write exactly like Dickens, there’s something—a technique, an idea, a theme, etc.—that every writer can pull from Dickens’ writing. The following is an excerpt from William Cane’s Fiction Writing...

What’s On Your Reading List?

‘Tis the season! Whether you made a list for friends and relatives to shop from, or whether you’re picking off of your personal reading list, there’s probably a book or two out there that you just have to read while you have some time off in the coming weeks. The editors...

Online Exclusive: Changes at American Baby

The Standout Markets column for the November/December 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest features Meredith Corporation’s American Baby as a potential market for your freelance writing. While this market remains a viable option for freelancers, it will be changing. Meredith—the parent company of several national publications, including Parents, EatingWell, Better Homes &...

Don’t Dismiss Adverbs!

Below is another guest post from WD author Barbara Baig, whose new book, Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence & Captivating Readers, is designed to help writers master the power of the English language. You’ll learn the different qualities of words and the many way those words can be combined to...

The Mastery Path: For Writers Who Want to Be Great

Today we have a guest post from WD author Barbara Baig. Her new book, Spellbinding Sentences, is designed to help writers master the power of the English language. You’ll learn the different qualities of words and the many way those words can be combined to craft sentences that hook readers. Below is a...

Focus on the Writing Life: Feeding Your Creativity

Every writer goes through a creative dry spell. And sometimes that point of struggle can leave an author straining her brain for the right idea, plot line, or word. Everyone will give you differing advice on how to handle Writer’s Block, or to enhance your creativity, but few will tell you to take...

A Holy Night – 15th Annual Short Short Story Competition

Recently, Writer’s Digest published the Show Us Your Shorts Collection, which features the top 25 winning stories from the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. It came to our attention that Patricia Lee’s “A Holy Night,” which came in 14th place, had the last sentence missing from its page....

Top 10 Poems from 2014 WD Poetry Awards

Below are the top 10 poems from the 2014 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. Congratulations to all the winners! 1. What Goes Around, by Beverley Rose Enright to Weldon Kees Willie Pickins jazzes “Jesus Loves Me” on his piano. A five-year-old is shot by street gang crossfire in Chicago. Angelina Jolie has...

2014 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards – Winner’s List

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Poetry Awards, where writers submit their very best poetry of less than 32 lines. Please join us in congratulating our winners! Note: You may read the top 10 poems here. What Goes Around, by Beverley Rose Enright My Love, You Sing Like a Sea Lion,...

15th Annual Short Short Story Competition Winner: Parting Gift

“Parting Gift,” by Lish Troha, is the winning story for the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an interview with Troha, check out the July/August 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest. You can also view a complete list of winners, as well as an exclusive Q&A with our winner....

15th Annual Short Short Story Competition – Winner’s List

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 15th Annual Short Short Story Competition, where writers submit their very best short stories of less than 1,500 words. Please join us in congratulating our winners! For complete coverage of the 15th Annual Short Short Story Competition, see the July/August 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest....

Online Exclusive: Q&A with Lish Troha

“Parting Gift,” by Lish Troha, is the Grand Prize winning story for the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Fiction Competition. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive feature on Troha, check out the July/August 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest. In this bonus online exclusive, Troha talks about where she gets her...

Online Exclusive: Q&A with A.G. Wagoner

“Damaged,” by A.G. Wagoner, is the Grand Prize winning story for the Tenth Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, besting 1,300 entries across six genres: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and YA. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive feature on Wagoner and a complete list of...

Tenth Annual Popular Fiction Awards – List of Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the Tenth Annual Popular Fiction Awards. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories in one of six categories: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and young adult. The winners of this year’s awards were chosen from 1,300 entries and represent the very...

Tenth Annual Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize Winner: “Damaged”

“Damaged,” by A.G. Wagoner, is the Grand Prize winning story for the Tenth Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, besting 1,300 entries across six genres: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and YA. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive interview with Wagoner and a complete list of winners,...

Tenth Annual Popular Fiction Awards Horror Winner: “Invoking Ganesh”

“Invoking Ganesh,” by Joshua Harding, is the First Place winning story in the horror category for the Tenth Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive interview with the Grand Prize winner and a complete list of winners, check out the May/June 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest. And click...