Although writing a likable protagonist can help readers sympathize and remain engaged, it's not always necessary. Remember: "protagonist" does not always mean "good guy."
When collaborating with other authors on a project, how do you get everyone on the same page? It's challenging, but doable if you use these tricks.
New and established authors alike struggle with how to best market and publicize their books. In my interview with publicist Caitlin Hamilton Summie, we discuss how to do just that.
Loretta Ellsworth shares her story of finding an agent to represent her historical fiction—including rejection by more than 200 literary agents.
Here are key elements all writers need to know about the wide open category of historical fiction, as told from a literary agent who represents successful historical fiction authors.
If your head is spinning from the manuscript rejection feedback you’re receiving while on submission, you’re not alone. Let us help you translate it.
It’s not enough to just write prolifically. You need to develop an audience, and deliver them excellent content. Here’s 15 ways to handle developing an audience as a writer.
You never know what creative writing exercise can end your battle with writer's block. Here's one way to tackle it with a simple thank you note.
Recognizing the subtle differences in writing emotion and writing feeling can help render both more powerfully on the page.
Veteran authors of writing romance know that respect is key to success in the market. Here are my five tips on how to write romance with respect, for those looking to break in.
Harlequin author Rhenna Morgan shares five tips for writing crackling romance that keeps your readers turning pages.
There’s a big difference between landing one or two gigs and making a career of ghostwriting—or any kind of writing, for that matter. Use this plan for long-term, full-time success.
Every journey leading to publication and success is different—this one followed the indie author path before landing a traditional book deal.
Get too focused on any one instrument at play in your story, and you may lose sight of the harmony inherent in truly great fiction. Here’s how to compose the elements of your novel into a masterpiece.
Stage these 10 inventive techniques, and you just might find your creativity—and your writing—soaking up the spotlight. Read more about these creative exercises now.
While you should read as many books as possible, there's something to be said for reading your favorite books by writers you love time and time again.
By Jesse Kellerman In these outtakes we didn’t have space to print, Jonathan and Faye Kellerman talk about the writing passions that go back in their family for generations.
In the March/April 2017 Writer’s Digest, StoryADay founder Julie Duffy shares how and why short stories can be a fabulous creativity tool, even for writers who are primarily working on a novel. Drawing on experiences from acclaimed writers who ascribe to this practice, including Hugo Award–winning short fiction writer and novelist Mary Robinette Kowal,...
Literary agent Irene Goodman shares some insider do’s and don’ts about what to do after you attend a writing conference and how to get the most out of your experience.
BY JESSICA ALLEN When can you call yourself a “real” writer? A fellow scribe shares how a series of ordinary encounters transformed her point of view. When you grow up revering books, as I did, you grow up revering writers. I remember the first author I ever met: Patricia MacLachlan, who spoke at my junior...
In New York Times bestselling author Peter James’s latest Detective Roy Grace novel, much of the narrative is from the point of view of antagonist Jodie Bentley, a psychopathic Black Widow systematically marrying rich men and killing them in the most sinister of ways. Here, Peter James lists his top five tips for how...
People don’t read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the science, and no one watches Forrest Gump for seafood recipes. Character is what truly makes an audience turn a page or turn up the volume. Thus, I am so pleased to sit down with bestselling author Nick Petrie to discuss the much anticipated second...
BY JOY LANZENDORFER Some children’s books are so original they seem to have sprung from the author’s imagination alone. But no matter the genre, writers use personal experiences in their work. It may surprise you to learn these beloved children’s stories are actually inspired by real life. All are vital reminders that you never...
Make sure that your story is as close to perfection as you could dream before you self publish or pitch to an agent. Here are things to consider.
BY NAOMI ELSTER Misunderstandings about mental illness can lead to inaccurate writing and contribute to widespread misconceptions about those with a real affliction. While characters who suffer from depression are plentiful in fiction, a faulty portrayal of the disorder can weaken a writer’s work. Let’s debunk a few of the most common myths to...