Author Archives: Guest Column

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How To Write When You’re A Parent

If you're a parent (or a writer with outside responsibilities), you'll need to find a way to write in an always-changing, consistently disruptive environment. Here's how to do that and reach your writing goals.

Even True Stories Must End

In “Goodbye to All That,” (from the March/April issue of Writer's Digest), The Deep End of the Ocean author Jacquelyn Mitchard looks closely at how we can arrive at the best possible endings for our fictional stories. In this bonus online sidebar, she offers insight into how these approaches apply to narrative nonfiction.

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11 Tricks and Mythbusters of Writing

When it comes to writing, like all writers, I’m learning as I go. I was working on White Collar Girl, my fourth novel, I became aware of few crucial things. Let’s just say I debunked some popular writing myths and have learned some valuable tricks that I’d like to now pass along.


7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love outlines, or they hate them. We either find them liberating, or we can’t stand how confining they are. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of the...

Drew Daywalt: Bonus Interview Outtakes

Whether compelling children to squeal with laughter or pushing moviegoers to the brink of terror, Drew Daywalt’s work is driven by an abiding desire to entertain. In fact, he considers comedy and horror to be two equations with the same variables—it’s just that one of the two takes an abrupt turn to provoke giggles...

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Don’t Let Research Overload Get in the Way of Your Story

I believe in writing my thrillers in having an inseparable trinity of Character, Research and Plot. And I have put them deliberately in what I consider to be their order of importance: This guest post is by Peter James. James is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series, with more than...

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The Big Lie of Age and Writing

The message is loud and clear: youth has value but life is basically over in old age. It’s in the preponderance of youth in television shows, movies, on magazine covers and advertisements. And it teaches us to fear aging. It is a lie.


8 Tips to Writing Unreliable Narrators

Unreliable narrators have been admired by readers and writer alike since Holden Caulfield set the gold standard—and they’re more popular than ever in today’s bestsellers. Here are 8 reliable ways to make your characters just unreliable enough to keep readers guessing.


Bring Diversity to Your Publishing—and to Your Bookshelf

Editor’s Note: The discussion of diversity in publishing has been ongoing for decades. Some authors take issue with their books being categorized as “African-American Literature,” “Women’s Fiction” or “LGBTQ” (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer). Others don’t object to the labels, but decry the difficulty of breaking in when publishers identify your readership as “niche.”...

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9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel

Whether you're writing your first novel or are struggling with completing a second one (or more), sometimes you need some help focusing and figuring out how to reach your goal. Use these 9 tricks to help you go from first sentence all the way to completed novel.

A writer's guide to persistence

Conquer Your Writing Fears

Today’s guest post is from Jordan Rosenfeld, author of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence.  You hear the word perfectionist bandied about a lot, but what does it mean? Are you a perfectionist if you only show your best work? Are you a perfectionist if you hone and refine and polish your work? Are you...