Sometimes timing really is everything. Here’s why—and how—the key to moving ahead with your writing might just be to look behind you.
At writer’s conferences, you have opportunities to get immediate feedback and engagement with agents and editors. Anna Sabino shares her journey to representation and eventual publication through her preparation at the Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam event.
Knowing a few important details about your character can go a long way into giving him or her credibility and life.
Fifty year ago, S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders hit bookshelves for the first time. Today, it still continues to inspire readers. In this article, Writer’s Digest pulled 9 writing tips from a 2000 interview with the author.
Agents and editors often say they’re looking for a fresh writing voice. But what does voice mean? In this post from romance author Natalie Charles, you’ll learn to accept your strengths—and weaknesses—in order to embrace and discover your authentic voice.
After a few bylines, successful queries, or even a book contract, it can be easy to assume that success will come simply by duplicating your efforts. Instead, the exact opposite may be true: Writers must treat each work as separate, and stop trying too hard.
Follow these tips and suggestions from literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson to learn how to write a synopsis for your novel.
Author Archer Mayor takes an unusually hands-on approach to writing police procedurals—as he also happens to be a medical examiner.
I found my voice as a writer rather late in my writing life. I spent about twenty years trying to write fiction. I had read fiction voraciously as a boy and young man, but had largely stopped reading it by the time I decided to try writing it. It was a strange choice in...
From an interview in the 2009 edition of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, Jay Asher—author of Thirteen Reasons Why—shares six writing tips for authors looking to break in.
Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom — the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your children and grandchildren because it tells them something eloquent about who you are and who they are.
Here's how to create great characters and setting in your book when writing about the afterlife (from bestselling author Gena Showalter).
Add authenticity to your writing by exploiting your experiences.
After ninety-nine rejections from agents, and then even more from publishers, Shannon Parker learned to query by interning for a literary agency. And her inspiration for never giving up? Her six-year-old son.
I’ve been to a lot of writers conferences, and though some were small and some were large, and some focused on genre fiction and others on literary fiction, they all had one thing in common. I noticed this similarity at the first conference I attended, though I couldn’t name it. I was too distracted,...
The rewrite is tougher than the draft. But the right rewrite strengthens your fiction into something that lasts to publication and gains a significant readership. Boost your novel-polishing skills with these seven strategies.
If you’re trying to switch genres, you might find the road—and the writing—difficult. Here are four simple tips to follow for shifting gears within the Young Adult genre.
How do you recognize a good urban fantasy when you see one, and if you want to try your hand at writing one, what’s the basic recipe? Here are the ingredients you need.
Promoting your book in a digital with a flooded marketplace is more difficult than ever. You need as much help as you can get. That’s where developing a street team to assist you can help. Here are some tips from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst shares some of the ways she finds writing inspiration, in this excerpt from her new Writer’s Digest Books title Write Naked.
Literary agents receive thousands of solicited and unsolicited submissions in their respective query inboxes. As a writer, follow these 10 tips give yourself the best chance of standing out in the slush pile.
All worthy writing starts with a deliberate shift in your mindset. Pausing to get into the right frame of mind can make all the difference for you and your work.
Without giving away too much of the book, I can explain some of the choices I made in crafting Narby as a credible, effective, even sympathetic protagonist, despite the gaping flaws in his character.
In the fantasy genre, a living, breathing world is as or more important than compelling characters. Here are six tips for understanding the importance of world building in your novel.
The popularity of online writing contests on Twitter has exploded—and it’s time to take advantage of this unique way of making connections with agents and editors. Here are some important benefits of pitching your writing on Twitter.