Start your revision by addressing these, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.
Learning how much goes into writing, producing, and launching a self-published book that looks pro and gets attention was an eye-opening experience. Here are the top 7 facts you should know.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you go about the task of "world-editing" in the early stages of an urban fantasy, paranormal, or near-future science fiction story.
As a female writer, it's tough to create powerful male narrators. To do it you have to do a lot of preparation. Here are four methods to help simplify the process for you.
It took one great professor (and one semi-explicit story) to teach me one of the best lessons I ever learned as a writer. Here's why you shouldn't censor your writing.
Here are the six steps you should consider when selecting the right publicity firm for you.
Having interviewed countless bestsellers during my time here at Writer’s Digest, one thing I’ve learned is this: When a writer’s advice sticks with you in a way that changes your own writing life for the better, you should make a point of following that writer. First, the least you can do is return the...
Being a writer is challenging and competitive, time-consuming and exhausting. The last thing you need is negativity. Here's how to surround yourself by supportive people.
Learn how this mother-daughters writing team found success self-publishing their work.
To write a good young adult novel you need to get yourself back to thinking like a teenager again. This high school English teacher and YA novelist offers up 10 practical tips on how to do just that.
This is a question I love being asked because it is such a fertile one, although my first responses are succinct: “No way!” – pause, then, “Absolutely!” Well, it’s a jumble of both. Here's why.
When you read others’ work and follow them online, however, it’s easy to slide into jealousy. Fortunately, you can leverage envy to your advantage.
A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success.
A quality column takes consistent effort, thought, and much rewriting. My experience writing several columns and the advice of several column writers I interviewed pinpoint seven of the most important and challenging considerations.
How do you stop over-plotting your novel? It isn’t easy, and it isn’t pleasant, but the reward for plot discipline can be a lean, compelling narrative that attracts literary agents. Try these tips.
Events are complex beasts and the devil is in the details, so here are some key pointers to give you the best possible chance for a full house at your book release party.
It was only after contacting agents that I realized that by making my historical novel's lead a high schooler I had created a problem. Here's what I learned.
Here are a few things to consider after you’ve written your first love—uh—I mean draft.
Small-circulation publications are often overlooked, but they offer big perks to writers who are willing to reach out.
If you are like me, the very words “marketing” and “publicity” exhaust you. Here's what you need to know about hiring a publicist.
Want to make your YA characters more like real teenagers? This teenage writer talked to every teen she knows and came up with a list of the top 6 mistakes writers make when writing YA books.
How often do we allow others to get into our heads, and cause us to question our abilities? Here's how to handle that and push forward with your writing.
Learn how multiple authors dealt with the challenges of working together on a novel.
Here are five common causes of writer's block and the solutions to get you out of them.
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.