Laura Oles discusses her considerations for transforming her favorite weekend getaway, Port Aransas, Tex., into a setting for her mystery novel.
As major media outlets raise the question of whether sensitivity readers represent censorship, Anna Hecker offers her experience working with one.
It can be impossible to write and worry about what other people will think of your work. Here, William Kenower offers thoughts on overcoming the need to focus on those external opinions.
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova writes novels chronicling the fate of ordinary people who are diagnosed with extraordinary and often fatal neurological diseases.
In order to stand out in today's publishing landscape—traditionally or self-published—you may need the help of a publicist. Here's how to prepare for your publicity campaign.
The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If you're looking to sell a short story, personal essay or a poem that's already been published, there’s a good chance you can sell it again. Learn how.
B. Tyler Combs discusses Street Pens, a Kickstarter project to help homeless writers find a path to success through the publication of their work.
You may have the most intriguing story ever printed on a page, but ultimately we will care about the story because we care about the players in it and their journeys. In order to do that, you the writer must first create that emotional journey for each character.
Why is it so hard for us to put pen to page, even though we say we want to do it? Writing shouldn’t feel like this much of a struggle, but it is… even if we love it and we dedicate our lives to it. This problem stems from a series...
Are you trying a format you're unfamiliar with? When Michael Moreci went from writing comics to writing novels, one simple realization—and a few basic truths—carried him from one medium to the other.
It's great for fiction writers to experiment with unconventional devices and writing styles, but sometimes going off the beaten path can alienate your readers. Here are five approaches that you might want to reconsider before including them in your work.
Having trouble getting started on writing your life story? Answer these ten easy writing prompts, and the answers will be the framework to your story.
This interview from the February 2010 issue of Writer's Digest is posted in fond memory of the late Sue Grafton, who passed away on December 28, 2017.
Successful indie authors who want to keep growing will eventually add offset printing to their capabilities. Here, Joel Friedlander discusses its potential.
Here, Lora L. Hyler, author of the forthcoming book The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes, discusses her journey and offers insights for launching a book without an agent.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory developed by psychologist Abraham Maslow. The hierarchy, comprising a five-tier pyramid, explains the connection between basic human needs and motivation. Bryan E. Robinson has adapted this scale to consider what needs writers must satisfy to move their dreams of writing success up the...
Books with multiple points of view can yank readers out of the story or make readers feel detached from the main character. Here’s what you can do to keep readers turning the pages.
The timeless children’s classic, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, was written on a Sunday afternoon in 1935. Here's what writers can learn from it.
The most convincing romantic stories are those that feel natural. Learn how to write romance scenes and romance novels without using the word "love."
Learn about two writing techniques inspired by screenwriters that you can employ when writing opening scenes for novels.
In our "Breaking In" column in Writer's Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author of The Night Child—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too.
Richard Alther wrote his latest novel from the perspective of a woman. Here, he shares his observations on writing from the opposite gender's point of view.
Jodell Sadler offers 20 tips about the art of narrative pacing, featured among 200 other tips in her upcoming WD book Pacing Your Plot.
We like to think and talk a great deal about protagonists and antagonists, and that’s not a bad way to look at things, exactly. But it’s vital to realize that those two terms are purely a matter of perspective.