October 2014 Issue
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Workshops Starting October 2nd
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
Author Archives: James Scott Bell
My neighbor John loves to work on his hot rod. He’s an automotive whiz and tells me he can hear when something is not quite right with the engine. He doesn’t hesitate … Read more
BY JAMES SCOTT BELL Boost your story’s immunity to reader scrutiny with these fortifying nutrients.
Just like anyone else who builds things from scratch, writers need tools. And the more you use them, the better you become at using them. The more tools you’re exposed to, the … Read more
A friend alerted me to an interesting infographic posted on Goodreads. The subject: Why readers abandon a book they’ve started. Among the reasons … Read more
Start your revision by addressing these, and you’ll immediately change your story for the better. Read more
You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing—or, you can do just the opposite. Read more
Let author (and guest poster) James Scott Bell explain why learning the how-tos of writing fiction is not only important, but essential to getting published. Read more
Revising is a natural balance of creative eruptions and quiet analysis. Use this 5-step method to harness your story’s power and channel its flow to create a finished piece that will make a splash. Read more
Here are some simple techniques for revising scenes so your edifice will stand the test of time.
by James Scott Bell
Read chapter 1, "What is Plot, Anyway?" of Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure. Read more
Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that Grips Readers from Start to Finish Read more
To get your novels to that next level of stakes, train yourself to think of even deeper tribulations for your lead. Read more
Increase the staying power of your fiction by focusing on these four elements. Read more
Emotional power is one of the most important components of a great story—and one of the most difficult to conjure. These five steps will help you to summon it, and make it work, every time. Read more
These three characteristics are essential to bringing your protagonist to life. Read more
Work one or all three of these important traits into your lead character and create a hero worthy of remembrance. Read more