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How to Make Writing Flow: Understanding What is Really Being Said in a Writing Critique

If you ask me, one of the most annoying things about being a writer is all of the contradictory advice that gets thrown around. If you ask ten writers a question about … Read more

Key Advice for Writing Fantasy

Paranormal writing is still hot… Whether you love the Twilight phenomenon or hate it, the buzz around teen vampires and werewolves is still going strong. If you’re into spooky writing—from the YA … Read more

Author Interview: Don Fry

Don Fry has taught over 10,000 writers worldwide to write better and faster with less agony. He a writing coach who has worked with newspapers and magazines, radio and television stations, and … Read more

How to Use Archetypes in Literature When Creating Characters for Your Novel

As writers we are often concerned with creating characters: characters that seem realistic, characters that are likeable or that readers can at least relate to and understand their motivations. But creating characters … Read more

How to Research Your Novel

Just because you’re writing fiction, it doesn’t give you license to make everything up. Well, okay, so maybe it does. It’s your story, you can do whatever you want. But, let’s say … Read more

Writing Dialogue: The 5 Best Ways to Make Your Characters’ Conversations Seem Real

Whether you write novels or prefer writing short stories, it’s important to know how to write dialogue in a story. Dialogue is one of those key elements of fiction that a lot … Read more

Finding Creative Writing Ideas

Where Do You Get Your Creative Writing Ideas? As a writer one of the most common questions you’ll hear is “where do you get your ideas?” Non-writers think that writers have some … Read more

How to Get a Short Story Published Like a Pro

As a writer you probably hear a lot of advice about how to get your novel published, how to write a perfect query letter, how to get an agent or editor’s attention … Read more

Best Advice for Getting Your Fiction Published

Seeking publication for your fiction? Start by making sure your writing is top notch. Read more

Defining character archetypes

For a character’s actions to seem believable they must reflect the personality of that character. Character archetypes are a great way to help understand what motivates your heroes and villains – the … Read more

The Gamechanger

Based on her popular writing reference 45 Master Characters, author and journey and archetype guru Victoria Lynn Schmidt has written a bonus character archetype to accompany the reprinting of her classic reference. … Read more

Your Story 39 Winner: Homecoming

Prompt: You return to the house where you grew up, only to learn it has been condemned. Read more

A Day in the Life of a Writer

Try this fun day-long writing prompt from Jack Heffron, author of The Writer’s Idea Book. You’ll gain a lot of insight, and may just come up with some great ideas to spark … Read more

Writer’s Idea Book

The Writer’s Idea Book, 10th Anniversary Edition How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, & Screenplays by Jack Heffron Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 9781599633862 $19.99, paperback, 352 pages buy … Read more

50 Questions

50 WRITING QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER Ponder these writing questions if you find yourself stuck on a project or are struggling with some aspect of your writing life. Based on the time-tested Writer’s … Read more

Songwriting Without Boundaries

Songwriting Without Boundaries Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice by Pat Pattison Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-59963-297-1 $17.99, paperback, 240 pages Infuse your lyrics with sensory detail! Writing great song … Read more

Your Story 38 – Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence to a story (25 words or fewer) based on the photo prompt to the left.Official Rules Thanks to everyone for your votes. Here are the results of … Read more

Songwriting Challenge Commentary

Songwriting Without Boundaries by Pat Pattison is destined to become a classic. Filled with more than 150 sense-bound prompts to help you commit to routine practice and improve your craft. The book … Read more

Stilted Dialogue

Considering dialogue from a book proposal standpoint. by Jeff Gerke Poor dialogue is something you must not have in your submission package if you want agents and editors to keep reading and … Read more

First 50 Pages

The First 50 Pages Engage Agents, Editors, and Readers, and Set Up Your Novel for Success by Jeff Gerke Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 9781599632384 $16.99, paperback, 240 pages Buy the Book … Read more

Question of the Day


Question of the Day Where Truth Is the Dare by Al Katkowsky Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 9781599632926 $12.99, paperback, 352 pages   buy the book Life has answers. Make sure you’re … Read more

First 50 Pages Checklist

Before submitting your manuscript to an agent or editor, it’s important to make sure your submission package is in the best possible shape it can be. Here’s a checklist that can help … Read more

Your Story 37 Winner: Anonymous

Prompt: After being pulled over for speeding, your character finds something important while looking for her registration in the glove compartment. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success. Thanks … Read more

About the Author

In the “About the Author” section of your proposal, you want to explain why you are the perfect person to write this book. Or because there might be (probably will be) more … Read more

Openings That Will Grab Your Reader

Here are just three of the many ways to open your nonfiction article or book for a juvenile audience: Anecdotal The evening is silent except for the rhythm of the cricket’s song. … Read more

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