For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (blank);” replace the blank with a new word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Ghost,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Little Do You Know.” Okay, those are all song titles, but...
Today’s guest post from Brett Elizabeth Jenkins aims at a different type of goal than many writers might aim for: 100 rejections in one year! She says, “I guess it boils down to one simple rule: send out your work like you believe in it. Don’t act like you’re aiming for...
As major media outlets raise the question of whether sensitivity readers represent censorship, Anna Hecker offers her experience working with one.
Is there a magic formula you can use to consistently come up with great story ideas for your books? Tim Knox offers up one idea.
From Toni Morrison to Jesmyn Ward, we've selected some thought-provoking quotes on writing by black American writers who have led—and some of whom continue to lead—the charge in making the writing world more inclusive.
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.
As a recovering comic book fanboy, I admit it: There are times I wish I had superpowers. As a writer, I admit that I sometimes wish I had writing superpowers. So recently, I opened up the debate on Facebook by asking which writing superpowers other writers would choose. While some were...
Accurately portraying the complexities of different religions is no easy task. Here are a few debunked myths to keep your characters from becoming caricatures.
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.
For today’s prompt, write a harmless poem. Some people think all poems are harmless; others know this isn’t true. So, what is a harmless poem? I guess we’ll all work to figure that out with this week’s prompt, eh? ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert...
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.
I love sharing guest posts here, and it’s been one of my recent goals to share more voices on Poetic Asides (including the Why I Write Poetry posts). I’m excited to share Pooja Nansi’s voice here today on how poetry is not a competitive sport. Pooja Nansi is a poet and...
New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Amy Brewer of Metamorphosis Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Author Appreciation In...
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.
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.
Writer's Digest Editor-in-Chief Tyler Moss discusses his journey so far, and the road ahead.
Today is the anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday in 1892. Watch this video to learn what inspired the creation of his iconic novel The Hobbit.
Happy New Year! This is the first post of 2018, so let’s have fun with it. For today’s prompt, write a password poem. Write about someone using passwords, creating a password, or hide a password (or words) in your poem (perhaps, a la acrostic poem). Have fun with it. ***** Order...
January 1, 2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1818. At the time of its publication, Shelley was only 20 years old. Discover more interesting facts about her iconic novel in this video.
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.