Writing Editor Blogs

The Writer’s Dig
by Brian A. Klems
Online Editor Brian A. Klems covers everything about writing on his blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, he’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from himself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out his advice—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by Cris Freese
The GLA blog keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences. Common features include agent interviews, new agency listings, agency profiles, upcoming conferences of interest, contests and other publishing opportunities, valuable writing resources, submission tips and information, and a blogroll of other agent blogs. Read the Guide to Literary Agents Blog


There Are No Rules
by the editors of Writer’s Digest
Get on the cutting edge of today’s publishing trends and how authors can succeed in a world of fast-paced technological change, guided by the editors of Writer’s Digest. You’ll get an inside look at the work, play, and passion of the publishing business and find practical tools for success. Read There Are No Rules


Poetic Asides
by Robert Brewer
Published poet Robert Lee Brewer blogs on issues affecting poets from the poet’s perspective. As the editor of Writer’s Market, Brewer also shares insights on the publishing industry, especially as it relates to poetry and the poetry markets. He also explains poetic forms, interviews other published poets, and provides the occasional poetry prompt. Read Robert’s Blog


The (Second) 'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest!

This contest is now CLOSED (as of Oct. 6).  Thank you to everyone who submitted.  Judging will take place in the next 7 days or soand winners will be notified by e-mail just before I makethe results public.  Thanks! ——————–   Have you got a horrible idea for a story?  Well I want to...

Permission to write a terrible first draft

  Why is it that when I have a huge chunk of time, when I have hours spread in front of me to do nothing but write, I can’t write a thing?  A whole day. Hours and hours and hours. That is what I had yesterday and the plan had been to write. What...

The “Starman” Synopsis

Now, while wasting some time on Wikipedia the other day, I came across the page for the 1984 sci-fi movie, Starman. I've heard of the movie, sure, but never seen it. Anyway, upon reading the plot, I was captivated - and wanted to show you an example of an excellent synopsis. Read it...

How Twitter Is Helpful for Aspiring Writers

At this weekend’s Editors’ Intensive, Alice Pope & I were trying to explain how Twitter works and how it can be helpful for writers. There were many skeptics in the audience. So I posed the question to my friends/followers on Twitter: How has Twitter helped you as a writer? I love the responses I...

5 for Friday

5 quick pieces of writing advice I’ve received from mentors, MFA teachers, and workshop instructors. 1. We are writing something terribly interesting to us, but we need to make it interesting to the reader.  BE GENEROUS to your reader. 2. Always know exactly what you are writing about. You don’t have to write about...

Top 20 Lessons From WD Mag in 2009: Steve Berry

Hey writers, Wasted and lost writing time: We all worry (if not obsess) over it. As it turns out, we’re not alone. It’s time for the next installment in our Top 20 Lessons From WD Magazine in 2009 series. No. 19: Heed the Voice“I didn’t write my first word until I was 35 years...

Cover Band Soap Opera: Poison's 'Talk Dirty to Me'

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put video up on us.  Truth is, I’m self-conscious.  Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band playing...

Gift Ideas for Writers

As many of you know, it was my birthday on Monday, and The Conductor—who treats gift-giving as a dramatic art—always looks for ways to surprise and delight. For this gift-giving occasion, he chose the New Yorker as his theme, so I received enough New Yorker product (calendar, book anthologies, and cartoons) to probably keep...

Successful Queries: Agent Michael Bourret and ‘Wake’

This new series is called "Successful Queries" and I'm posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked. The 14th installment in this series is with agent...

The State of Hollywood… from a Mogul

Hey, folks– check out Nikki Finke‘s post of former Fox Films CEO Bill Mechanic‘s (Coraline, The New World) keynote speech at yesterday’s Independent Film & Television Production Conference.  Great insight into the state of movies today… Click HERE to read the speech… You might also like:No Related Posts

Can Writers See the Future?

Hey writers, Intriguing post today at Wired’s This Day in Tech blog. It’s a topic you’ve probably heard wisps of at one point or another in the pop culture of writing—the author who more or less predicted the sinking of the Titanic. Contrasting any loose Nostradamus-style guesstimations, Morgan Robertson (born on this day in...

Mary Gaitskill Spotting in NYC

  There’s nothing like a Mary Gaitskill spotting to motivate one’s writing practice. Two friends and I were sipping Chardonnay at a favorite bistro in Greenwich Village and there she was—Ms. Gaitskill, author of Veronica and much more—sitting across from us, enjoying dinner with a companion.  I couldn’t tell if it was really her,...

Don't Fall in Love With Your Research

In the monthly Glimmer Train bulletin, you’ll find some fabulous advice from working writers. Here’s a bit of what novelist Eric Wasserman had to say about research (Eric pictured above): Fiction writers can easily write themselves into a corner. For the writer of the researched story it almost inevitably happens when the details cease...

How I Got My Agent: Tabitha Olson

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

The Distribution Barrier for Self-Publishers: Less of an Issue?

When I started at Writer’s Digest in 2001, my first assigned beat was the self-publishing scene. I was given Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing by Marilyn & Tom Ross, as primers on the topic. I edited the magazine’s column on self-publishing (discontinued), the newsstand-only special issues on self-publishing (also...

Can You Start a Sentence with "Because"?

Q: My grammar school teachers always told me that it was wrong to start a sentence with the word “because,” but I commonly see it in books today. What’s the rule?—Roger Allen A: Grammar teachers across the U.S., please don’t hate me, as I’m about to expose the awful truth you’ve been trying to...

Middle Grade vs. Young Adult: What's the Difference?

The MigWriters site has an amazing post breaking down the difference between the two children’s categories of middle grade and young adult.  To define the two, they pull a lot of good info from a variety of different sources – editors, agents (such as Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency) and writers alike. It’s just...

Excellent (and Free) Presentation on Self-Publishing

At our conference last week, April Hamilton gave an in-depth presentation on the basics of getting started in self-publishing—or as an indie author. Click here to download her presentation as a PDF file. I blogged some tips from her session on the Writer’s Digest Conference blog, which I’m reposting below. April’s definition of an...

Best Tweets Returns Mid-October

Due to Writer’s Digest events & other travel (my birthday travel & my mother’s birthday travel), Best Tweets is on hiatus until the week ending October 16. Those who have been sending recommendations: I still have them on tap and will see if they’re still appropriate for the next round-up. Thankfully, after this hiatus,...

Ten Years of Your Life in Two Pages

  Monday calls for writing prompts and exercises, they’re a way to shake the weekend out of us, stretch our writing muscles, and get back into the writing groove.  Abigail Thomas, author of the beautiful, heartbreaking memoir A Three Dog Life, suggests many great exercises on her author website under “Getting Started.” I stop by...