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 Chuck Sambuchino

GLA Editor Chuck Sambuchino keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences on his blog. 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 Chuck’s 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


Can You Use Someone Else's Character in Your Book?

Q: Can I use a minor yet intriguing character from a famous work as the protagonist of my novel? I know it’s been done with novels like Wide Sargasso Sea, using Mrs. Rochester from Jane Eyre, but would a secondary character from a novel published before 1950 (yet still in print) also be allowed?—Anonymous...

Writer's Digest TV: Interview with David Baldacci

Hi Writers,If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending time with all the thriller writers at ThrillerFest 08, it’s that the adage, “write what you know” holds little merit. Here’s another short Q&A I did with David Baldacci, in which he discusses the merits of writing what you don’t know. Keep Writing, Maria

Synopsis in a Query?

Q. I’m not one of those scurrilous people in a movie theater who loudly announces the plot ending to the entire audience. But what’s best for a synopsis in a query letter? Should I include my ingenious plot twist at the end? Or should I provide intrigue so a literary agent will want to...

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The International Women’s Fiction Festival in Italy

I just got back from a vacation with some college buddies (a "man-cation" - my first) up in Put-in-Bay, which is an island on lake Erie not terribly far from Toledo or Detroit. I'm still trying to break out of vacation mode and start firing on all cylinders. But speaking of traveling, the more...

Poets Helping Poets: Software for Poets?

Recently, I asked for some feedback on possible software for poets at the request of a poet friend of mine. Personally, I still write poems out with a pen on paper before copying them over into Composition Notebooks. It’s super lo-tech, but it’s a system that works for me. Here’s what other poets had...

Using Free Content to Promote Yourself Online

Hi Writers, Sorry for the lapse in posts. I’ve had a lot of catch up work to do at work after being out of the office for some travel, and for a few days of vacation. But, I’m getting back in the swing of things. I just finished some work on a promotion for...

Wedding Recap!

Quick update: The wedding (between myself and Tammy Trendle–now Tammy Brewer) went very, very well on Friday. It was attended by my baby brother Simon (the stormchaser), my mom, an old friend of the family, and my grandmother. We were married by my grandmother’s boyfriend, who did a wonderful job. As luck–and a little skill on...

PITCH WORKSHOP: RESURRECTED… AND ENTRY #3

Hey, everyone— So, it’s been a while since we’ve visited or talked about the SCRIPT NOTES PITCH WORKSHOP, but I don’t want to let it fall through the cracks.  In fact, I’d like to revamp it a bit.  Originally, I’d proposed doing it in two or three-week stages: for a certain time period, readers...

I'm going to be teaching!

Some of you have asked over the past few months if I do or will teach any online courses. Well, after speaking with Joe Stollenwerk at www.writersonlineworkshops.com, I will start teaching some poetry courses online. My Fundamentals of Poetry Writing course will begin on 9/18 and it should kick butt. To learn more, including...

Writer's Digest TV: Sandra Brown

Hi Writers,Remember back last month when I was at ThrillerFest, the great writing conference/party thrown by the International Thriller Writers? Well, I got the chance to do some video interviews with a few thriller luminaries, including the amazing Sandra Brown. So here’s a a short (around 4 minutes) Q&A I did with Sandra, in...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 014

My activity on the blog may (or may not) be limited between today’s and next week’s prompt, because I’m getting married to poet Tammy F. Trendle this weekend. So today’s prompt is obviously steered by that event. For this week, I want you to write a poem about marriage. It can be about your...

Contractions With Proper Nouns (Brian's a baseball Fan)

Q: I recently got into a grammar debate with my wife and would like you to settle things for us once and for all: Can you use contractions with a proper noun (“Jodie’s in charge” instead of “Jodie is in charge”)?—Benjamin W. A: There are two main reasons to use apostrophes: 1. to form...

Kind Words From Author Brad Thor

Author Brad Thor (His book, The Last Patriot, was a NYT #1 bestseller) had these kind words to say when meeting WD editor Maria Schneider:         “Writer’s Digest is always going to have a very special place in my heart because Writer’s Digest was there at the beginning. I read the magazine and...

More on simultaneous submissions to agents

Hi Writers,Since there were so many comments and questions about the Brad Thor post on simultaneous submissions to agents, I asked my favorite agent expert, Chuck Sambuchino, of the Guide to Literary Agents to give us his take on the issue. Here’s Chuck: First of all, I have to disagree with Brad’s comment that...

All About Children's Agents

Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market, has been in the thick of things out in Beverly Hills this past week at the SCBWI Summer Conference, where the best and the brightest involved in the juvenile writing world gather to network and learn from one another.  In fact, she has been blogging...

The Things That I've Learned

I’ve now spent a LOT of time away from the city of Brotherly Hub,  which has made me reflective, which is the proper mindframe to either  a) create a sappy (but totes cute!) collage of Saved By the Bell and  Party of Five heartthrobs for your best high school girlfriend or b)  think about...

Upcoming Film Festivals: August Edition

Special thanks once again to my friends at MovieMaker magazine for their awesome festival-and-contest email.  As much as I love giving you all this info every month, I can’t really take credit for finding it… so please head to www.moviemaker.com and check out their website, sign up for their free newsletter, or subscribe to...

Announcing: WD Live author interviews

Hi Writers,Writer’s Digest is pleased to announce the debut of WD Live, a series of free live video interviews with top-name authors from ThrillerFest 2008. Just to give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s an entertaining segment with authors Steve Berry, Brad Thor and James Rollins, discussing how they quietly began writing...

John Howe Interview

Check out this interview with renowned fantasy artist John Howe, author of Fantasy Art Workshop from IMPACT Books. John is a widely recognized Tolkien artist and the conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings movies. I had a chance to meet John at Comic-Con and talk to him about the blending of movies and comics in popular...

Rabbit Season/Duck Season/Submission Season

I used to love that Looney Tunes cartoon where Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck would argue over rabbit and duck season until Bugs fooled Daffy into saying, “It’s duck season. Duck season!” And then, he’d get shot, and say something like, “I hate you,” to Bugs–who’s so smart, yet always (always) takes a wrong turn...

Brad Thor on simultaneous submissions

Hi Writers,I’m in the middle of transcribing a lengthy Q&A with Brad Thor (The Last Patriot) for the December issue of Writer’s Digest and I thought what he had to say about literary agents was quite interesting for going against the grain of traditional publishing wisdom (this is unedited, direct from a transcript): I...

Poetic Terms: End-stops and Enjambment

The young woman says, “July is over,but you don’t have to go on andon about it. There’s always August.” And with these three lines, I’m prepared to lay out the difference between using an end-stop or enjambment at the ends of your lines. Want to really impress and flatter a fellow poet at the...

Writing Your TV Pilot – Next Thursday!

Hey, everyone– If you’re working on a script for the next Lost, Friends, or 24… or toying with an idea… or just love television… check out the class I’m teaching for mediabistro next Thursday night… Writing the TV Pilot: Create and develop your own series With broadcast networks trying new programming strategies and new...