Writing Editor Blogs

The Writer’s Dig
by Jess Zafarris
Content Strategist Jess Zafarris covers everything about writing on this blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, she’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from herself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out her advice—your writing career will thank you. Read The Writer’s Dig


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by the editors of Writer’s Digest
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


Stretching the Tension: Keep Threats Alive

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. We’ve already seen that the Potter series is willing to delay descriptions of setting and character. This willingness to delay also applies to more...

What is a Hard Copy?

Q: What does a literary agency mean when it requests a “hard copy”? —Ivy A: While many terms in the literary world can be metaphorical or abstract, the phrase “hard copy” means exactly what it says—the agent wants a hard copy, or printed version, of your work. (Thankfully it’s not metaphorical,...

New Media Rehab: Opportunities Through Blogs and More

It’s no news that big print media considers new media a kind of onslaught, as though traditional print is the once-lustrous orchard, and bloggers and other independents are each a locust, which, one-at-a-time, are not normally threatening, but jillions of them at once is a different story. Guest blogger Hollis Gillespie is...

Showing & Telling in Scenes & Dialogue

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. The rule “show, don’t tell” is an example of extremist thinking. “Prefer showing to telling” is much better as a writer’s guideline. Telling and...

Agent Advice: Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary

This installment features Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary. Prior to joining Adams Literary, Quinlan worked for eight years as a freelance children’s writer for Scholastic, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, working on licensed projects for Clifford Puppy Days, Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty and the Planet Earth series. She is seeking: interested only...

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/12/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature. Also, quick plug: March is a phenomenal month for Writer’s Digest webinars, with three sessions...

Writing Tips From Max Lucado, Best-Selling Author

New York Times best-selling Christian author Max Lucado spoke of the tools writers have, at the Writing for the Soul conference in Denver in February 2010. Below, find his best tips on subject, discipline and clarity for writers. Guest column by Audra Krell, published freelance writer. Audra is also a vocalist,...

No Description Dumps! Crafting a Story With Details & Immersion

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless.Rowling’s boxes of notes for the Potter universe are legendary. Those notes translated into highly detailed characters and settings that captivated readers. As much as...

New Agent Alert: David Patterson of Foundry Literary + Media

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. He is...

Reminder: Third ''Dear Lucky Agent'' Contest Ends Sunday!

Note from Chuck: It’s March 15, 2010, which means this contestis now closed. Thank you for entering. Winners should be announced within 7 days or so.Meanwhile, our next contest should startwithin a week or two, as well.   —————————— The latest “Dear Lucky Agent” contest, for writers of paranormal romance and urban...

5 for Friday: Dialogue

  One of my most favorite things about writing fiction is writing dialogue. I love figuring out how my characters speak. I love portraying how people communicate, and I love, even more, showing the opposite: the lack in communication, the holes in conversation, the things left unsaid. I’m always looking for...

The Biggest Bad Advice About Story Openings

Following up on yesterday’s post (No. 1 Challenge of Memoirs), I’d now like to address the biggest dilemma and balancing act for all storytellers: starting with an action-oriented scene. It’s probably the most over-repeated and cliche advice—so much so that writers have come to hate hearing it: Start with action. I’ve...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Libby Gleeson

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Libby Gleeson. Kids writer Libby Gleeson...

Addicted to teen soaps? No more shame…

Hey, folks– Just wanted to pass on a terrific piece, “Confessions of a 90210 Addict,” from yesterday’s Daily Beast.  This was written by my good friend Taffy Brodesser-Akner, who’s a terrific writer and has this wonderful piece on why she’s addicted to teen soaps.  Enjoy!… http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-03-08/confessions-of-a-90210-addict/?cid=bsa:topnav:sxyb You might also like:No Related...

Creating Characters

  Developing characters can be a lot of fun. Some people say their characters just come to them, they’re taking a shower and boom!—they hear a voice, and from that point on the voice doesn’t stop talking to them. For others, it comes more slowly. Perhaps there is a name you’ve...

So You’ve Set Up a Writer Blog—Now What?

If you read my previous guest post on how to set up a blog, you know how easy the tech stuff can be. Once you’ve found your perfect theme and written up your contact info, there’s just one thing left: the first entry. Faced with the paralyzing task of finding something...

Your No. 1 Challenge If You're Writing Memoir

Last week I taught an online class about story openings for novel & memoir. Everyone was invited to submit their first pages for a rather public critique. Beforehand, I tweeted some of the best tips, which you’ll find at the end of this blog post. Here I’d like to share the...

Agent Advice: Kate Epstein of The Epstein Literary Agency

This installment features Kate Epstein of The Epstein Literary Agency. Kate founded her agency in 2005, after four years' acquisitions experience at Adams Media. Kate Epstein holds a B.A. with Highest Honors in English from the University of Michigan. She is seeking: The only fiction she accepts is YA. On the...

Dashes vs. Parentheses

Q: My friend’s professor says that using dashes to set off something to be emphasized is no longer appropriate. Instead, you should use parentheses to set off words. Is this true? —Mike D. A: Dashes and parentheses play similar roles in sentences, but it’s actually the latter that’s unfashionable—dashes are all...

How I Got My Agent: C.J. Omololu

"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,...