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


Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 371

For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. Ekphrasis sounds kind of complicated, but it’s just a fancy word for using a piece of art to inspire a poem. I’ve included a few images below, but feel free to use your own, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision...

Synopsis Example: “The Fly” (Horror / Sci-Fi)

Here's another example of a fiction synopsis. This time it's The Fly (1986). I took a crack at this one because my synopsis examples were light on horror stories. The main thing with this synopsis was to streamline Seth's transformation process (and I left a lot of details on the cutting room...

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True Life Success Stories: Author Patricia Beal

At Writer’s Digest, we love to highlight the success stories of debut authors: How they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. In this interview, WD managing editor Tyler Moss spoke with Patricia Beal, author of the upcoming novel A Season to Dance (inspirational contemporary fiction,...

25th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Thrillers and Horror

Agent judge Alec Shane has picked the 3 winners (no order). Thank you to all who entered. The three winners are: Jonah Blank, HER HUNDRED HANDS   Kathy Kubay, THE SATOR SQUARE   Barry Brakeville, COLD ———————– Welcome to the 25th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dizain

It’s time for the next poetic form challenge: writing the dizain! Find the rules for writing dizains here. It’s basically a 10 line by 10 syllable French form with a set rhyme scheme. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be...

How Does a Word Get Into the Dictionary?

It’s not uncommon for 1,500–2,000 new words to be added to the dictionary every year—and while most additions we barely register (“cold turkey,” “meet-cute”), others (“FOMO,” “hella,” “ICYMI”) can seem less … dictionary-y. To find out just how words nab the high honor of being dictionaried, we went to the pros at Merriam-Webster. The process, it...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 370

For today’s prompt, write an evacuation poem. Today’s prompt is inspired by Hurricane Matthew churning through the Bahamas and toward the United States, but there are any number of reasons for people to evacuate. And myriad possible stories related to evacuations. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Steve Toutonghi

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Steve Toutonghi , author of JOIN) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing...

Bryan Borland: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming poet and publisher Bryan Borland to the Poetic Asides blog! Bryan Borland, a Lambda Fellow in Poetry and winner of the 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award, is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, the only publishing house to ever win Lambda Literary...

New Literary Agent Alert: Vanessa Robins of Corvisiero Literary

She is Seeking: NA—all, especially humor; YA—gritty plots with diverse characters; Fiction—thought out thrillers, romance with strong female leads, heavily based science sci-fi, and sports-centric plots; Nonfiction—memoirs including coming of age, cultural/ethnic/sexuality, survivor, and humor themed. Bonus points for Medical Narratives (characters with medical illnesses and chronic diseases, or MS told...

The Constant Gardener

Before I had a garden, I remember how desperately and urgently I craved success. I remember staying up all night, writing as fast as I could, or agonizing over the same few paragraphs. I would do anything to get published. And all of that was profoundly unhelpful. What I needed to...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 369

For today’s prompt, write a pattern poem. Yes, this is based off today’s prompt number: 3-6-9; the next number would be 12, right? So yeah, there are number patterns, but also patterns in how people act and re-act to situations, patterns in animal behavior, and even weather patterns (I’m sure my...

How I Got My Literary Agent: Constance Lombardo

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Constance Lombardo, author of MR. PUFFBALL: STUNT CAT ACROSS AMERICA. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many...

24th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Literary Fiction

UPDATE: Winners chosen. Agent judge Annie Hwang has picked her 3 winners (no order, with a bonus 4th). They are: Nancy Johnson for THE KINDEST LIE Lee Kaplan for THE FLIGHT OF THE LESSER KESTREL Faerl Marie Torres for A NEW SEASON Julie Carrick Dalton for THE POACHERS’ CODE ———————– Welcome...

Contests: A Non-Traditional Route to Publication

Like most unpublished writers, I believed that there were only two paths to getting my words and thoughts before the world’s readers. I could go the traditional route of sending out query letters, and hope my brilliant writing would be plucked from the slush pile on a discerning agent’s desk. She would...

Diminishing Verse: Poetic Form

Here’s a fun form: Diminishing Verse! Diminishing Verse Poems Diminishing verse offers no origin and very few rules, but I enjoyed writing my example below. In fact, the main rule is this: Remove the first letter of end word in previous line. For example: Line 1 ends with the word “grad”...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Liam Walsh

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Liam Walsh, author of FISH) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing...