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18 Ways to Write Funnier Fast

We're not all comedy writers, but many of us want to write a funny story or incorporate funny scenes into a novel. In this excerpt from The Byline Bible, Susan Shapiro offers 18 quick and easy ways to improve at eliciting laughs from your readers.

5 Tips for Writing About Politics in Fiction

Politics can be a contentious topic to address in any scenario these days—but that doesn't mean you should avoid including politics in fiction if the story warrants it. Here, Aimee Agresti offers her best tips for writing about politics in a novel.

5 Nifty Google Writing Tools

Hi, writers, Maria is likely sipping exotic neon cocktails and hanging out with top writers as the Maui Writers Conference wraps up in Hawaii, so this week I’m taking over The Writer’s Perspective and the WD fort in Cincinnati, wearing an old lei from a luau-themed office party. I originally planned...

Writer's Digest TV: Lee Child

Hi Writers,Another video today–I know, I spoil you. Today’s video is an interview with Lee Child, author of the spectacular Jack Reacher series. Here Lee talks about why he switches between first and third person point-of-view in his novels. Keep Writing,Maria You might also like:No Related Posts

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...

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...

Random stuff overheard from New York literary agents

Hi Writers,Sorry for the lame headline. I’m putting the October issue of Writer’s Digest to bed and my clever headline writing capacity is shot. But I wanted to share some of the notes I kept during my recent trip to New York to accompany our annual competitions winners to meet agents...

I'm in New York!

Hi Writers,I’m reporting live from New York City, where I’m accompanying our annual competitions winners Alegra Clarke and Mary Feuer. So Alegra and Mary and me are making the rounds to meet literary agents. This is part of their prize for winning our annual competition for the past two years. I...

Ian Frazier on Humor Writing

Hi Writers, I read this great piece in The New Yorker May 26, “Tales from a Chelsea Soup Kitchen” by Ian Frazier. It’s a feature about how he started a writing workshop that operates in tandem with a NYC church-based soup kitchen. I thought it had a lot of interesting things...

Kill Your Darlings (and other terrifying advice)

Hi Writers,Following up on my previous post, the Ira Glass storytelling video, there were some interesting comments on the forum. I mentioned that I really took to what Glass had to say about killing much of your work so that the best can live. And this brought up the anxiety-inducing advice...

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Hi Writers,I want to share this wonderful, instructional video I came across: Ira Glass on the art of storytelling. I’m a huge NPR “This American Life” fan and I also recommend “This American Life” on Showtime, which I suppose you might call short video stories of real people. The following video...

In honor of National Poetry Month

Hi Writers,It’s National Poetry Month, so I thought I’d offer up an excerpt courtesy of our wonderful new Poetry columnist Dorianne Laux. This is from the June 08 issue of Writer’s Digest (on newwstands 4/15), from a column on word choice:There’s something in the name Romeo—those three sweet, open syllables—that our...

Laurell K. Hamilton on her fantasy series

Hi Writers,There seems to be some blogosphere chatter surrounding a quote from the Laurell K. Hamilton interview in our April issue. So I’m posting that particular Q&A here. The full interview will be available on our website next week. Do you work on only one series at a time? Yes, especially...

Blogs: Handling sensitive subjects

Hi Writers,Anyone who blogs and is interested in learning how to write about a very serious topic should check out Patry Francis’ blog Simply Wait. I wrote about Patry in my previous post. She’s an author who’s battling cancer. She’s been chronicling that battle on her blog recently. Here’s a brief...