Brian Klems’ The Writer’s Dig

Brian A. Klems is a published author and the online editor of His blog, which covers everything writing—from grammar rules to publishing—is one of the most popular in the writing community. Follow him on Twitter @BrianKlems.


6 Must-Attend Sessions at the Writer’s Digest LA Conference

Writing a novel is a challenge. Whether you’re in the beginning stages or have a completed draft, you can really benefit from a writing conference, especially one dedicated specifically to novel writing. Good news for you: We’ve got you covered! This year we’ve launched a brand-new event on the West Coast. The Writer’s Digest...


Don’t Be Afraid of Indie Publishing

Let me be clear­—I don’t take sides. I appreciate the self-published author, the author published by a small press, and the New York-published author. Because you know what? No matter what publishing route any of us decide to take, we are all still authors.


Teen Writers Come of Age

Teenagers see the world through a completely different lens than adults do. Teen writers can show you the world through our eyes, and what it’s like to be growing up today.


What’s YOUR Brand? Writer Publicist Dana Kaye Explains

Promotion can be the most daunting and confusing part of the publishing process. From building a website, to navigating social media, to booking events, there are many facets that make up a successful book promotion campaign. But where do you start? Dana Kaye, owner of Kaye Publicity and author of Your Book, Your Brand:...


How to Write Your First Novel for Adults

Novel writing is a long and difficult road that will drive you crazy and compensate you poorly. But nothing compares to the thrill of crafting a story that is entirely, uniquely yours. Here’s how to make it happen.

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Where Should Your Thriller Hero Go Next: 6 Tips on Setting

Choosing the setting for a novel is a major decision. In an international thriller, location can even become one of main characters. Part of the escapism for readers is to be whisked into a romantic foreign city or thrown into an alien culture along with the protagonist. For the Judd Ryker thriller series, I...

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5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better

Readers can’t resist turning pages when characters are facing tough choices. Use these 5 keys to weave moral dilemmas into your stories—and watch your fiction climb to new heights. This guest post is by Steven James. James is the award-winning, bestselling author of 12 novels. He enjoys dark roast coffee and teaching storytelling around...

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How to Write From the Opposite Gender’s Point Of View

Every fiction writer has to write across gender lines. I should know. I’m a fantasy / science fiction writer, and though my stories are populated with vampires, robots, and space squids, there tend to be more than a few humans in the mix. Many of those humans end up being women. Unless you’re planning...