Writing a story that has all the enticing elements of a screenplay in novel form can be a challenge, but if done right it can lead to a cinematic manuscript that's bound to catch the eye of agents and readers. Here are seven ways to take your eye for big screen story ideas and...
Here are 6 ways to keep your baby brain from turning to mush when you are sleep deprived and elbow-deep in poopy diapers.
Over the past forty years, I’ve translated what seems like every conceivable kind of book, from classics like Anna Karenina to a biography of the Constructivist painter Lyubov Popova, abstruse works of philosophy, and monumental histories—but my focus—with a significant exception for some forays into not-quite-so-contemporary fiction of the past hundred years—has been contemporary...
In support of my book, I went on a book tour. After six months, 75 talks in about 60 cities and towns, and lots of networking, I learned a lot. Here are 13 things you should know when doing a book tour.
For writers of short form literature, submitting your work can mean a variety of positive things. Here are important questions (and answers) you need to know about the process.
If you're a writer and you know Women’s Fiction is for you, here are five tips for crafting a good story that any fan of women's fiction will enjoy.
Here are some reasons why cruising is a great way to spend a vacation that can lead to some excellent writing results.
Revision is your chance to add humor and entertainment value—in any genre. Here’s how to do it.
When I retired as a professor of clinical psychology in 2006, I knew I wanted to follow a new passion. Who knew I could write a book in my retirement years.
Our editor-turned-novelist Jessica Strawser on finding a better life balance, putting writing first, and leaping into the next chapter.
There are three primary sources for content: the author’s knowledge, interviews with others to seek information and insight, and research. Here's how to drive drama using the latter.
In no particular order, here are five writers who inspired and helped me through my most difficult moments when I was dreaming about writing instead of my day job.
When Writer’s Digest reached out to let us know they’d uncovered an interview with the legendary humorist Erma Bombeck from the 1970s, we jumped at the chance to take a listen. As her voice filled the walls of my office at the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop I couldn’t help but think...
"Help! I’m A Writer Trapped In An Extrovert’s body!" you might find yourself yelling. If so don't worry, we've got you covered with these tips.
Here's how to explore the functions of dialogue and narration in a scene, so that you can find the mix that’s right for your novel.
Here are 10 tips to keep your spirits up when writing about deeply emotional content.
The following is a brief rundown of the three most common POVs and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The year I turned 20 I sat down and made out my bucket list, jotting down the decade birthdays—30th, 40th, 50th, and so on—and beneath each entry what I hoped to have accomplished by that date. Longevity not being a strong family trait, I figured I had maybe five decades to make my life’s...
As a debut novelist who’s also a full-time nonfiction editor, I’ve tried hard to keep my editor and author hats separate. However, I’ve found that the two roles have intertwined more than I expected, and in ways that are surprisingly beneficial.
Footnotes seem to be a rather polarizing topic among the literary community, so let's talk about them—and what benefits exist.
When does black women’s fiction become just women’s fiction? To answer that question, we’d first have to establish the difference between the two. Some might argue that it’s the characters, others might say themes or cultural perspective. After reflecting on this for years, I concluded that the biggest thing that separates women’s fiction and...
Writing the historical novel brings several unique challenges. Tailoring these techniques to your historical novel will help you capture and hold your readers’ attention.
In the last few years, girls in titles have infiltrated bookstores and subsequently movie theaters. Why are they so popular? Why should (or shouldn’t) you give your novel one of those coveted Girl titles? Here's what you need to know.
I had written three books by the time I entered a TV writers’ room. I thought of myself as a seasoned writer who was, essentially, starting over. It was a new medium with new rules and I was ready to start at the basics. Turns out the basics aren’t that hard. I easily got a hang...
Here are tips on how to revisit a world you've written about before and grow it into additional novels.