I hadn’t read a children’s novel in an embarrassingly long time when I landed my first deal to write exactly that. Naturally, I went into it with all kinds of notions as to what writing for children entailed. Things like: don’t be too scary, use simpler language, write about whatever it is kids like...
Writing conferences offer valuable chances to meet face-to-face with agents—but in the heat of the moment, nerves can get the best of even the most confident writers. Here are 5 steps to coming out on top.
Video book trailers are fast becoming an effective tool for book promotion. Try these approaches for creating and distributing one of your own.
Think there’s nothing you can do to help your submission’s chances? Think again.
This is for the dreamers, the believers, for those who thrive on the hope of fulfilling the potential we’ve all been blessed with.
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.
Research has proven that writing about traumatic events, if done properly, can be beneficial. I spent nearly a decade working on a memoir about my brother’s suicide, our lives, and my grief. Here’s what I learned along the way.
When you're struggling to write, it's important to know you're not alone. Here are 10 common challenges all of us writers have to deal with from time to time.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “The Anatomy of a Query Letter: What to Put Where, When, and Why” — instructor and literary agent Kate McKean will show you how to catch a reader's eye with a clean, precise, and interesting query letter.
Many writers, particularly younger ones, struggle to find their voice: the word choice, the cadence, the tone, the very punctuation—the stuff that slyly suggests or that screams that you wrote it. Here's how to find yours and use it to your advantage.
You can write that novel. It is possible to get published. I'm going to help. Here are 12 lessons I learned as I navigated the path to publication.
The following five strategies transform your blogging time from a promotional activity into a book-writing activity as well.
Today we’re having a One-Day-Only 40% OFF Sale on nearly everything in our shop using the code TAKE40MORE. That's on top of other discounts. I highly recommend using it on our Story Building Collection. Here's why.
In this two-hour intensive live webinar — titled “Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less” — publishing expert Jane Friedman focuses on the simplest, most robust, and FREE tools to get a site up and running in a day or less—often in one evening!
In this live 90-minute webinar instructor (and literary agent) Jodell Sadler and instructor (and editor) Allison Moore, Assistant Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, share their tips on preparing your manuscript for publication. BONUS: Get your picture book manuscript critiqued!
Here are a list of 10 ingredients necessary to pull off a spectacular book launch party.
Choosing writing as a career provides one of the most important keys to achieving work-life balance: flexibility. For the most part, writers decide when to write, what to write, where to write, and how much to write. Though we may work the same amount of hours as those in traditional office/commute/matchy suit/lunch break jobs,...
Becoming a masochist early on – embracing the pain to the point of enjoyment - may be the single best investment an aspiring writer can make. The pain takes many shapes, all of them useful along the writer’s path.
Here are 10 smart, yet simple ways for every writer—from novelists to journalists to poets—to enrich his or her mind and become better at cultivating ideas and putting them to the page.
I've always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here's why.
All the editors on Writer’s Digest staff aren’t just 9-5 editors, we are also writers and storytellers—which is why we are so passionate about writing and publishing. “WD Editors Are Writers Too” is a column on this blog to give you a sneak peek at the folks who lead the WD community—including their quirks,...
Meeting characters in a novel is very much like meeting people in real life. When we start reading a book, it’s as if we moved to a new town and were meeting a whole bunch of new people at the same time. Your job as a writer is to create that town and populate...
Point of view is among the least understood craft challenges but, along with the related question of narrative distance, it is perhaps the most powerful in effecting readers’ emotions. Here are tips on writing POV.
From now through Sunday we’re hosting a HUGE Friends & Family of Writer’s Digest Summer sale in our shop, allowing you to save 40% on all the writing resources you’ll need to have a productive summer! Really, I haven’t seen a sale like this in a long, long time (and probably won’t again for...
No matter what you are writing, chances are there's a spot for it in our 84st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. And now there's even greater incentive to enter as we've upped the ante ...