A simple setting, but one that pulls readers in, makes them want to be part of your story and actually resonates in their soul. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
How can you—a grown-up (gasp!)—effectively write the middle-grade voice? Here's how.
Here are some of the sessions I'd make it a priority to see at the Writer's Digest Annual Conference in NYC, August 12-14--and why you should attend them.
During this new boot camp, starting July 19, literary agents will show you how to put together the best query letter, opening pages, and synopsis to hook the attention of Agents and Editors. As you learn what makes up an amazing submission package, 5 literary agents from Corvisiero Literary will tell you what agents...
Like a dream book publicist, Facebook has helped me in many ways. Here's how it can help you as a writer.
This Q&A takes a look at how to navigate the (sometimes treacherous) tides of the publishing industry.
Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to write a story with a strong voice.
Being a writer in TV and film is difficult as is, but being a female writer throws and extra wrinkle in things. Here's how to find success in the challenging screenwriting world.
What exactly is the difference between behaviors, habits, mannerisms and quirks? Read on to learn the subtle (yet important) differences between them.
While we often view what a writer should be based on what we see on TV, this scribe takes a quick look at what it's really like to be a young writer.
Understand why and how to break these 7 common rules about writing dialogue, and you’ll write more effective, nuanced and engaging character conversations.
Editors are always looking for knowledgeable, entertaining, dependable freelance columnists to fill their ever-recurring white space. Become one and enjoy these potential perks.
Don't let your commute stand in the way of your novel writing--instead, let it be the catalyst for writing your novel. Here's how.
In a lead up to our great Writer's Digest Annual Conference, we're hosting a free Twitter chat to answer some of your questions about pitching agents and more. Read on for details.
I envy pantsers, I really do. But for those of us who need to plot, I have tips on how to do that while still having fun with the month-long writing crazy of NaNoWriMo.
Our hearts go out to the family of bestselling author Lois Duncan, who died at the age of 82. Here's one of our favorite quotes of hers from inside the pages of Writer's Digest.
I’ve been eager to share my experiences and lessons learned as a debut novelist-in-progress, which means I (gladly, excitedly!) field a lot of questions from fellow writers and readers alike. And two of the most frequently asked across the board have to do with the same thing: Have you seen your cover yet? (Answer:...
As historical novelists, we write about the mystery and mythology of Attila the Hun, of sixteenth-century Russian nobility, of Hindu temple dancers in the desert of Rajasthan, and about a Franco-American winemaking family at the turn of the twentieth century. What compels us to write these stories? What pitfalls have we sidestepped along the...
There are so many ways to get the word out about your book starting with your own community. Here are a number of strategies for you to use to promote your book.
Nothing (other than fame and glory) makes an author happier than hearing from a reader who couldn’t put down their book. So what makes readers skip going to bed when they should and instead decide, Just one more chapter? My agent, Barbara Poelle, and I decided to sit down and distill (with something distilled)...
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.
Don’t miss your chance to attend WD’s one-of-a-kind Science Fiction & Fantasy Online Writing Conference! On June 25 and 26, Writer’s Digest University will provide expert insights from SEVEN award-winning and best-selling authors on the finer points of how to write within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Spend the weekend learning techniques for honing...
How do you entice readers to try out a new world when everyone already loves the old one? Why start from scratch when the recipe works?
If you are looking to begin a freelance career (or build upon the one you've started), listen to our podcast with freelance expert Zachary Petit.
You’d think New Age Fiction would be overflowing with titles. But it’s not. This makes no sense. Here’s why: