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Brian A. Klems is a published author and the online editor of WritersDigest.com. 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.

Freelance Writing: 10 Ways to Satisfy Editors & Land More Assignments

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Getting assignments right the first time is key to a successful freelance career. Here are 10 ways to satisfy editors from the start. Read more

Into vs. In To

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Using “into” and “in to” interchangeably is a very common grammar faux pas—heck, my sister commits this grandiose error in e-mails at least twice a day and, despite my attempts to sick the grammar police on her, she continues to write recklessly. But if you understand their individual definitions, it’s easy to pick the right word to convey your true meaning and avoid the grammar police altogether. Read more

QUICK TIP: Save Your Story From Coming to a Bad End

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Too many stories end badly. And yet they somehow get published and even succeed to some degree. That’s because the rest of the story—the structure of it and the compelling essence of the character—triumphs to an extent that the ending doesn’t make or break the story at all. It just is. Your goal is … Read more

An Interview with Charles Finch, Author of the Charles Lenox Mysteries

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I recently had the opportunity to talk to popular mystery author Charles Finch, author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, during my Writer’s Digest Presents: An Author Hangout series. He was a wonderful guest, answering questions about the writing process, the keys to writing a series, what writers looking to get published need to focus on and more. Read more

Try These 30-Minute Writing Challenges

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Set aside 30 minutes, choose one of the following exercises and, as Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” would say, “Make it work!” Read more

How to Write a Biography: Writing from the Heart

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The most important thing that you as a biographer can do is to write from the heart. You can take a number of approaches to writing from the heart. For example … Read more

Freelance Writing: 5 Tips for Pitching Anniversary-Themed Articles

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Find pitch-perfect hooks for articles on virtually any topic by targeting anniversaries. Read more

5 Tools for Building Conflict in Your Novel

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Just like anyone else who builds things from scratch, writers need tools. And the more you use them, the better you become at using them. The more tools you’re exposed to, the … Read more

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Why We’re Thankful to Be Writers

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Around Thanksgiving I’m always reminded of how thankful I am for my wife, my kids, my family and my friends. One thing that I often overlook is how thankful I am that I am a writer. It’s a challenging profession, one that causes a lot of rejection, heartbreak and unintentionally condescending looks from others (“So you’re a writer? That’s nice, but what’s your real job?”). But the payoff is this: Read more

How to Write & Sell a Cross-Genre Novel

Here are the keys to writing and pitching a novel that crosses genres. Read more

Take the 2nd Annual Writer’s Digest Author Survey and Enter to Win a Free Kindle Fire!

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We want to let you know about the new Writer’s Digest survey and encourage you to participate. Whether you’re an aspiring author, or one who’s already been published, the information you can provide is of great importance to the publishing industry, enabling you to tell publishers, editors, agents, and self-publishing service providers what really matters, why you write, and what you want. Read more below or just click here to participate. Read more

How To Make Your Setting a Character

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Powerfully portrayed settings seem to have a life of their own, but how is that effect achieved? Make your setting a character is a common piece of advice given to fiction writers, yet beyond invoking all five senses when describing the scenery, there’s not a lot of info out there about exactly how to do it. Here are 5 keys to doing it. Read more

“New Adult”: The Next Big Thing?

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There’s a new genre targeting readers who are outgrowing YA—but is it here to stay? Here’s what you should know about the New Adult trend.
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NaNoWriMo: 5 Writing Lessons That I Knew Before, But Know Much Better Now

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A few weeks ago, I had never heard of National Novel Writing Month, although I’ve been somewhat lazily writing a book for a year in my free time (Lesson 1: don’t wait for free time). Then one day when I was busily browsing posts on Facebook, I got a notification; someone had shared a link on my timeline. How lovely! I clicked and saw a poster image of my local library’s NaNoWriMo events for the month. I had no idea what this meant, but was honored that my husband’s aunt had thought of me when she saw this; I know because that was her comment (Lesson 2 learned: once you tell people that you’re writing a book, they’ll hold you to it, for better or for worse.). Read more

How to Become a Travel Writer

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Each person in the audience fights the bull along with the torero, not by following the flight of the cape, but by using another imaginary one that moves differently than the one … Read more

Write Like A House Cat

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In a way, most successful writers I know remind me of my house cat Charlotte, says author Peter Brown Hoffmeister. They might be balding or have an average coat of hair. They might not be incredibly good-looking, large or small. They certainly won’t exude sex appeal in a bikini, and they might even have a hidden abscess that gives off an unpleasant odor, but they get their work done. Read on as Peter explains. Read more

10 Things Your Freelance Editor Might Not Tell You—But Should

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Before you hire an editor, you need to know what kind of help you’re looking for. It’s important you know the following … Read more

Mystery Novel Writing: 5 FAQs on How to Do Excellent Research for Your Novel

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International bestselling novelist Peter James reveals his secret to killer crime fiction: joining hands with the long arm of the law. Read more

Fewer vs. Less

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What’s the difference between fewer and less? Here’s a simple explanation to help you use both correctly. Read more

What You Need to Know About Pitching Your Christian Writing

Christian markets offer big readerships and big opportunities—and the best part is, anyone can write for them. Here’s how to break in. Read more

5-Minute Memoir: Writing From the Mat

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5-Minute Memoir is exactly what it sounds like—a personal essay on some facet of the writing life, be it a narrative or a reflection, pensive, touching or hilarious. Enjoy this installment from N.M. Kleby. Read more

How to Write the Last 10% of Your Novel

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How can you tell when your novel is really finished? Learn the final-draft factors that most often make or break a novel. Read more

8 Ways Any Writer Can Get Started in the Craft of Playwriting

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Playwriting can be a terrific outlet for any writer’s talent—it not only serves as an excellent new venue for your work, but it can also sharpen your style and boost your overall writing ability in innumerable ways. Interested, but unsure of how, exactly, to get your feet wet? Here are eight things any writer can do to get a jump-start writing for the stage. Read more

Writing MEME of the Week – My Novel is Out There

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While we are a community of writers, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the finer points of funny and clever images shared throughout today’s social media world. I’ve decided share some of my favorites. This one comes from Mary Zisk. Hope you enjoy. Read more

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