In order to write a complex, realistic hero you should get to know one. Luckily, they are all around us.
Taking the leap from writer to published author is the end goal majority of writers have for their work. If you’re considering publishing your writing, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Congratulations, you just launched your first book! But … what now? Here, Heather Christie outlines a process for ensuring the success of your book and your career.
Danielle M. Wong believed that her story would be entirely free from her unwanted personal experiences and emotional obstacles—but learned a better approach along the way.
Doug Richardson, writer of Die Hard 2, Bad Boys and Hostage, takes an author through the process of book to film and what an author can expect when working with Hollywood.
We've selected some helpful novel writing tips from authors who have been interviewed in past issues of WD to assist you in getting your story on the page.
Here, to inspire your first day of cranking out 50,000 words in 30 days, we've compiled some intriguing first lines from recent novels.
Judithe Little discusses the importance and benefit of being part of a critique group.
[Value Pack: 5 Resources to Help You Write and Sell Bone-Chilling Horror] Photo by Owen Kemp on Unsplash by Andrew Mayne Humor is such a subjective notion that I’m hesitant to say that I’ve figured it out or point to something I did and say that it’s funny. That said, I try. As a...
In this excerpt from Writing Monsters by Philip Athans, learn about five qualities that will make your readers' skin crawl when you're crafting monstrous creatures.
Script's Editor Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares why screenwriters should take on the NaNoWriMo challenge by adapting backwards, screenplay to novel.
Stranger Things' roaring success was the result of its blend of nostalgia, unexpected storytelling elements, an immersive plot—as well as other aspects that writers can emulate in their own writing to craft compelling tales.
Nic Stone's poignant and timely Dear Martin hit the ground running on Amazon this past week, trending #1 in the YA literature category. Here, we talk with Stone about the book, her process and her advice for writers.
In order to help readers imagine life in a different era or from different cultural perspectives, writers of historical fiction must do in-depth research and ask detailed questions.
In this article from the October 2017 issue of Writer's Digest, James C. Magruder illustrates the importance of humanizing the words you write.
This selection of classical tunes is the first in a series of playlists for writing, based on the recommendations of Writer's Digest social media followers.
How comfortable should you be writing from perspectives outside of your culture, gender, sexuality, race, class or other background that isn’t yours?
by Grant Faulkner When I first became a writer, I marveled at the magical worlds my favorite authors created—their lyrical prose, their riveting plots, their piercing characterizations. They wrote with such grace, such ease, that it seemed as if they’d been born to it, blessed with a talent and anointed by...
The great Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, apparently had a quote for every occasion.
One of the most common challenges writers face in the character development process is conveying their personalities (even those of side characters) in a naturally complex and believable way. Here, Joan Dempsey dives into the heart of a critical element that can help you flesh out—no pun intended—your characters and enrich...
How do individual writers, with unique styles and voices, come together to produce a cohesive novel with seamless prose? Here are 10 things you need to know when attempting to write collaboratively.
Writing can be a lot of things, but at its best it can be a life saver. Read on about how writing changed (and saved) Keith Maginn.
How does a writer create a character unlike themselves and give it a living, breathing personality? I’ll walk through these six steps that worked for me--and perhaps they’ll work for you.
I want to build a list of books here that all writers can bookmark and thumb through at any time. So I officially challenge you to post 5 books that you think every writer should read on this post.