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Brian Klems’ The Writer’s Dig

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.

How to Give Your Character an Authentic Dialect

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Try all you want to make the words unrecognizable—misspell them, cut them in half, throw in a fistful of apostrophes, sound out every groan the character makes—but the truth is, they are still words you’re dealing with. Here’s how successfully write characters who have dialects. Read more

Can You Really Become a Writer?

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Do interesting characters run through your thoughts that you want to know better? Are there places in your head you would like to explore? Have events happened in your life that you … Read more

Essential Advice for Beginning Writers: An Interview with Kerri Majors

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Kerri Majors is the editor and founder of YARN, the Young Adult Review Network, an online literary journal of YA short stories, essays, and poetry. As if this role doesn’t keep her … Read more

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)

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Start your revision by addressing these, and you’ll immediately change your story for the better. Read more

Writer’s Digest West Pre-Conference Tip: Making Up Monikers Matters

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Over the next few weeks many of the presenters of the upcoming Writer’s Digest West Conference (Sept. 27-29 in L.A.) will be dishing out pre-conference writing and publishing tips. Here’s our first installment thanks to Eva Shaw who will be teaching the workshop “Write Your Novel in 20 Minutes.” Read more

Don’t Split Infinitives – Fact or Myth?

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Grammarians will often tell you not to split infinitives, but you see writers do it all the time. Is it against the grammar rules or are the grammar teachers off base? Here’s the answer. Read more

How to Think and Write like Nabokov

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Learning how Russian novelist Nabokov thought might improve the way you write. Practice thinking in images to uncover the hidden details in your story. Read more

7 Reasons You Should Consider Publishing Personal Stories

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Personal writing might sometimes feel too private to publish—but documenting your low points can rocket your byline to the top. Read more

Can You Copyright an Idea?

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Learn the copyright rules you need to know to protect your idea from copyright infringement. Read more

How Not to Lose Assignments & Infuriate Editors

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Avoid these 8 freelancing gaffes that even the sharpest pros make. Read more

How to Write the Perfect Query Letter

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A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success. Read more

How to Make Money Writing for the Web

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There are thousands of online writing opportunities for freelancers, many of which pay well. Follow these best practices, and soon you’ll be turning pixels into paychecks. Read more

How to Get Your Writing Noticed

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Throughout the year we bundle together several writing resources that focus on something specific—something that could really, really help you forward your writing career. Oh, and we offer the bundle up for a ridiculously discounted price. There is one catch, though: There’s only 100 bundles available, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. This month’s bundle is … Read more

How to Structure a Killer Novel Ending

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Here are the principles of story structure that you need to apply to your writing in order to get the ending of your fiction right. Read more

Why Watching TV Can Actually Be Good For a Writer

Guilty that you spent some time last night watching TV instead of writing? Don’t feel too bad. As a handful of authors discussed in the “Is Reading Really Considered Working?” panel at ThrillerFest Saturday, writers can learn from more venues than just books—there’s literary merit in taking in some TV.
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10 Things to Remember When Writing a Legal Thriller

“Lawyers can make brilliant heroes,” as author Meg Gardiner pointed out in her ThrillerFest panel “Boxers or Briefs? Making Your Attorney Stand Out.” With that in mind, here are some lessons we drew from the panelists to help you sharpen your protagonist, and bring your legal thriller to life for readers. Read more

9 Inspirational (and Practical) Bits of Advice From Anne Rice, Catherine Coulter, David Morrell and Others

Here’s a collection of wisdoms from the star-studded panels and sessions at ThrillerFest. Read more

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE 7/19: Join Us in LA (& Meet Agents)!

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Come see many popular authors, including Tim Powers, author of 13 novels, including THE ANUBIS GATES, DECLARE, HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES, and ON STRANGER TIDES (which was adapted for the fourth … Read more

Free Webinar Monday @ 1:00 EDT – Learn How to Write Compelling, Authentic Dialogue

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If you’ve never tried a webinar before or have been hesitant to try because you’re not sure how it works and don’t know whether it’d be a right fit for you, you … Read more

David Morrell On the Key to Settings

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In his CraftFest session at ThrillerFest, “Setting: How to Make Your Novel Go Places,” David Morrell (author of First Blood) riffed on how to produce fantastic settings that become characters in their own right. Read more

Michael Connelly on the No. 1 Key to Writing a Series

Michael Connelly dishes his No. 1 secret on how to pull off a successful series. Read more

10 Things Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Writing Thrillers

Conspiracy. Murder. Politics. Love. Sex. Ghosts. Pirates. Thrillers and the works of William Shakespeare may have more in common than you’d think. And, as author A.J. Hartley proved in his session “Cues From Shakespeare, the First Thriller Writer,” there’s a lot the bard can teach scribes about storytelling. Read more

How to Write Better Heroes and Villains: Archetypes

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Knowing character archetypes and their traits is key to decoding what motivates your characters—and bringing them to life for readers. Here are some of the main archetypes. Read more

3 of Michael Connelly’s Favorite Bits of Writing Advice

Michael Connelly (author of the Harry Bosch series) shares three of his favorite nuggets of advice from other writers. Read more

What to Look for When Editing Your Manuscript

What should writers do when they finish their first drafts? Author Patricia Gussin reveals how to tune your manuscript up so it’s ready for agents and editors. Read more

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