For every way our first drafts fail, they get us farther down the road to success. Here's what you can learn from your first draft.
A 30-day writing challenge requires productivity on demand! Let’s look at the five pillars of high performance and how applying its strategies can help you meet your November writing challenge.
Monsters are more than just things that bite. Let’s begin with a few basic assumptions about monsters, with examples from the classic Stephen King novella “The Mist.”
For hundreds of thousands of writers worldwide, November means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Here's one way the 30-day challenge can be a serious boost.
Writing a novel is a challenge. Whether you’re in the beginning stages or have a completed draft, you can really benefit from a writing conference, especially one dedicated specifically to novel writing. Good news for you: We’ve got you covered! This year we’ve launched a brand-new event on the West Coast. The Writer’s Digest...
As a longtime nonfiction book and magazine editor, I’ve given notes on revising numerous manuscripts and articles. Here's what all writers should know.
Wattpad is proving out a publishing model that could well be the standard in years to come. Here's what all writers need to know about Wattpad.
How do you take your writing ideas, write a book and become a published author? Here are 5 ways you can help you make your writing dreams real that don't involve business plans.
No doubt about it: writing a novel isn’t easy. But use these lessons to help make it (slightly) easier.
If you are looking for a (new) publishing home, here are the top 10 things I think every writer should know about Amazon Publishing:
Let me be clear—I don’t take sides. I appreciate the self-published author, the author published by a small press, and the New York-published author. Because you know what? No matter what publishing route any of us decide to take, we are all still authors.
Here are 5 great takeaways on writing and illustrating children’s books from our Writer's Market Podcast with Debbie Ridpath Ohi. (Plus a link to listen to all the other great tips she has to offer writers and illustrators.)
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Maria Vicente provides you with information that will help take you from concept to first draft, and from final manuscript to pitching. Plus, she will critique your book!
My fascination with all things supernatural started at an alarmingly early age. I remember staying up way past my bedtime, huddled under my comforter, glued to the pages of a Christopher Pike novel. Scavenger Hunt was my favorite. As I aged, my thirst for edgier plots took me, naturally, to Stephen King. Christine scared...
If you regard your writing career as a business, you should be planning your novel at the drawing board to make it appealing to filmmakers. Here's how.
Teenagers see the world through a completely different lens than adults do. Teen writers can show you the world through our eyes, and what it’s like to be growing up today.
Promotion can be the most daunting and confusing part of the publishing process. From building a website, to navigating social media, to booking events, there are many facets that make up a successful book promotion campaign. But where do you start? Dana Kaye, owner of Kaye Publicity and author of Your Book, Your Brand:...
Novel writing is a long and difficult road that will drive you crazy and compensate you poorly. But nothing compares to the thrill of crafting a story that is entirely, uniquely yours. Here’s how to make it happen.
Use these thriller writing tips on how to craft a thriller novel that will grab readers by the throat and leave them desperate to tell all their friends about it.
Choosing the setting for a novel is a major decision. In an international thriller, location can even become one of main characters. Part of the escapism for readers is to be whisked into a romantic foreign city or thrown into an alien culture along with the protagonist. For the Judd Ryker thriller series, I...
Today is the last day to sign up for our 2nd Annual Mystery & Thriller Online Writing Conference, which puts your work in front of agents. Get details and register here.
Writing humor can be tricky. Use these tips to humor writing in your novel to make your readers laugh so hard milk squirts out their noses.
Readers can’t resist turning pages when characters are facing tough choices. Use these 5 keys to weave moral dilemmas into your stories—and watch your fiction climb to new heights. This guest post is by Steven James. James is the award-winning, bestselling author of 12 novels. He enjoys dark roast coffee and teaching storytelling around...
A battle scene in a novel can be a very powerful. Here is some novel writing advice about writing battle scenes.
While the list of persuasive elements is long, here are three small but crucial moves, things that narrators do when they most successfully convince us.