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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.

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!


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Writing Meme Writer's Digest October 17 2013

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

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline


If you’ve ever wanted to throw away your outline and uncover a story word by word, here’s how to get started. Read more

Benefits of Writing a Fast First Draft


One of the greatest predictors of successfully pre-plotting and writing a novel or memoir in a month is the ability to write in the zone. When you’re in the flow of your … Read more

Why Writers Wallow in the Beginning and Resist Writing to the End


Writing and plotting the beginning of a story are like meeting people for the first time. We wonder if the other people like us. We wonder if we like them. We show only so much of ourselves, as we determine how we feel about these other persons. We are in control––and being in control at the beginning sounds far superior to being out of control in the middle and the end, places where you must dig deeply into emotions … Read more

7 Reasons to Write an Entire 1st Draft before Going Back to the Beginning


There are important benefits of writing a novel or memoir from beginning to end before going back and starting again. Here are seven of them that you should know. Read more

How to Build Subplots From Multiple Viewpoints


Subplots and multiple points of view make novels longer and more work, but rewards for that effort are there for writer and reader alike—that is, if they are successful. Here’s how to pull it off. Read more

Writing MEME of the Week – Keep that TV Away From Me!


Occasionally I will share funny graphics that I’ve found on the Web (or were created by members of the Writer’s Digest staff). Here’s a great one that I think many book lovers will enjoy. Read more

The Novelist’s Guide to Writing (Only) What you Know


Transform personal experience into powerful fiction, and you’ll tell stories like no one else can. Read more

I Just Keep It Simple: Tell the Damn Story (RIP Tom Clancy)


The writing world lost a legend with the passing of Tom Clancy. To honor the author of the Jack Ryan novels, we dove into our archives and found this wonderful Writer’s Digest Interview with Tom Clancy from 2001. Read on. Read more

Do You Believe This?


Television can give us great breaks from the work of writing, even if we feel slightly guilty for watching. But we can temper our guilt by inviting our Inner Editor to sit beside us and show us what to avoid in our writing. Read more

#BannedBooksWeek: Why Banning Books is Wrong (& Better Solutions)


This week I helped celebrate #BannedBooksWeek by moderating a Google On Air panel of popular authors discussing why banning books does a disservice to readers everywhere (You won’t believe the screengrab of my giant head that Google picked as the promo image. Anyway, the discussion led to some amazing points about the problems with banning books, other solutions to dealing with kids reading mature content and why parents should put less emphasis on getting books banned and more emphasis on reading with their kids. Watch and enjoy. Read more

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