We like to think and talk a great deal about protagonists and antagonists, and that’s not a bad way to look at things, exactly. But it’s vital to realize that those two terms are purely a matter of perspective.
Should you write a memoir, or write a novel "based on a true story"? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth.
Happy holidays from Writer's Digest, and welcome to our 12 Days of Books Giveaway! Every day from December 11, 2017 to December 22, 2017, we're giving away a different book from the Writer's Digest shelf.
Editor Tyler Moss takes us on a brief tour of the January 2018 issue of Writer's Digest magazine.
J.D. Myall spoke with McManus to discuss writing, publishing, and the extraordinary success of One of Us Is Lying.
PEN America is currently touring the country hosting local panels to educate journalists and the public alike on how to identify fake news. Here's what we learned from them.
Scrivener 3 is a major update that not only brings some very cool new features, but also improves and simplifies what was already there.
Whether the relationship is healthy, codependent or even antagonistic, established relationships have a few unique things in common.
Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will help you pen part two with finesse.
The NaNoWriMo team asked participants to share their favorite lines they wrote over the course of the month on Twitter, and the responses were excellent! Check out some of our favorites.
Horror and humor can create an indelible impression on audiences when they are combined well. Here are five tips for writing horror comedy.
Writer's Digest is joining in the spirit of Giving Tuesday by creating a directory of literacy and writing charities that promote reading and writing across the world.
How devious are you? Test your knowlegde of all things evil in this fun book quotes quiz by identifying which literary villains uttered these quotes.
From books, socks, tech, games and knicknacks to services and videos, this guide offers a compendium of creative experiences, learning tools and gifts for writers of every genre and persuasion.
Is it crazy for two close friends to think they can write a book together—and maintain their friendship? Two writers discuss the pitfalls of co-authoring a book with someone you know well.
Typical resources—histories, documentaries, Wikipedia, Google—can provide facts and figures, contribute context, but good historical fiction needs more. Here are eleven resources to shake loose the soul of your setting so it can sparkle on the page.
There’s much more to a great police procedural than just getting the procedures right. Here, Carrie Smith shares her secrets.
Can you become a good fiction writer? It's a prudent question to ask before diving in. Try this three-step test to see if you're ready to take the plunge.
Try a fun writing-themed word search in the first installment in this series of puzzles, quizzes, brain teasers and games for writers.
Today’s female reader is pressed for time, demanding as hell, and both scared and excited about the future. If you want to craft a dynamic literary heroine, you must speak to that.
When a story isn't working, you may be able to save your character by stripping away everything else and rebuilding using sturdier, more developed bricks.
Are you stuck writing the middle of your novel? These tips from Gabriela Pereira's DIY MFA will help you add meat to those core bones of your narrative.
How often do you expand your literary horizons to books published in other cultures and countries? Here, translator Nicky Harman addresses several compelling reasons why you should read more translated literature.
In order to write a complex, realistic hero you should get to know one. Luckily, they are all around us.