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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.

5 Things Novelists Can Learn From Screenwriters

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Life of Pi Academy Award nominee David Magee shares his insights and tips. Read more

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing About Food

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Many writers consider dabbling in writing about food—I mean, we all like food, don’t we? Before diving in, it’s important to ask yourself these 5 questions to make sure you’re taking your role as food writer seriously. Read more

Confessions of a Story Coach

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Larry Brooks is a story coach. And it isn’t always pretty. Which is a good thing, because the whole point, the reason this has value, is to learn from the mistakes of others. Here’s what you can learn from others. Read more

How to Edit and Polish Your Writing

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Most manuscripts start out a little messy. Try these thoughtful approaches to polishing your prose. Read more

4 Tips on the Publishing Experience

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When it came time to launch my own book, The Listeners, I had a pretty good working knowledge of what had to be done, certainly more so than most first-time authors. But just as being an editor has informed the publishing experience, so is the publishing experience informing my role as editor, and I wanted to take a little bit of time to share with you what I knew, what I’ve learned, and what I will continue to learn. Read more

Literally vs. Figuratively

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Get an easy-to-understand breakdown of the difference between literally and figuratively, and why their definitions may be evolving. Read more

How to Write a Novel Readers Won’t Put Down

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A friend alerted me to an interesting infographic posted on Goodreads. The subject: Why readers abandon a book they’ve started. Among the reasons … Read more

The Best Part About Being a Writer Is …

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How would you finish this sentence? Read more

5 Quotes on Writing from Elmore Leonard

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We’re saddened to hear about the passing of literary legend Elmore Leonard (I absolutely loved his book Get Shorty when I read it in high school). He was a great writer and will be remembered through his wonderful work for years and years to come. In honor of Leonard’s passing, we’ve pulled five memorable quotes on writing from our Writer’s Digest interviews archive, as we were fortunate to get to speak with him several times over the years. Here they are. Read more

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

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