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.
Taking the leap from writer to published author is the end goal majority of writers have for their work. If you’re considering publishing your writing, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Congratulations, you just launched your first book! But … what now? Here, Heather Christie outlines a process for ensuring the success of your book and your career.
Danielle M. Wong believed that her story would be entirely free from her unwanted personal experiences and emotional obstacles—but learned a better approach along the way.
Doug Richardson, writer of Die Hard 2, Bad Boys and Hostage, takes an author through the process of book to film and what an author can expect when working with Hollywood.
We've selected some helpful novel writing tips from authors who have been interviewed in past issues of WD to assist you in getting your story on the page.
Here, to inspire your first day of cranking out 50,000 words in 30 days, we've compiled some intriguing first lines from recent novels.
Judithe Little discusses the importance and benefit of being part of a critique group.
[Value Pack: 5 Resources to Help You Write and Sell Bone-Chilling Horror] Photo by Owen Kemp on Unsplash by Andrew Mayne Humor is such a subjective notion that I’m hesitant to say that I’ve figured it out or point to something I did and say that it’s funny. That said, I try. As a...
In this excerpt from Writing Monsters by Philip Athans, learn about five qualities that will make your readers' skin crawl when you're crafting monstrous creatures.
Script's Editor Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares why screenwriters should take on the NaNoWriMo challenge by adapting backwards, screenplay to novel.
Stranger Things' roaring success was the result of its blend of nostalgia, unexpected storytelling elements, an immersive plot—as well as other aspects that writers can emulate in their own writing to craft compelling tales.
Nic Stone's poignant and timely Dear Martin hit the ground running on Amazon this past week, trending #1 in the YA literature category. Here, we talk with Stone about the book, her process and her advice for writers.
In order to help readers imagine life in a different era or from different cultural perspectives, writers of historical fiction must do in-depth research and ask detailed questions.
In this article from the October 2017 issue of Writer's Digest, James C. Magruder illustrates the importance of humanizing the words you write.
This selection of classical tunes is the first in a series of playlists for writing, based on the recommendations of Writer's Digest social media followers.