Take this quiz to determine if your beloved is joyful or jealous of your way with words.
Are you a member of a helpful and creative writing group? Do you meet with fellow writers to share your work, receive thoughtful feedback, get a boost of inspiration, and hang out with others who love the craft? We’d love to hear from you!
There are some crucial differences between the professional ones and the ones who want to be professional. These are the five that I’ve noticed during my career.
One writer says to survive as a writer you need to allow yourself to accept these 13 things.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably asking yourself "how do I published my children’s book idea?" Well, I have good news for you. It’s simple! Just follow these 28 steps, and your book will soon be available to customers all over the world!
It’s not just an amazing success story, it’s a new precedent for authors everywhere: Thanks to Hugh Howey, you don’t have to choose between the allure of self-publishing and your dreams of big book deals. You can have both.
Stumped by submission guidelines calling for “high-concept” romance, suspense, young adult or other popular fiction? These 7 qualifiers will help you gauge how (and where) your work fits in.
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 Peter Jurich.
Writers’ colonies are little-known treasures: they exist all over the United States and abroad, but many writers have never heard of them. Here are six ways to find (and apply for) these hidden gems.
If you think low-res writing programs are second-rate, think again. Here’s why they might just be the best way to become a better writer.
It's the perfect time to restart your engine and get back into writing. Here, I offer up a 12-day plan of simple writing exercises to help you keep your creative juices flowing without eating up too much of your time. Follow this plan and in less than half a month, you’ll not only...
As a writer, are you going to write fiction or nonfiction?. The latter spans a wide range of subjects. This category is made up of literary works that can retell events that really occurred or people who actually lived at one time. Barbara Koppel, a veteran independent filmmaker said, “Nonfiction takes you on a...
Writing a dynamite first line that captivates readers and encourages them to read on is difficult. Here are several different approaches to writing a killer opening line (and examples from classic novels to accompany each).
Writing and publishing your debut novel can take three months or 30 years. In this roundtable discussion, five very different breakout authors share what they’ve learned about how to position yourself for success.
Over the past year I posted articles on this blog that covered everything—from grammar to writing better characters to getting published and more. Here's a cheat sheet linking to what I consider the 62 best articles that can help you reach your writing goals.
Turn your dream novel into a reality by using this Story Plan Checklist.
Use a demand letter to save the day when you’re long overdue on being paid.
BY ELIZABETH SIMS The expletive known in polite circles as “the f-word” was most famously used in a major novel, Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, published in 1948. Except it wasn’t. Let me explain.
Getting assignments right the first time is key to a successful freelance career. Here are 10 ways to satisfy editors from the start.
Using “into” and “in to” interchangeably is a very common grammar faux pas—heck, my sister commits this grandiose error in e-mails at least twice a day and, despite my attempts to sick the grammar police on her, she continues to write recklessly. But if you understand their individual definitions, it’s easy to pick the...
Too many stories end badly. And yet they somehow get published and even succeed to some degree. That’s because the rest of the story—the structure of it and the compelling essence of the character—triumphs to an extent that the ending doesn’t make or break the story at all. It just is. Your goal is...
I recently had the opportunity to talk to popular mystery author Charles Finch, author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, during my Writer's Digest Presents: An Author Hangout series. He was a wonderful guest, answering questions about the writing process, the keys to writing a series, what writers looking to get published need to focus...
Set aside 30 minutes, choose one of the following exercises and, as Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” would say, “Make it work!”
The most important thing that you as a biographer can do is to write from the heart. You can take a number of approaches to writing from the heart. For example ...
Find pitch-perfect hooks for articles on virtually any topic by targeting anniversaries.