Here are key elements all writers need to know about the wide open category of historical fiction, as told from a literary agent who represents successful historical fiction authors.
In honor of President's Day, we've pulled together seven quotes from former commanders-in-chief about the importance of writing and reading.
If your head is spinning from the manuscript rejection feedback you’re receiving while on submission, you’re not alone. Let us help you translate it.
You never know what creative writing exercise can end your battle with writer's block. Here's one way to tackle it with a simple thank you note.
There are several rules of thought on how to handle writing numbers, but the most common is pretty simple. Here's when you should spell out numbers and when you shouldn't.
There’s a big difference between landing one or two gigs and making a career of ghostwriting—or any kind of writing, for that matter. Use this plan for long-term, full-time success.
Learn, revise your writing and work directly with an agent who will provide feedback specific to your work. It starts Thursday,
Get too focused on any one instrument at play in your story, and you may lose sight of the harmony inherent in truly great fiction. Here’s how to compose the elements of your novel into a masterpiece.
Stage these 10 inventive techniques, and you just might find your creativity—and your writing—soaking up the spotlight. Read more about these creative exercises now.
While you should read as many books as possible, there's something to be said for reading your favorite books by writers you love time and time again.
Voice is like your book’s fingerprint—only the author can give a book its own style. Here's what you need to know about voice in understanding how to write a good memoir.
While we continue to explore what this means to the greater writing community, we feel it is important to share the following letter from the Americans For The Arts with our readers, whom it may affect.
After facing rejection, here's how one writer found a path forward with her work. Also, she shares three examples of how hearing “no” can lead you to a “yes.”
Literary agent Irene Goodman shares some insider do’s and don’ts about what to do after you attend a writing conference and how to get the most out of your experience.
If you want to muscle your female protagonists into the traditionally male world of the police procedural or PI novel, here are a few things writers should consider.
In New York Times bestselling author Peter James’s latest Detective Roy Grace novel, much of the narrative is from the point of view of antagonist Jodie Bentley, a psychopathic Black Widow systematically marrying rich men and killing them in the most sinister of ways. Here, Peter James lists his top five...
This Writer’s Digest Boot Camp, "How to Craft Query Letters and Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed" (starts Jan. 17, 2017), is designed to help you streamline your submission materials to stand out in a good way.
People don’t read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the science, and no one watches Forrest Gump for seafood recipes. Character is what truly makes an audience turn a page or turn up the volume. Thus, I am so pleased to sit down with bestselling author Nick Petrie to discuss the...
Here's what you need to know when considering how long to wait before following up with a magazine editor.
Make sure that your story is as close to perfection as you could dream before you self publish or pitch to an agent. Here are things to consider.
There are some techniques seasoned writers use to create that tension. Here are seven ways to accomplish building tension in your novel.
Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of the outlining process, beginning with the shaping of your premise and working all the way through to a complete list of scenes.
One writer's new hobby of running has taught him four valuable lessons about writer's block that have helped him—and he hopes helps you too.
BY VICTORIA PATTERSON The Peerless Four, based on the historical precedent of the first women allowed to compete in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics in track and field on a trial basis, was a departure from my previous story collection and novel, Drift and This Vacant Paradise, both set at the end...