February 2014 Issue
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- Creative Writing 101
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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.
Even stories that start with brilliant strokes of inspiration too often fizzle out before we reach The End. Use this four-step method to develop your best ideas to their fullest. Read more
Every story, like every sequence of memorable events in life, has its own chronology; that is, significant happenings with a beginning, middle, and end. As we have said, they may not however be told in that order, which only makes matters more interesting. Embedded in the task of designing a plot sequence is the fundamental question—how will I handle time? Cinema has considerable temporal elasticity. The time element of a story can be greatly manipulated within the film’s actual duration. So where to begin? Read more
If you’ve never tried a writing boot camp, you’re missing out: three days of instruction, deadlines and discipline all wrapped into one weekend that will force you to forward your writing career. And the best part? You can do it in your underwear. Here’s how. Read more
Some of your characters will change during the course of your story—let’s call them changers. Others—stayers—will not change significantly in personality or outlook, but their motivations may nonetheless change as the story progresses from situation to situation. Both changers and stayers can have progressive motivations. Confused? Don’t be; it’s simpler than it may seem. Characters come in four basic types: Read more
Getting published isn’t easy—it’s hard. The key is to put your energy in the right places in order to give yourself the best shot at landing a book deal. But where to begin? Let us help. Read more
Even good stories can crumble if they don’t have a strong framework. Use this time-tested structure to transport your readers from exhilarating start to satisfying finish. Read more
Avoid these tempting traps, and save yourself from the kind of painful revision that can lead your manuscript to eternal damnation. Read more
As much as you’d probably like to burn your rejection letters or mold them into little voodoo dolls of the editors who sent them, don’t. There’s a lot to be learned from the responses (yes, even those that arrive with nothing more than a standard checkbox of reasons the piece wasn’t accepted). Read more
It’s easy to write about what you know, but writing about things you don’t know much about is way more challenging. It’s also more exciting. Here’s why. Read more
You’ve found the perfect title for your book but come to find it’s already been used by another author. Can an author copyright a title? Can you still use it? Read more
Here’s an overview of e-publishing principles and skills, as well as specific services you should be aware of given their current prominence in the market. Read more
Writing a book proposal can be one of the biggest challenges you face as a writer. It’s your one opportunity to impress an agent or an editor—the gatekeepers to publication. That’s why we’ve developed this 3-day boot camp designed to give you a high level of information on how to create (or rework) your nonfiction book proposal to make it more appealing to those who hold the publishing keys. You also will get personalized feedback on your efforts. Here’s how it works. Read more
Here’s a question from a writer named Shannon who wanted to know how to handle a situation where the editor made changes to her work that she feels weren’t in the piece’s best interest. How should you handle this type of situation? Read on. Read more
Freelance writing is one of the best gigs. You get to be your own boss and write about whatever you want. But freelance assignments don’t generally just fall in your lap. Here are five tips that will help you get in the right frame of mind for freelancing and increase your chances for landing assignments. Read more
We love to see characters transformed. Mainly because we are being transformed. Here’s how to craft a memorable character who evolves. Read more
When submitting a query letter to an agent or a publisher, there are several important items you must keep in mind. Here is a checklist of the top six. Read more
Explore these bucket list items to boost your creativity and take the next step towards your own unique writing life and career. Read more
Find pitch-perfect hooks for articles on virtually any topic by targeting anniversaries. Read more
No matter what type of novel you’re writing, there had better be some kind of suspense in it. Here’s how to add some (or make what you have even better). Read more
Learning how to write a must-read query letter is important. By sticking to these 10 specific dos and don’ts of writing a query letter, you’ll give yourself the best opportunity to find success and land an agent. Read more
Deciding whether to use affect or effect isn’t as tough to as you may think. Let me explain. Read more
When trying to get your manuscript published, it’s often beneficial to have an agent on your side. Agents not only have connections within the publishing industry but they also read hundreds of proposals a year, giving them better perspective of what will sell and what won’t. Here are five literary agents currently looking to sign new writers (and where you can find more). Read more
The goal for most of us writers is to get our work published. We dream of the day we walk through our local bookstore and see our name on the cover of a book. While getting published isn’t the only way to validate oneself as a writer, it certainly is one of the most gratifying. It’s also one of the most challenging. Here are your top options. Read more