A preorder event is a great way to not only generate buzz for your book, but also to pull in some early sales. Seth Harwood, author of Jack Wakes Up and Young Junius, offers up several strategies on how to have a successful preorder event.
In this special posting from our archives, read WD's 1996 interview with Anne Lamott, conducted shortly after the release of her classic book on writing. (Note: In order to make the piece readable, it is a free PDF download.)
Each scene needs to have a clear point-of-view character. The rule is one POV per scene. No “head- hopping.” The exception is when you’re using omniscient POV, which has its own challenges. Otherwise, stick with one.
I’m afraid I’ll have to start my discussion of plausibility with a student story that remains vivid to me after some five years. The notion that a 21-year-old would even attempt to write a short story, let alone subject such work to the unpredictable blandishments of a workshop, strikes me as...
From a batch of some 6,380 entries, Writer’s Digest editors selected Lee Hubbard’s “We Sat in the Darkness” as the grand-prize winner of the 9th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Read Hubbard's story here.
Novelist (and friend of WD) Tony Hillerman passed away this weekend, just a few weeks before his annual writing conference. As a tribute to his dedication to the writing profession, here's a WD interview with Hillerman from our January 2000 issue.
It's difficult to imagine that those 1960s doe-eyed children who brought the world’s attention to Vietnam War protests and love-ins are old enough to qualify as senior citizens. But they’ve finally matured—and so has the fiction being written by and for them.
By Jordan E. Rosenfeld