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The 3 Skills Every Successful Freelance Writer Must Have

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Today’s writing tip discusses freelancing for a living. If you are thinking about becoming a freelance writer and wondering what skills you need to survive within the freelancing world, today’s writing tip … Read more

The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction

fiction writing | getting published

Do you wonder want readers want? In today’s writing tip, you’ll discover the 21 key traits of best-selling fiction excerpted from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr. The 21 … Read more

How to Build Online Community

By Rob Eagar If you want to build a following, especially online, the key is to position yourself as someone who is worth following. The best way to attract a large group … Read more

Author Interview: Don Fry

Don Fry has taught over 10,000 writers worldwide to write better and faster with less agony. He a writing coach who has worked with newspapers and magazines, radio and television stations, and … Read more

A Day in the Life of a Writer

Try this fun day-long writing prompt from Jack Heffron, author of The Writer’s Idea Book. You’ll gain a lot of insight, and may just come up with some great ideas to spark … Read more

Songwriting Without Boundaries

Songwriting Without Boundaries Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice by Pat Pattison Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-59963-297-1 $17.99, paperback, 240 pages Infuse your lyrics with sensory detail! Writing great song … Read more

Word Savvy

Word Savvy: Use the Right Word Every Time, All the Time by Nancy Ragno Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-303-9 ISBN-10: 1-59963-303-5 $14.00 paperback, 224 pages Buy the Book! Read an Excerpt! … Read more

First 50 Pages

The First 50 Pages Engage Agents, Editors, and Readers, and Set Up Your Novel for Success by Jeff Gerke Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 9781599632384 $16.99, paperback, 240 pages Buy the Book … Read more

Question of the Day


Question of the Day Where Truth Is the Dare by Al Katkowsky Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 9781599632926 $12.99, paperback, 352 pages   buy the book Life has answers. Make sure you’re … Read more

Writing & Selling Your Memoir: Bonus Materials

Check out bonus material from Paula Balzer’s Writing & Selling Your Memoir.
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What Writers Mean by “Flow”

What do writers mean when they say a piece of writing "flows" or "doesn’t flow"?  Read more

On Writing Fiction

Rethinking conventional wisdom about the craft of writing fiction.  Read more

WD Author Interview: Nancy Ellen Dodd

The Writer’s Compass author Nancy Ellen Dodd talks about writing and the writer’s life in this exclusive Q&A.  Read more

Story Map Worksheet

Map your story structure with this downloadable Story Map Worksheet based on Nancy Ellen Dodd’s The Writer’s Compass.  Read more

Finding Your Memoir’s Voice

Literary agent Paula Balzer discussed finding your voice in this excerpt from her book WRITING & SELLING YOUR MEMOIR. Read more


The Writer’s Compass author Nancy Ellen Dodd discusses foreshadowing.
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The Writer’s Compass

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Paranormal Novel Checklists

Worksheets to help you write your paranormal novel.
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Story Engineering Writing Tools

Check out this helpful story architecture checklist from novelist Larry Brooks.
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Author Q&A: Steven Harper

Novelist Steven Harper (In the Company Mind, Corporate Mentality) discusses what sets writing supernatural fiction apart from other fiction writing. Read more

Author Q&A: Steven Harper

Novelist Steven Harper discusses what sets writing supernatural fiction apart from other fiction writing. Read more

Author Q&A: Orson Scott Card

Hugo award-winning author Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game, Shadow of the Hedgemon) discusses writing, the publishing industry, and finding your own motivation.  Read more

Author Q&A: Sarah Domet

Read an exclusive Q&A with 90 Days to Your Novel author Sarah Domet
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Interviewing Techniques for Researching Your Novel

Great interviewing techniques for researching your novel.  Read more

Writing the Paranormal Novel

Techniques and exercises for weaving supernatural elements into your story.
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