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The 3 Skills Every Successful Freelance Writer Must Have

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 from I’m an English Major–Now What? can help. Whether you are writing, editing, or both, being a freelancer is a challenging enterprise....

fiction writing | getting published

The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction

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 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction Utility (writing about things that people will use in their lives) Information (facts people must have to...

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 is by becoming an object of interest, which means the ability to draw people to you by dent of your expertise or...

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 non-profit organizations. He is the author of 17 books including Writing Your Way: Creating a Writing Process That Works for You. Here...

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 your next writing project.   A Day in the Life of a Writer by Jack Heffron This excerpt, which is essentially one...

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 lyrics requires practice and discipline. Songwriting Without Boundaries will help you commit to routine practice through fun writing exercises. This unique collection...

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! Learn how to attack wrong-word problems in your writing. Online Exclusive Download 3 free bookmarks with 10 nouns, adjectives, and verbs everyone...

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 an Excerpt Poor dialogue is something you must not have in your submission package. In this excerpt, author Jeff Gerke helps...

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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 asking the right questions. Are you searching for meaning? Or maybe you just want to really get to know someone. This book...

Story Map Worksheet

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

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.

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.