October 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting October 2nd
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
Check out bonus material from Paula Balzer’s Writing & Selling Your Memoir.
What do writers mean when they say a piece of writing "flows" or "doesn’t flow"? Read more
The Writer’s Compass author Nancy Ellen Dodd talks about writing and the writer’s life in this exclusive Q&A. Read more
Map your story structure with this downloadable Story Map Worksheet based on Nancy Ellen Dodd’s The Writer’s Compass. Read more
Literary agent Paula Balzer discussed finding your voice in this excerpt from her book WRITING & SELLING YOUR MEMOIR. Read more
Check out this helpful story architecture checklist from novelist Larry Brooks.
Novelist Steven Harper (In the Company Mind, Corporate Mentality) discusses what sets writing supernatural fiction apart from other fiction writing. Read more
Novelist Steven Harper discusses what sets writing supernatural fiction apart from other fiction writing. Read more
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
Great interviewing techniques for researching your novel. Read more
Techniques and exercises for weaving supernatural elements into your story.