How to Break the Rules of Writing

Here at Writer’s Digest (and despite the There Are No Rules moniker of this blog), we talk a lot about doing things by the book—from understanding grammatical and structural writing rules, to following submission guidelines, to otherwise conducting yourself like a pro. And that’s why we had so much fun putting together the latest...

How to Become a Better Writer

We’re always excited when a new issue of Writer’s Digest hits newsstands—especially when it’s delivering something our readers have specifically been asking for. So we’re especially jazzed about this week’s release of our March/April issue and its theme, “Make Your Writing Stand Out.” Whenever we poll the writing community, time and again we find...

Crafting Novels & Short Stories

Crafting Novels & Short Stories by The Editors of Writer’s Digest Books Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-571-2 ISBN-10: 1-59963-571-2 $19.99 paperback, 368 pages Buy the Book at WritersDigestShop.com! Online Exclusive Download interviews with fiction masters like Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, and more. About the Book Learn how to create...

The 5 Essential Story Ingredients & More

You wouldn't expect a taco salad to taste good without all the proper ingredients, would you? The same can be said about a story. Without the right blend of plot, characters, emotional drive and more, your story will fall flatter than a popped birthday balloon (which, according to my eldest daughter, is one of...

Jump-Start Your Brain

Author Steven James provides several options for breathing new life into stale and predictable writing. Here are his tips for jump-starting your sagging creativity.

Put Punch On The Page

Learn how to turn a personal story, joke or unique anecdote into a page-turning success. Author Steven James guides you through six easy steps guaranteed to keep your story powerful.

1999 Writer’s Digest Article Index

This index groups by topic all articles published by Writer''s Digest in 1999. Titles are listed in quotes; when necessary, descriptions of articles follow. Because of space limitations, some titles have been shortened and abbreviations used for these columns: Business of Writing, by Jeffery D. Zbar (BW); Chronicle (C); Fiction, by Nancy Kress (F);...

2000 Writer’s Digest Article Index

This index groups by topic all feature articles and columns published by Writer''s Digest in 2000. The issue and page number where the article appears are shown. Abbreviations are used for these columns: Business of Writing by Jeffery D. Zbar (BW); ePublishing by Amy Gahran or Steve Outing (eP); Fiction by Nancy Kress (F);...

2001 Writer’s Digest Article Index

This index groups by topic all feature articles and columns published by Writer''s Digest in 2001. Abbreviations for columns: Ask the Lawyer (AL); Business of Writing (B); ePublishing (eP); Fiction (F); First Success (FS); Freelance Success (FL); Literary Trails (LT); Markets (M); Nonfiction (NF); Personal Essays (PE); Scripts (S); Trademarks (TR); Writing Careers (C);...

2002 Writer’s Digest Article Index

This index groups by topic all feature articles and columns published by Writer''s Digest in 2002. The issue and page number where the article appears are shown. Abbreviations for columns: Ask the Editor (AE); Ask the Lawyer (AL); Business (B); Careers (C); ePublishing (EP); Fiction (F); First Success (FS); Freelance Success (FL); Literary Trails...

2003 Writer’s Digest Article Inde

This index groups by topic all feature articles and columns published by Writer''s Digest in 2003. Abbreviations for columns: Ask the Editor (AE); Ask the Lawyer (AL); Business (B); Chronicle (C); Fiction (F); First Success (FS); Freelance Success (FL); InkWell (IW); Marketing (MK); Market Spotlight (MS); Market Spotlight Interview (MSI); Nonfiction (NF); Nuts...