Don't let your commute stand in the way of your novel writing--instead, let it be the catalyst for writing your novel. Here's how.
I’ve been eager to share my experiences and lessons learned as a debut novelist-in-progress, which means I (gladly, excitedly!) field a lot of questions from fellow writers and readers alike. And two of the most frequently asked across the board have to do with the same thing: Have you seen your cover yet? (Answer:...
As historical novelists, we write about the mystery and mythology of Attila the Hun, of sixteenth-century Russian nobility, of Hindu temple dancers in the desert of Rajasthan, and about a Franco-American winemaking family at the turn of the twentieth century. What compels us to write these stories? What pitfalls have we sidestepped along the...
There are so many ways to get the word out about your book starting with your own community. Here are a number of strategies for you to use to promote your book.
Nothing (other than fame and glory) makes an author happier than hearing from a reader who couldn’t put down their book. So what makes readers skip going to bed when they should and instead decide, Just one more chapter? My agent, Barbara Poelle, and I decided to sit down and distill (with something distilled)...
As a debut novelist who’s also a full-time nonfiction editor, I’ve tried hard to keep my editor and author hats separate. However, I’ve found that the two roles have intertwined more than I expected, and in ways that are surprisingly beneficial.
How do you entice readers to try out a new world when everyone already loves the old one? Why start from scratch when the recipe works?
If you are looking to begin a freelance career (or build upon the one you've started), listen to our podcast with freelance expert Zachary Petit.
You’d think New Age Fiction would be overflowing with titles. But it’s not. This makes no sense. Here’s why:
From the moment you touch fingers to keyboard or pen to paper, you dream of this moment. Here's what it's like when it finally happens.
How careful are you about getting your medical and psychological facts right?
What really makes an historical novel stand out is drawing on the knowledge you’ve gathered to create a world that is both vivid and believable. Here are seven tips for doing just that.
I’ve been asked how I separate myself from writing such dark themes after living in my villain’s head for months? It’s not easy. But here's how to do it.
If you’re one of those writers who’s been meaning to start a journal for years but doesn’t get inspired by the idea of stream-of-consciousness-ing your thoughts each day, you're in luck—here are five solutions just for you.
Start your revision by addressing these, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.
Big News: Writer's Digest is packing up its writing and publishing knowledge and heading to LA (no, they aren't making a movie about us … yet). Here's the scoop.
Learning how much goes into writing, producing, and launching a self-published book that looks pro and gets attention was an eye-opening experience. Here are the top 7 facts you should know.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you go about the task of "world-editing" in the early stages of an urban fantasy, paranormal, or near-future science fiction story.
As a female writer, it's tough to create powerful male narrators. To do it you have to do a lot of preparation. Here are four methods to help simplify the process for you.
Have you checked out the Writer’s Market podcast yet? It’s a great opportunity for us to deliver you great information to you on many topics that are important to freelancers and writers. (Did I mention that I’m one of the cohosts of this awesome podcast, along with my good friend and Writer’s Market editor...
It took one great professor (and one semi-explicit story) to teach me one of the best lessons I ever learned as a writer. Here's why you shouldn't censor your writing.
Here are the six steps you should consider when selecting the right publicity firm for you.
Having interviewed countless bestsellers during my time here at Writer’s Digest, one thing I’ve learned is this: When a writer’s advice sticks with you in a way that changes your own writing life for the better, you should make a point of following that writer. First, the least you can do is return the...
Being a writer is challenging and competitive, time-consuming and exhausting. The last thing you need is negativity. Here's how to surround yourself by supportive people.
When you are writing a book series and you're ready to query an agent, do you just pitch the first book or do you pitch the whole series? We have the answer here.