Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
I realized I wasn’t taking my writing like a job. When I finally turned that corner, my career took a big leap. Here's how you can do the same.
I had written three books by the time I entered a TV writers’ room. I thought of myself as a seasoned writer who was, essentially, starting over. It was a new medium with new rules and I was ready to start at the basics. Turns out the basics aren’t that hard. I easily got a hang...
I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Now I write mystery novels about a fictional journalist. My old friends from the newsroom say to me: “Wow, you’ve got it easy these days. All you have to do at your job is make stuff up." Well, yes and no. Here are some things I’ve...
Once you have built real people, that’s the time to put them into a historical context. Here's how to do both.
Here's what every memoirist might expect upon the launch of his or her book, courtesy of some (unintentionally) comedic moments.
Whether you're writing your first novel or are struggling with completing a second one (or more), sometimes you need some help focusing and figuring out how to reach your goal. Use these 9 tricks to help you go from first sentence all the way to completed novel.
Writing conferences offer valuable chances to meet face-to-face with agents—but in the heat of the moment, nerves can get the best of even the most confident writers. Here are 5 steps to coming out on top.
Some mornings I start my writing day off with a walk outside. Other days I start it off with caffeine. Today, I started it off with donuts. (Don't judge me!) I asked the Writer's Digest staff what they do to get ready to write. Here's our list (in no particular order) ...
Every single manuscript evaluated for acquisition has to pass a single litmus test: Does the story have a takeaway? Here's what you need to know and apply to your memoir.
Here are some ways to infuse your manuscript with meaningful and unexpected details that keep the reader turning pages.
Knowing what’s already on bookshelves may just be the single most effective (and most overlooked) way to convince an agent where your idea fits in. Here’s how your Competitive Analysis can be your secret weapon.
In response to the most common challenges we writers face,here are a couple of techniques to help you can use to stay the course and keep writing.
The 2015 Writer's Digest Conference (July 31 - Aug 2, 2015) is almost here. Here are four reasons you should attend this year's event.
Every person has a unique life path and therefore an interesting tale to share, and yet so many of us struggle with whether or not we have the right to tell our stories. We are silenced by the fear upsetting others, especially our family, in writing our truth. This guest post is by Hollye...
Here's the difference between lay vs. lie, along with "lay lie" examples and a simple chart that breaks it all down and will make it easier for you to know when to use each.
I hadn’t read a children’s novel in an embarrassingly long time when I landed my first deal to write exactly that. Naturally, I went into it with all kinds of notions as to what writing for children entailed. Things like: don’t be too scary, use simpler language, write about whatever it is kids like...
Video book trailers are fast becoming an effective tool for book promotion. Try these approaches for creating and distributing one of your own.
Think there’s nothing you can do to help your submission’s chances? Think again.
This is for the dreamers, the believers, for those who thrive on the hope of fulfilling the potential we’ve all been blessed with.
Here's how to explore the functions of dialogue and narration in a scene, so that you can find the mix that’s right for your novel.
Research has proven that writing about traumatic events, if done properly, can be beneficial. I spent nearly a decade working on a memoir about my brother’s suicide, our lives, and my grief. Here’s what I learned along the way.
When you're struggling to write, it's important to know you're not alone. Here are 10 common challenges all of us writers have to deal with from time to time.
Many writers, particularly younger ones, struggle to find their voice: the word choice, the cadence, the tone, the very punctuation—the stuff that slyly suggests or that screams that you wrote it. Here's how to find yours and use it to your advantage.
You can write that novel. It is possible to get published. I'm going to help. Here are 12 lessons I learned as I navigated the path to publication.