Tag Archives: Brian Klems

How to Destroy Your Initial Idea (& Make Your Story Better)

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Pablo Picasso said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” I wasn’t there when he said it, and I have no idea what he meant. He may have been in a bad mood. But I’ve always thought the statement sounded pretty cool. It makes the creative artist seem powerful and iconoclastic, smashing with the hammer of artistic vision the statues of conformity. As writers, we do have that power, if we’re willing to use it. Read more

3 Things Your Novel’s Narrator Needs to Accomplish

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BY JOHN MAUK While the list of persuasive elements is long, here are three small but crucial moves, things that narrators do when they most successfully convince us. Read more

EXTENDED DEADLINE: WriteGirl Get Inspired Fundraiser – How You Can Help Support This Great Cause

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If you’re a writer and looking to support a good cause that’s focused on giving others (namely teens) the opportunity to learn and become better writers, you’ll want to check out WriteGirl’s Get Inspired Fundraiser. Here are more details. Read more

Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less – Sept. 11 Webinar with Jane Friedman

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In this live two-hour intensive webinar — titled “Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less” — you’ll learn the simplest, most robust, and FREE tools to get a site up and running in a day or less—often in one evening! You don’t have to know any code, understand any technical jargon, or have previous experience with websites or blogs. You also don’t need to own your own domain or have hosting, although advice will be given on those issues. Click for more details and to register. Read more

Must You Have a Room of Your Own to Write

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I have long puzzled about the most effective place to write. If you too are in a quandary, or lament you have no writing spot to call your own, maybe this piece will help you enlarge your perceptions about your own physical and mental writing places, spaces, and times. Read more

Thinking about self-publishing? Want to be a better, savvier writer? Check out the latest from Writer’s Digest!

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Are you interested in self-publishing, but are looking for a service that offers a bit of education in addition to cover design and text layout? If so, consider giving Blue Ash Publishing a look. Read more

10 Books That Have Never Left You – What Are Your 10?

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Recently a friend challenged me to, without thinking too hard, make a list of 10 books that have stayed with me in some way after reading them. Here’s my list. What’s on yours? Read more

Are Subjects Joined by And Singular or Plural?

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Q: I’m writing a letter and am uncertain which sentence is correct: Your passion and commitment to my company HAVE inspired many, or, Your passion and commitment to my company HAS inspired … Read more

What if Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling and Mary Shelley Were Rejected by Agents?

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As writers who receive piles of rejection letters, it only seems fair that, from time to time, we be given an opportunity to return the favor. There are many books I’d love to reject (here’s my #1 choice), if only for the satisfaction of releasing some pent up frustration and envy. Or, perhaps, just to be funny. Thanks to a few witty writers, we have some fake rejection letters that are pretty hilarious. (Plus, your chance to write a rejection.) Read more

Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction – AUG 14 Webinar With Jennifer Laughran

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In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction” — instructor and literary agent Jennifer Laughran will talk about what’s happening in the exciting Middle Grade market, as well as examine some recently published titles to see what they got right. She’ll also talk revision tips and tricks to help you take your work-in-progress to the next level — she’ll also critique either your query letter or the first 500 pages of your MG novel. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 14, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes. Read more

How to Harness Creativity to Empower Your Writing

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Learn how to tap into raw emotions and real experiences to bring strength and creativity to everything you write. Read more

The Key Differences Between Middle Grade vs Young Adult

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Miss your mark with your target audience and you won’t be graduating to the pros. Here’s how to ace the key differences between MG and YA. Read more

How to Sell Your Picture Book

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Break into this competitive and growing market with the help of writing tips and inside observations from a leading literary agent. Read more

Advice for Writers: 3 Keys to Connecting With Young Readers Online

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Here are three guiding stars to navigate the ever-changing Web. Read more

4 Things You Should Know About Writing a Cozy Mystery Novel

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BY ZAC BISSONNETTE Tales spun with lots of suspense—but no sex or violence—are finding a wide audience of armchair detectives. If you’re considering venturing into cozy-mystery writing, here are four things you should know Read more

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

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Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love outlines, or they hate them. We either find them liberating, or we can’t stand how confining they are. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of the outlining process, beginning with the shaping of your premise and working all the way through to a complete list of scenes. Read more

The Top 10 Publishing Insiders (& Outsiders) to Follow Online

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We’ve compiled a list of 10 people who are “must-follows” when it comes to getting the inside track on publishing news. We also have a bonus list at the bottom of all the Writer’s Digest editors who are online and constantly sharing great tips, advice and news on writing. If you’re looking for the best people to follow online, these lists are an excellent starting point. Read more

What Writers Need to Know about the E-book Market

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When it comes to a changing marketplace, knowledge is power. Here’s a look at how digital books are changing publishing as we know it—and what that means for you, your writing career, and the future of your work. Read more

How to Finish That Novel

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At one time or another, all writers would probably describe themselves as “frustrated” by the writing process. With writer’s block, computer malfunctions, Twitter, kids, and Tetris all clamoring for our attention, it’s hard to pen a short story, let alone a novel. But if you’re serious about writing you’ll make it work. Here are some tips on finishing that novel. Read more

5 Things Writers Should Ask Potential Agents

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Here’s a list of the five most crucial questions you should ask any agent before agreeing to join her client list. Read more

9 Ways to Crack Into Major Markets With Personal Essays

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Follow these 9 simple steps for writing what you already know, and you could get your big break—and a paycheck to match—faster than you might think. Read more

How to Be a Writer Literary Agents Want

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All agents, admittedly or not, have a wish list—markers that help us determine which writers are primed for our representation. With hundreds of projects flooding our inboxes daily, writers who follow these simple guidelines can catch the eye of an agent and rise like a lotus blossom out of the slush pile. Here’s how to do it. Read more

Will Publishers Buy a 200,000-Word Novel?

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You put all your effort in to writing a book and, when finished, it comes out a little longer than most writing guidebooks suggest. Can you still sell that lengthy novel? Here’s the answer. Read more

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Gathering Testimonials/Book Blurbs

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Testimonies are a long-established method of spreading the word about our good words. Today more than ever, testimonies are a necessity for your “platform”—incorporation on the front and back covers of your book, in the first pages, and, of course, on your website. Gathering effective testimonies depends on several things. Here are six aspects to keep in mind. Read more

The Passing of Author Jay Lake

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Award-winning author and friend of Writer’s Digest Jay Lake passed away after a long battle with cancer. Our very own WD Books Editor James Duncan pays tribute to Lake and his legacy here. Read more

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