When it came time to launch my own book, The Listeners, I had a pretty good working knowledge of what had to be done, certainly more so than most first-time authors. But just as being an editor has informed the publishing experience, so is the publishing experience informing my role as...
Get an easy-to-understand breakdown of the difference between literally and figuratively, and why their definitions may be evolving.
A friend alerted me to an interesting infographic posted on Goodreads. The subject: Why readers abandon a book they've started. Among the reasons ...
How would you finish this sentence?
Try all you want to make the words unrecognizable—misspell them, cut them in half, throw in a fistful of apostrophes, sound out every groan the character makes—but the truth is, they are still words you’re dealing with. Here's how successfully write characters who have dialects.
Do interesting characters run through your thoughts that you want to know better? Are there places in your head you would like to explore? Have events happened in your life that you want to share? When events occur, do you ask yourself, what if it happened this way instead? Do you...
Over the next few weeks many of the presenters of the upcoming Writer's Digest West Conference (Sept. 27-29 in L.A.) will be dishing out pre-conference writing and publishing tips. Here's our first installment thanks to Eva Shaw who will be teaching the workshop "Write Your Novel in 20 Minutes."
Grammarians will often tell you not to split infinitives, but you see writers do it all the time. Is it against the grammar rules or are the grammar teachers off base? Here's the answer.
Learning how Russian novelist Nabokov thought might improve the way you write. Practice thinking in images to uncover the hidden details in your story.
Personal writing might sometimes feel too private to publish—but documenting your low points can rocket your byline to the top.
Learn the copyright rules you need to know to protect your idea from copyright infringement.
Avoid these 8 freelancing gaffes that even the sharpest pros make.
There are thousands of online writing opportunities for freelancers, many of which pay well. Follow these best practices, and soon you’ll be turning pixels into paychecks.
Throughout the year we bundle together several writing resources that focus on something specific—something that could really, really help you forward your writing career. Oh, and we offer the bundle up for a ridiculously discounted price. There is one catch, though: There's only 100 bundles available, and once they're gone, they're...
Here are the principles of story structure that you need to apply to your writing in order to get the ending of your fiction right.
Knowing character archetypes and their traits is key to decoding what motivates your characters—and bringing them to life for readers. Here are some of the main archetypes.
To craft fascinating characters, you have to know them inside and out, and know them so deeply that you know what motivates them—what causes them to act. Here’s how to do just that.
Thanks to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, who commented, tweeted and participated in my June contest. Hope you enjoyed the articles about my path to writing and publishing. I also hope they help you on your path to writing and publishing your book. (I plan to write more over the coming...
Writers are constantly asking themselves the same question: How can we make money self-publishing on digital platforms? Here’s the latest on the e-book marketplace.
With no algorithm or grasp of what an algorithm is, Peter Mehlman has produced a slew of oppressively precise statistics here based on nothing. Despite his mastery over a calculator being limited to subtraction, his statistics should compare favorably to the exactitude of say, the Nielsen ratings, so here it goes...
The question many writers often face when asking themselves about their writing is: Is it a hobby or job? Let's explore and see if we can put an end to the debate.
Forty years as a copywriter has taught Pat Fagan that copywriting is part trench work, part cliff diving, part Hemingway, a little Lewis and Clark, and all about telling the truth. During his career, he learned a lot from working with the industry’s most talented giants. Here are their best tips.
Suspense happens when a scene becomes charged with anticipation. It’s the possibility of what might happen that keeps the reader on the edge of her chair. Here's how to add suspense to everyday scenes that appear in your novel.
Subplots and subtext are two different sub sandwiches on the story menu, and as the chef, you need to grill them up strategically.
Here’s the funny thing about writing: Where we start is almost never where we end up.