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...
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success.
How do you stop over-plotting your novel? It isn’t easy, and it isn’t pleasant, but the reward for plot discipline can be a lean, compelling narrative that attracts literary agents. Try these tips.
Writing is a religion unto itself, guided by passionate beliefs (have you ever witnessed a pantsers vs. plotters argument?) and sacred texts (The Elements of Style, On Writing). And like any organized religion, it can be broken down into subgroups. This is the first in a series of freelance writing-related posts from Writer’s Digest...
Events are complex beasts and the devil is in the details, so here are some key pointers to give you the best possible chance for a full house at your book release party.
It was only after contacting agents that I realized that by making my historical novel's lead a high schooler I had created a problem. Here's what I learned.
Small-circulation publications are often overlooked, but they offer big perks to writers who are willing to reach out.
How often do we allow others to get into our heads, and cause us to question our abilities? Here's how to handle that and push forward with your writing.
If you have ever written a high school term essay, you can write your life story. Here are the 10 core legacy themes to help you accomplish it.
Whenever I pitched my book to an agent, I was always quick to point out I’d been a reporter for almost two decades. They’d have to take me somewhat seriously because everyone knows journalists can write. Right? If only that were true.
Take an honest look at the real reasons our stories can stall—and discover 9 simple strategies to help you make it to “The End.”
Here are the good habits you should develop and add in your writing life if you want to find success.
Magazines are always looking for holiday-themed articles. But if you pitch your idea too late, you won't get it published. Here's what you need to know when querying magazine editors your holiday-themed articles.
When discipline and caffeine aren’t enough to fuel you to the finish line, the writing community might just carry you the rest of the way. Before you decide to run a write-a-thon alone, read this.
Writing a novel in 30 days can be quite a challenging task, physically, mentally and emotionally. Go into it prepared with this quick-and-easy guide.
Want to knock out a first draft in 30 days? Here are 30 tips to help you have a successful month of writing and accomplish your goal of writing a book.
Here are a few tips for writing in your second, or third, or fourth language.
Here are three ways to avoid dumbing down our stories, our messages, our language when writing for middle grade audiences.
Regardless of your type of residency, it is important to use your time wisely. Here are 9 things to keep in mind.
Sometimes one has to step out of their writer’s ten-by-twelve square bubble to find life’s answers.
Here are 7 important elements that you need to address (and fix) in your novel before sending out to literary agents and publishers.
Progressive literary agencies are redefining the traditional role of the agent—and finding new ways to support authors in the digital era. Here’s what savvy writers—beginning and experienced alike—should know.
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’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...