October 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting September 18th
- Breaking into Copywriting
- Fundamentals of Fiction Writing
- Essentials of Business Writing
- Advanced Poetry Writing
- Writing Personal Essays 101
- Query Letter in 14 Days
- Freelance Writing for Stay-at-Home Moms (and Dads)
Workshops Starting September 25th
- NEW CLASS: How to Create, Market, & Sell Your eBook
- Blogging 101
- Form and Composition
- The Art of Storytelling 101
- Fundamentals of Writing for Children 101: Picture Books
- Writing the Memoir 101
- Build Your Novel Scene by Scene
- Essentials of Technical Writing
- Fitting Writing into Your Life
- Writing the Young Adult Novel
- Essentials of Romance Writing
- Breaking into Copywriting
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Tip of the Day, Creative Writing Tips
Our creative writing tips are short, helpful tidbits of information that you can apply to your writing right away. Use our Tip of the Day for easy-to-apply advice that you can use to improve your writing or help you get published.
It’s fairly simple–in order to write a novel or story, you must have a solid idea first. Most writers struggle at one time or another coming up with the right story idea. … Read more
Before you start writing your next story, consider reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. In the following excerpt, you’ll discover the elements of storytelling and how to achieve success in writing! Get … Read more
Learn what a memoir is and how to create memories with today’s tip of the day taken from Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach, with Kristen Keckler. What is a memoir? Memoir … Read more
Learn what it takes to achieve success in children’s book publishing as well as essential information about the publishing industry from You Can Write Children’s Books by Tracey E. Dils. Read on … Read more
Today’s Tip of the Day comes from Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino and the WD Editors. The following excerpt teaches you how to submit short stories and gives tips … Read more
It’s essential these days for authors to have a clear understanding of writing platforms. Learn what an author’s platform is and ways to build a writing platform from today’s tip of the … Read more
Want to learn the difference between a paranormal novel and a story with a supernatural element? Today’s tip of the day from Writing the Paranormal Novel answers this question and others you … Read more
One key element in writing fiction is creating characters with which readers can identify. Today’s tip of the day is taken from Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke. The excerpt below, from … Read more
Learn how to write comedy with the book, Comedy Writing Secrets. Authors Mel Helitzer and Mark Shatz discuss comedy writing tips, the basic formulas of humor writing, and why it’s important to … Read more
Today’s tip of the day comes from Write Great Fiction: Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell, in which he discusses the importance of setting and description, and explains how including sensory … Read more
Today’s tip was taken from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes. Learn how to make your fiction book or novel stand out from the others. Since the world of publishing is so … Read more
No matter if you are an aspiring writer or a published author, it’s essential these days to have a writer platform. Learn what an author’s platform is, why an audience of readers … Read more
Writers everywhere have or will lack writing inspiration. Whether you need help to overcome writer’s block, or are simply looking for inspiration for writing, read our today’s tip, taken from Write Great … Read more
Whether you are seeking inspiration for writing or want to know how to get motivation to write, today’s tip, provided by The Productive Writer, will give you effective writing techniques to be … Read more
In the “About the Author” section of your proposal, you want to explain why you are the perfect person to write this book. Or because there might be (probably will be) more … Read more
Here are just three of the many ways to open your nonfiction article or book for a juvenile audience: Anecdotal The evening is silent except for the rhythm of the cricket’s song. … Read more
from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from The Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: If you quit, then you’re rejecting yourself. I’ve seen many people … Read more
from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from the Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: Many writers feel frustrated. And desperate. They look at other writers … Read more
from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from the Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: A Web presence is a must for a writer. Yet too … Read more
from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from The Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: Some people almost seem apologetic when they say they’re writers. Especially … Read more
from 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, from The Writer’s Digest Writing Kit Why this is a mistake: Writers tend to think that promotion and marketing is the job … Read more
I’m writing a novel about two central characters. How do I decide which to use as my viewpoint character?
from The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman If you’re using third-person point of view, you can include the viewpoints of both. When both of your central characters become viewpoint … Read more
Many beginning writers know a novel is a work of imagination, but seem unaware that the factual material in a novel must be as accurate as that in a nonfiction work. The … Read more
An editor said my exposition in the first chapter is too long. Can you tell me how much exposition I should have?
from The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman You’ve heard the old writing directive Show, don’t tell; think of exposition as the telling part of writing—the scene-setting explanation that provides … Read more
I’ve heard editors say how important it is for a character to be well rounded. What makes a character well rounded?
from The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman Well-rounded characters are distinctly individual; you come to understand their motivations, flaws, emotional traits, and other distinctive qualities. These can be related … Read more