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The Best New Advice for Getting Published

You can always tell when it’s officially springtime here at the WD offices. Everyone is smiling because of the sunshine. Everyone is sneezing because of the pollen. And everyone is buzzing about the release of our most popular annual list: The 101 Best Websites for Writers. (There are also some unruly...

Things to Write About: Great Places to Find Ideas

Look around and you’ll find there’s no shortage of interesting things to write about—whether you’re in search of blog topics or creative story ideas. But in spite of that, I found myself sucked in to the advance copy of a book I recently happened upon in my inbox: 642 Things to...

How to Get a Short Story Published Like a Pro

As a writer you probably hear a lot of advice about how to get your novel published, how to write a perfect query letter, how to get an agent or editor’s attention and so forth. But what if you want to know how to get a short story published? How is...

What You Should Know About the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The very narrow annual submission window is now open for the much-buzzed-about Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (learn about it here). If you’re an unpublished or self-published first-time novelist, you’re eligible to enter now through February 5 (or until the limit of 5,000 entries have been received) to win the chance to...

Success Breeds Success – Especially When You Have Success Stories

Guest Post by Rob Eagar I’m a big fan of Compassion International (www.compassion.com), a non-profit organization that helps provide food, education, and medical treatment to children who are stuck in poverty around the world. As a supporter of Compassion, I receive their quarterly print newsletter that looks like a first-rate magazine....

Win a copy of James Scott Bell’s Conflict & Suspense!

To celebrate the release of James Scott Bell’s newest writing instruction book and his appearance at the Writer’s Digest Conference, we’re hosting a week-long book giveaway and will be awarding one copy of Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict & Suspense per day for the next five days! To enter, just tweet your...

Defining character archetypes

For a character’s actions to seem believable they must reflect the personality of that character. Character archetypes are a great way to help understand what motivates your heroes and villains – the reasons they do what they do. In the following excerpt from her book 45 Master Characters, archetype expert Victoria...

The Gamechanger

Based on her popular writing reference 45 Master Characters, author and journey and archetype guru Victoria Lynn Schmidt has written a bonus character archetype to accompany the reprinting of her classic reference. This new character archetype covers the traits and motivations of the Gamechanger and the character’s alter ego, the Manipulator....

Writer’s Idea Book

The Writer’s Idea Book, 10th Anniversary Edition How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, & Screenplays by Jack Heffron Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN: 9781599633862 $19.99, paperback, 352 pages buy now Read an excerpt Author Jack Heffron guides you through the process of writing down everything that happens to...

Reject A Hit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Let’s step once again into the role of the unconvinced, perhaps even curmudgeonly or fool-hearted editor: What harsh rejection letters might the authors of some of our favorite hit books have had to endure? This issue's contribution comes from Kristina Wojtaszek, who tackled Eric Carle's children's classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

50 Questions

50 WRITING QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER Ponder these writing questions if you find yourself stuck on a project or are struggling with some aspect of your writing life. Based on the time-tested Writer’s Idea Book by Jack Heffron, these 50 questions may help you find the inspiration you need to get yourself...

Crafting Novels & Short Stories

Crafting Novels & Short Stories by The Editors of Writer’s Digest Books Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-571-2 ISBN-10: 1-59963-571-2 $19.99 paperback, 368 pages Buy the Book at WritersDigestShop.com! Online Exclusive Download interviews with fiction masters like Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, and more. About the Book Learn...

Writer’s Workout Exclusive

Download a free motivational poster to keep you moving as your build your writing career. Read an Excerpt! Learn how to cultivate clarity, inventory ideas, write richly, and serve up words. About the Book Find out more ways to cross train your writing career in The Writer’s Workout by Christina Katz....

Word Savvy Exclusive

Download 3 bookmarks with 10 nouns, adjectives, and verbs that everyone should know. Read an Excerpt! Learn how to attack wrong-word problems in your writing. About the Book Find out more about Word Savvy and how to avoid wrong-word errors. You might also like:No Related Posts

Songwriting Challenge Commentary

Songwriting Without Boundaries by Pat Pattison is destined to become a classic. Filled with more than 150 sense-bound prompts to help you commit to routine practice and improve your craft. The book also features wonderful examples from a stable of working writers. As a bonus feature to the book, the contributors...

Write-A-Thon Poster

Download a 26-day countdown poster with energy boosting ideas to fuel your marathon and track your accomplishments from Day 1 to Day 26. Write-A-Thon Poster 8.5×11 Write-A-Thon Poster 11×17         Need a speaker? Contact Rochelle to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group:...

Write-A-Thon

  Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Life to Tell About it) by Rochelle Melander Writer’s Digest Books, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-391-6 ISBN-10: 1-59963-391-4 $16.99 paperback, 240 pages Buy the book! Read an Excerpt! Find out how to avoid getting overwhelmed in the midst of your writing marathon. Free Webinar:...