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How to Write a Mystery, Writing Thrillers

Trying your hand at writing thrillers – the most exciting and suspenseful of all genres? Look no further for guidelines on crafting a compelling plot, creating incredible characters, constructing an airtight mystery, and much more.

Scorned No More!

A short story about a mother”s revenge wins grand prize in the 2003 Writer”s Digest Annual Writing Competition. Read more

8 Basic Writing Blunders

These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.

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Killer Personalities

Craft vicious villains with this psychiatrist’s guide to writing bad guys with real problems. Read more

A Fire Inside

Mary Feuer’s short story follows an obsession that’s dark, detailed and devastating—and worthy of this year’s grand prize. Read more

The Big Grab

Capture your readers’ interest at the very first paragraph. Read more

Dean Koontz on Using Language to Draw the Reader In

Dean Koontz has kept a lot of people turning a lot of pages. How? Most would respond that his plots, characters and storytelling all contribute, and indeed they do. But a fourth element keeps those pages turning, an element all writers can learn from. Koontz explains to interviewer Brad Crawford about the power of language itself. Read more

Three Questions Readers Ask of Manuscripts

Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing, and presenting characters and of handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. Here are some general thoughts all writers can benefit from. Read more

Kid Stuff

Writing a bestselling, Oprah-endorsed novel doesn’t necessarily prepare you for the world of children’s literature, as Jacquelyn Mitchard discovered. Read more

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