October 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting October 2nd
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
How to Write a Romance Novel, Romance Writing
If you’re trying your hand at romance writing, one of the most popular fiction genres, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find information on developing a dynamic, engaging heroine, her perfect lover, and the conflict that separates them.
Learn how adjective and adverbs create redundancy and promote lazy writing and see how you can make your writing direct, vivid, and descriptive without making your readers want to get rid of your book.
by William Noble
NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.
by Chris Baty Read more
How many times have you heard this around the workshop table: “Why don’t you consider a new point of view?” (Actually, the term used more often is “POV” because it sounds a lot cooler, I suspect.) Everyone then agrees that a new POV might help matters, including the writer, who knew something was wrong and is now relieved to have a likely suspect.
by Steve Almond Read more
Read "Principles of Building of a Story" from From First Draft to Finished Novel. Read more
With Jessica Page Morrell’s Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, you’ll be able to tap into your story’s dark side by creating realistic and memorable anti-heroes, villains, antagonists, and difficult protagonists. Read more
Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more
Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.
By Scott Hoffman
Now that the erotica trend is climaxing, writers—and readers—are wondering what constitutes erotica and what that label really means. Read more
Examine Marshall’s steps to guide you through the novel-writing process. Read more
When the words aren’t coming, explore your other passions to replenish those creative juices. Read more
Your best writing comes straight from the heart, filled with truth, imagination and passion. Write Your Heart Out helps you better capture these qualities and use writing as an ongoing means of self-discovery and self-expression. Click below for suggestions about joining or starting a writer’s response group to receive valuable feedback and perspective on your writing Read more
Melissa Bank, bestselling author of The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, has been called a chick-lit pioneer, but she has something to say about being labeled. Read more
“Write as you speak,” says Maeve Binchy, author of Tara Road (Delacorte) Read more
Beloved chick-lit author Marian Keyes believes there’s no shame in a happy ending. As someone who’s seen her share of the dark side, she’s earned a happy ending of her own. Read more
You Can Write a Romance combines the skills of award-winning author Rita Clay Estrada and renowned instructor Rita Gallagher, the esteemed “First Ladies” of the Romance Writers of America. Together, they”ll show you how to take your story from idea to completed manuscript to signed book deal — even if you”ve never tried to write a novel before. Read more
“I can’t explain it, but I know if a scene is right or wrong. I know it. It’s a visual thing—it’s how the words look on the page, it’s how the sentences sound. Read more
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld