How to Improve Writing Skills

You have the drive, you have the passion, and you’re more than willing to put in the time it takes to finish a manuscript. But you also want to make sure your work is clean, compelling, and perfectly structured. Help for doing just that can be found right here.

Spotlight on Backspace

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in this expanded Q&A with the founders of Backspace.

Spotlight on Authonomy

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in this expanded Q&A with the founders of Authonomy.

Spotlight on Writing.com

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in this expanded Q&A with the founders of Writing.com.

Spotlight on NaNoWriMo.org

Learn the best ways to get connected, hone your skills and build your career on the Web in this expanded Q&A with the founder of NaNoWriMo.org.

Draw Characters From The Strongest Sources

Every drama requires a cast. The cast may be so huge or it may be an intimate cast of two. Where do you get these people, and how do you know they’ll make good characters? Here are the four key sources you'll need to create great characters.

by Nancy Kress

How to Weave in Backstory to Reveal Character

Creating characters’ backstories before you start writing is crucial because you’ll want to determine each one’s past experiences and the repercussions these experiences will have on your story before you begin. Here's a close look at the different ways you can introduce backstory.

by Rachel Ballon

Celebrating 90 Years of WD:
Cult Classics

In 2010, Writer’s Digest will turn 90. To celebrate, we’ll be counting down to our nonagenarian years with a look back at WD history. In the September issue, we took a nostalgic look at how writers known for their cult followings have been reflected in our pages since 1920. The retrospective continues here.

Quick Tips for Building a Bio

Of all the materials you’ll utilize in becoming known, your short bio is the one you’ll use and update the most. By highlighting your credibility in your field and showcasing you as the experienced professional that you are, it succinctly tells people what you know and why they should listen to you.

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Writing Advice from Stephen King & Jerry Jenkins

One is arguably the best-known writer of our time. The other made his name writing the end of the world as we know it in the left behind series. If this unique pairing seems unlikely, look closer. A conversation with the two yields both parallels and polarity—and candid insights as well as mutual respect.

Celebrating 90 Years of WD: American History

In 2010, Writer’s Digest will turn 90. To celebrate, we’ll be counting down to our nonagenarian years with a look back at WD history. In the July/August issue, we took a nostalgic look at how American History has been reflected in our pages since 1920. The retrospective continues here.