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.

Tips for Writing and for Life

In this special expanded edition of MFA Insider, a distinguished writer and longtime professor shares a wealth of advice he’s been compiling for (and from) his students for decades.

by Leslie Epstein

Quality v. Quantity: Do they need each other?

Now that I’m escaping from the vacuum of National Poetry Month and another successful April Poem-A-Day Challenge, I find myself wondering about the relationship of quantity and quality in writing. Is there value in writing every day? Is a writing routine a good or bad thing for poets? Questions such as...


Worried that some of your stories aren't that good and were a waste of your time? Don't be, and here's why.

by John Smolens

How to Enrich Your Descriptions

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, for children or adults, history textbooks or science fiction space operas, you know there’s a difference between correct writing and good writing. By learning and practicing these creative writing techniques, you can elevate your writing to the next level.

by Stephenie Steele and Joe...

From Idea to Page in 4 Simple Steps

Nothing is more exciting than the promise of a story in your head, but in order to get it on the page you need to figure out exactly what you need to do to make it work. Here are 4 steps to help you build the framework of your story.

Learn Secrets to Self-Pub Success

In this extended interview, discover how Daryl Pinksen, the winner of our 17th Annual Self-Published Book Awards, created a great independent offering—and how you can, too. Plus: Read an excerpt from his book, Marlowe’s Ghost.

by Zachary Petit

Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis

Writers often find that the synopsis is the most difficult component of their novel submission package. Here we break it down for you so you can spend less time stressing and more time writing. 

by Chuck Sambuchino and the Editors of Writer’s Digest Books

Your first impression of this machine is that whoever has been working on it has no idea what he’s doing.  Your second impression is he knows exactly what he’s doing -- even if you can’t comprehend it.

by Matthew Wolfe

Build Your Writing Life

In the February issue, WD readers sounded off on their favorite writing rituals, tools and resources. But there’s more where that came from! Read on for more feedback from fellow writers on the things that really get their creativity flowing. How can you use their insights to enhance your own writing...