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.

Twist Ending Tips From Harlan Coben

Award-winning writing, quick-witted characters and the kind of suspense every reader craves—his books may be classified under mystery or thriller, but Harlan Coben seems to have it all. And he’s willing to share his secrets.

by Jessica Strawser

The Very Beginning: Your Opening Scene

In this excerpt from Chapter 1: The Very Beginning: Your Opening Scene from Nancy Kress’s Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles, & Ends, you’ll learn:
  • why it’s so important to establish your story’s promise
  • how...

Beginnings, Middles, & Ends

Find out more about Elements of Fiction Writing: Beginnings, Middles, & Ends by Nancy Kress.

  • Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs.
  • Make and keep your...

Take Back Your Lunch Hour

In this excerpt from Chapter 4: Writers, Take Back Your Lunch Hour from Áine Greaney’s Writer With a Day Job, you’ll learn:
  • how to make your lunch hour work for you
  • the ...

Writer With a Day Job

In Writer With a Day Job by Áine Greaney

  • Learn how to balance a day job and a writing life
  • Find exercises, inspiration, and techniques you need to build creative...

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10 Ways to Start Your Story Better

A good opening line is a powerful thing: It can grab an editor’s attention, set the tone for the rest of the piece, and make sure readers stay through The End. Here are 10 ways to steer your story toward success.

How to Amp up Dialogue with Emotional Beats

Dialogue benefits from variety. A good way to maintain your reader's interest is to insert a variety of beats into your dialogue. Beats are descriptions of physical action—minor or major—that fall between lines of speech. Try the following techniques to punch up your dialogue.

by Todd A. Stone

Make Money Freelancing – Premium Collection

Another month, another amazing premium collection offer. In both January and February, these limited edition kits sold out before their respective months were half over, and this month’s collection is sure to follow that trend: Make Money Freelancing. In less than 2 days, this kit is already more than a quarter of the way...

Using Adjectives

In this excerpt from chapter two: Modifiers and Other Parts of Speech from The Writer’s Digest Grammar Desk Reference, you’ll learn:
  • How to properly use adjectives.
  • Learn how to avoid...

Write your Essay the Reader-Friendly Way

Rules, as they say, are meant to be broken. But even groundbreakers learn by observing what has worked before. Let’s take a look at some examples that can help you break the rules in a meaningful and effective way.

by Dinty W. Moore

How to Edit Your Dialogue

If dialogue wastes time and stops or delays your novel's progress toward resolving the conflict, it must be cut, pared down or rewritten. Look for these areas in your manuscript, and you'll find places where your dialogue should be revisited.

by Todd A. Stone

Find an Agent and Get Published! – Premium Collection

In January, Writer’s Digest unleashed its Premium Collection kits with the Getting Started in Writing kit, which sold out before the month was half over. This month, half the Find an Agent and Get Published premium kits are already gone, and it’s only been a week. For only $129.00, writers receive a package valued...