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The First 5 (Simple) Steps for Growing Readership on Your Blog

One of my posts last month, The Benefits of Blogging, received a number of valuable comments. For anyone wondering about the value of blogging, this is a must-read for the variety of perspectives. The next question that naturally arises—after you decide to blog—is how to gain readership. Before I mention specific tactics, 3 things...

4 Techniques to Fire Up Your Fiction

Here are some exercises to apply to your novel-in-progress. They are designed to dig up what matters in your story and infuse it in your manuscript in effective—but not obvious—ways.

by Donald Maass

15 Worthy Blogs I Just Discovered

I recently received the “One Lovely Blog Award” from Jillian Livingston (go check out isdisnormal—and you must if you are a mom). My thanks to her for introducing me to this concept. As a result of being honored, I’ve been asked to note 15 blogs I recently discovered that I find worthy of the...

The Future Role of Agents

You know how things work today. But what can you expect from literary agents in years to come? Let us give you a glimpse into the future and explain how it will affect you, the writer.

by Jane Friedman

Celebrating 90 Years of WD: Curiosities

In the November/December issue, we took a lighthearted look at some of the curious, quirky or otherwise random content we’ve spotted in the archives. The retrospective continues here.

Just One More Blogging Benefit for Aspiring Writers

As I catch up from being away at the Writer’s Digest Conference (read more than 100 posts with info here!), guest blogger Jane Koenen Bretl is filling in with some more advice on the benefits of blogging! When I started my blog jane, candid in January 2009, it was my starting point to create...

Should You Blog? And If So, What Are Best Practices?

Photo credit: Laughing Squid More writers are blogging than ever. And if you’re not blogging already, you’ve probably considered it. Recently, a writer asked me via Facebook about blogging. She said: [It is] my impression that blogs related to writing are primarily written by people with expertise in their field and who have valuable...

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.

5 Questions for Those Who Don't Have Time to Market/Promote

(Pictured above: Writer’s Digest and HOW editors/designers, promoting “Art of Manliness” project) “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which....

Figuring Out Your Facebook Strategy: 3 Essential Tips

In May 2006, after reading this article in the New Yorker, I joined Facebook, which at that time was primarily used by students. Not being a student, I found very few people to friend, so the account lay dormant for 18 months until Facebook really took off as a direct competitor to MySpace. At...