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5 Tips for Writing for Children

"Dialogue not only keeps young readers engrossed in the action, but also makes the page appear less formidable by breaking up the text." That's one of the tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write Children's Books. Read more tips here.

Colin Beavan’s Fingerprints

"For me, research was the easy part because you know you're getting results. And so you procrastinate the scary part, which is the actual sitting down and writing the story by convincing yourself that you're being productive by doing more research ... I researched for seven months."

The Road Traveled

The winner of the 1999 Writer's Digest National Self-Published Book Awards talks about the journey that led him to publishing success.

Hitting the Mark

A little R with a circle around it—and a world of questions attached: Here's what you need to know about using brand names in your stories.

Choosing and Using Viewpoint

"Person" in writing refers to how the viewpoint character will tell the story (fiction or nonfiction). Your choice affects not only the reader's experience, but also how you go about telling your tale. Here are some thoughts on the topic of person from the study materials of "Getting Started in Writing," a workshop from...

How to Write Successful Endings

Don't let your fiction get tossed in the wastebasket because the ending "didn't quite work." Follow Nancy Kress' advice for choosing a successful ending based on the style of your work.