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5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

When to Use Swear Words in your Writing

When you’re deciding whether or not to use foul language in your writing, ask yourself these three questions. Read more

Your Writing Plan

Looking for ways to streamline the process of interviewing sources? Writers Joe Feiertag and Mary Carmen Cupito offer up some helpful hints. Read more

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.” Read more

Quota on Quotes?

Sometimes, a source’s exact words say everything that needs to be said. But not always. Read more

Self-Publishing Definitions

Commercial publishers, subsidy publishers, vanity presses, self-publishing, POD—what’s the difference? Read more

The Big Brush-off

On paper, they were perfect for each other—so why couldn’t this agent immediately recognize our writer’s genius? Read more

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. Read more

Promote Your Book With Your Own Web Site

Whether your first or 10th book is about to hit store shelves, a Web site is the key to promoting your latest work. Here’s what you need. Read more

3 Tips for Turning Rejection into Acceptance

Most of the experts will tell you that if a magazine editor rejects your idea, send it on to the next prospect on your list. This freelancer says you shouldn’t give up too quickly on No. 1. Read more

Before You Close That Envelope

Here are 10 steps to pay attention to when sending your writing into a competition. Read more

The Evolution of Self-Publishing

As technology improves, so do your publishing options. Here’s a guide to what’s new, what’s available and why it’s easier than ever to publish yourself. Read more

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. Read more

18 Contest Dos and Don’ts for Writers

Contest Dos and Don’ts Read more

21 Tips to Get Out of the Slush Pile

Here is the essential checklist of tweaks to consider when reviving a rejected story (or while writing or editing your first draft).

by James Plath
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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 The Writer’s Digest School. Read more

Clothing and Fashion of the 1800s

Clothing and Fashion of the 1800s Read more

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. Read more

Tips for Investigating Agents

Tips for Investigating Agents Read more

A Sample E-Query

A Sample E-Query Read more

Secrets to a Great Book Query Letter

Here are some expert book query tips you can use to get your manuscript a greenlight by an agent or editor. Read more

Small-Press Markets

No agent? No problem. These publishers want to read your work. Check out www.writersdigest.com for more detailed listings including tips straight from the publishers” mouths. Special thanks to Lauren Mosko, editor of 2007 Novel & Short Story Writer”s Market, for help with compiling this list. Read more

Write a Memoir to Remember!

An interesting life and excellent writing are key to a compelling memoir. Learn the elements that will help make your story stand out from the rest of the pack. Read more

The Importance Of Diction

The Importance Of Diction Read more

Tips for Finding Your Own Writing Style

David Fryxell discusses the difficult task of trying to find your own natural writing style, one that will help subtly distinguish your work from that of your peers. Style, according to Fryxell, is the product of a writer’s tone and voice and cannot be successfully forced or plagiarized from another. Here are a few of his tips for helping you find your own style through tone and voice. Read more

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