Most writers try to avoid flashbacks, but if you just can't resist sending your readers back in time, fiction columnist Nancy Kress has some advice. Kress explains what makes a flashback work, and how to perfect your own time traveling techniques.
Your opening sentence sets the tone for your entrymake it strong and true.
When you're deciding whether or not to use foul language in your writing, ask yourself these three questions.
Clarity, the often unnoticed foundation of your writing, is crucial if you want readers to finish your story. Learn to see what the reader sees.
Looking for ways to streamline the process of interviewing sources? Writers Joe Feiertag and Mary Carmen Cupito offer up some helpful hints.
Take our quiz on journalistic ethics and see if your writing integrity is up to snuff.
Here's the truth about advances, foreign rights and what to expect with the sale your first book.
Copyright laws and fair use still got you confused? We asked WD legal eagle Howard Zaharoff, a lawyer in Waltham, Mass., to explain all those invisible boundaries concerning the fair use of song lyrics and literary works.
To help you understand why your book proposal needs to be so thorough, the editors at Writer''s Digest offer this behind the scenes look at a typical book proposal meeting. This peek behind the publishing curtain will demystify the proposal process so that you can more easily give editors what they need, and significantly...
Should My Query Offer a Web Element?
Two members weigh in on what's happening in the world of self-published magazines.
Learn the basics of what you need to know before you mail your submission.
Promote your work by voicing your way to the top of the radio airwaves.
Lining up article sourcesespecially when you're tight on timedoesn't have to be a harrowing task. Here's a five-step plan to find the right quote when you need it.
You don't have to be female or have drawers full of published clips to break into major women's markets.
These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.
by Jerry B. Jenkins
If your fiction seems to lack punch, perhaps the problem is not with your plot, but rather with your descriptions. Here are three tips taken from Monica Wood''s book Description to help you inject more life into your stories.
The Importance Of Diction
Use this planner to help build an intense plot to your story.
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...
When even C-list celebrities won't talk, it's time to resort to Plan B.
If it feels like you're writing in murky waters these days, well, you are. Lying, plagiarism and other misdeeds have always been part of publishing, but in the digital age it's more prevalentand more easily caughtthan ever.
All paper is not created equal. Yes, you could write in 39 ? school notebooks, but your journal should be recorded on a medium that will endure.
Omniscient point of view can lend richness and flexibility to your storybut only if you use it with a disciplined and purposeful hand.
Do you still have first-time rights to your work if it's been printed in blogs, e-zines or tiny defunct journals? Well, the rules aren't so black and white any more.