"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.
by James V. Smith Jr, author of Fiction Writer's Brainstormer
"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."
Sometimes, a source's exact words say everything that needs to be said. But not always.
Commercial publishers, subsidy publishers, vanity presses, self-publishing, PODwhat's the difference?
On paper, they were perfect for each otherso why couldn't this agent immediately recognize our writer's genius?
The winner of the 1999 Writer's Digest National Self-Published Book Awards talks about the journey that led him to publishing success.
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.
When you're deciding whether or not to use foul language in your writing, ask yourself these three questions.
Looking for ways to streamline the process of interviewing sources? Writers Joe Feiertag and Mary Carmen Cupito offer up some helpful hints.
Here are 10 steps to pay attention to when sending your writing into a competition.
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.
A little R with a circle around itand a world of questions attached: Here's what you need to know about using brand names in your stories.
Contest Dos and Don'ts
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
"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...
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.
Tips for Investigating Agents
A Sample E-Query
Here are some expert book query tips you can use to get your manuscript a greenlight by an agent or editor.
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.
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.
Clothing and Fashion of the 1800s
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.
Sources often want to see a writer's work. Perish the thought, most editors will tell you. This writer respectfully disagrees.