Here’s how winning a single major writing competition made the difference and helped me (and can help you) get published.
Writing sports-themed action scenes provides an opportunity for an author to engage the passions of three different readers: enthusiasts, well versed in the particular sport featured; others unfamiliar with the specifics of this sport, yet athletes nevertheless; and non-athletes not involved with sports in anyway.
Writing is about getting down to it, about finding your way into the moment and sustaining the energy for as long as you can effectively. But the REAL writing is during revision.
Dispensing writing tips is risky business. I do it for a living, and I’ve developed a sort of virtual crash helmet to handle incoming flack. While some things about writing are universally true – in the same way that gravity is there even if you don’t believe in gravity – others...
If you’re at an early stage, each piece of research in that fat file calls out to you: “I’m so interesting. I just have to get into your book.” Here's how to include the right information to make your book better.
Here are three ways to avoid dumbing down our stories, our messages, our language when writing for middle grade audiences.
Regardless of your type of residency, it is important to use your time wisely. Here are 9 things to keep in mind.
After researching and writing my novel Orphan #8—which was published by William Morrow in 2015 and is the August Target Club Pick and an Indie Next Great Read—I put together this list of eight rules for historical fiction research. For each I’ll give you an example of how I applied that...
Unwritten Rules of Engagement shape every author’s body of work, and are in large measure responsible for defining and attracting the audience he or she has. Here are 4 of mine. What are yours?
Here are 9 things you can reasonably do to write your novel without quitting your day job.
If you want comfort in the form of a classic scare but don’t want to read or re-read the usual suspects, here are five exquisite reads perfect for pumpkin-sipping page turning.
Sometimes one has to step out of their writer’s ten-by-twelve square bubble to find life’s answers.
Here are 7 important elements that you need to address (and fix) in your novel before sending out to literary agents and publishers.
Here's a list of common publishing lingo that you should know before sending your query off to agents. (And if you don't know what a query is, this list will definitely help you.)
I realized I wasn’t taking my writing like a job. When I finally turned that corner, my career took a big leap. Here's how you can do the same.
Here are a list of 10 ingredients necessary to pull off a spectacular book launch party.
I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Now I write mystery novels about a fictional journalist. My old friends from the newsroom say to me: “Wow, you’ve got it easy these days. All you have to do at your job is make stuff up." Well, yes and no. Here are...
Once you have built real people, that’s the time to put them into a historical context. Here's how to do both.
Here's what every memoirist might expect upon the launch of his or her book, courtesy of some (unintentionally) comedic moments.
In honor of the passing of crime writing legend Ann Rule (you can read all about her life here), we're re-sharing this piece—written by former WD managing editor Zachary Petit—that's full of tips and advice delivered by Rule.
Every single manuscript evaluated for acquisition has to pass a single litmus test: Does the story have a takeaway? Here's what you need to know and apply to your memoir.
Here are some ways to infuse your manuscript with meaningful and unexpected details that keep the reader turning pages.
In response to the most common challenges we writers face,here are a couple of techniques to help you can use to stay the course and keep writing.
Every person has a unique life path and therefore an interesting tale to share, and yet so many of us struggle with whether or not we have the right to tell our stories. We are silenced by the fear upsetting others, especially our family, in writing our truth. This guest post...
I hadn’t read a children’s novel in an embarrassingly long time when I landed my first deal to write exactly that. Naturally, I went into it with all kinds of notions as to what writing for children entailed. Things like: don’t be too scary, use simpler language, write about whatever it...