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    Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality

    With the Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality review — included in nearly every Abbott Press publishing package — your manuscript will be evaluated by a professional Writer’s Digest editor. Titles deemed to … Read more

    8 Simple Tips to Write Better

    Great writing begins with an appetite for life. Try these 8 approaches to get out of your comfort zone, break rules and reap rewards. Read more

    The Basics of Building a Writer’s Platform

    writing platform | become a writer

    If you want to sell more books or simply get your name out there, a writer’s platform is essential. Chuck Sambuchino, author of Create Your Writer Platform explains what a platform is … Read more

    Improve Your Craft and Get Published

    Since the 1920s, Writer’s Digest has been providing quality resources to writers like you. Today, Writer’s Digest continues to supply top-notch advice to help you refine your writing skills, but we don’t … Read more

    4 Ways to Revise as You Write

    Writers differ in their opinions of the revision process. Some balk at it–they see it as the “no fun” part of writing, and much prefer drafting and creation to fixing and rethinking. … Read more

    How to Write a Romance Novel: The Keys to Conflict

    Conflict is the core of any work of fiction. Here are tips to improve your romance novel’s conflict so it catches the eye of agents. Read more

    Write Fiction that Grabs Readers from Page One

    In your novel, the inciting incident is the first sign of trouble for your protagonist: it’s the catalyst, the chemical reaction, that sets the plot into motion. But the inciting incident isn’t … Read more

    Selling Your Book’s Movie and TV Rights – What You Need to Know

    If you’ve ever wondered how something gets made into a film—and how your work can be tapped for one, too—here’s the inside scoop on options. Read more

    The Ideas that Inspired The Hobbit, Animal Farm & 8 Other Famous Books

    Ideas often percolate and simmer over time, but every once in a while lightning strikes—and a sudden flash of creativity can alter a writer’s career forever. Take, for example, these 10 famous works inspired by unexpected bolts of inspiration. Read more

    Writer’s Digest Article Index 2011

    All feature articles and columns published in Writer’s Digest during 2011 are indexed by topic.. Back issues may be ordered at The Writer’s Digest Shop. Read more

    Writer’s Digest Article Index 2010

    All feature articles and columns published in Writer’s Digest during 2010 are indexed by topic. Back issues may be ordered at The Writer’s Digest Shop. Read more

    What is the Throughline of a Novel? (And Why It’s Important You Have One)

    The best way to travel the length of your story is to grab hold of the throughline—the driving force of the book—and refuse to let go. Understand the throughline of your novel by studying these examples. Read more

    Namedropping: Finding Solid Names for Your Unique Characters

    What’s in a character’s name? Everything. Here’s how you, the writer, can master the neglected art of moniker-making. Read more

    The 3 Skills Every Successful Freelance Writer Must Have

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    Today’s writing tip discusses freelancing for a living. If you are thinking about becoming a freelance writer and wondering what skills you need to survive within the freelancing world, today’s writing tip … Read more

    Writing 21st Century Fiction: A Sneak Peek

    Donald Maass, bestselling author of Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction, now takes an in-depth, comprehensive look at the craft and method of writing 21st century fiction. You might … Read more

    Questions to Ask (& Strengthen) Your Minor Characters

    If your supporting characters aren’t working toward an understanding of the main character or situation in some way, you might ask yourself what they’re really doing there, hogging time and space in your book. Here are questions to ask about your minor characters to make sure they have a purpose. Read more

    The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction

    fiction writing | getting published

    Do you wonder want readers want? In today’s writing tip, you’ll discover the 21 key traits of best-selling fiction excerpted from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr. The 21 … Read more

    16 Blogging Tips For Writing Fresh Content & Attracting Readers

    Get Published With an Author's Platform | Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

    If you already write a blog or are thinking of creating one, you’ll need to know how to attract and keep your readers interested. Today’s tip comes from Christina Katz’s book Get … Read more

    Meet the Real Andre Dubus III

    He did not set out to follow in his famous father’s footsteps, nor is he as dark and brooding as his own House of Sand and Fog. And those are just the first of many things that will surprise you about the bestseller. Read more

    Take Your Author Website to the Next Level

    Is your online home ready for visitors—say, editors, agents and your future fans? Tidy up your digital den with our blueprint for success. Read more

    3 Steps For Overcoming Writer’s Block

    writing a life story | how to write nonfiction

    This writing tip addresses overcoming writer’s block and is excerpted from You Don’t Have to Be Famous by Steve Zousmer.  Being stuck at the start creates a special kind of frustration. Before … Read more

    Starting a Freelance Career: A Couple Frequently Asked Questions

    How Do I Write & Sell Short Fiction

    Are you new to writing and exploring what type of writing you want to do? This eBook excerpt, How Do I Start a Freelance Career?, from the Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, covers everything … Read more

    4 Ways to Improve Plot/Climax in Your Writing

    Many beginning novelists think of the climax of their story as one single, explosive event. While that’s true to a degree, the climax of a novel actually has four components. Here’s what they are and how to get them right. Read more

    4 Techniques For Improving Your Writing Style

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    Today’s tip of the day comes from Grammatically Correct and describes some techniques for improving your writing style and for assessing how well your efforts are succeeding. Not all these strategies will … Read more

    How to See Your Work Through an Agent or Publisher’s Eyes

    Query letter writing is no doubt one of the hardest forms of writing to master. Here’s what agents and publishers need to see from you when you pitch your work. Read more

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