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Writer’s Digest’s 2008 Best Writer

Most children stop obeying their parents sometime between junior high and high school graduation, but writer Claudia Luiz—a wife, mother of two and successful psychoanalyst—still listens to her mom.
And when Luiz’s mom told her she needed a website, Luiz obeyed.

by Brian A. Klems Read more

One Writer

I first knew I wanted to be a writer sometime in 1990, soon after my marriage to Carla. Always an avid reader, I really enjoyed the horror genre.  I especially loved the books written by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul.  Those folks were my idols.  I’m sure I’ve read THE STAND, PHANTOMS, and CREATURE three or four times each.  Probably even more.

by Andrew Peterson Read more


Read chapter 9, "Beginnings," from The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction, Volume 1: Building Blocks Read more

What is Plot, Anyway?

Read chapter 1, "What is Plot, Anyway?" of Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure. Read more

2008 Article Index

All feature articles and columns published in Writer’s Digest during 2008 are indexed by topic. Abbreviations for regular columns: Ask the Pro (ATP), The Conference Scene (CS), InkWell (IW), First Impressions (FI), On the Edge (OTE), Postscript (PS), Questions & Quandaries (QQ), The Sentence Sleuth (SS), The WD Interview (WDI), This Writer’s Life (WL), Writer’s Workbook (WW), Your Story (YS). For back issues, send $8/issue ($10 Canada; $12 other foreign), which includes postage and handling, to Writer’s Digest/F+W Media Products, 700 E. State St., Iola WI 54990; or call (800)258-0929. Specify publication, month and year. Back issues may also be ordered at Writer’s Digest Back Issues. Read more

This Writer’s Life:
Giving It Up

Sometimes it takes a good kick in the pants to get your act together.

by Kevin Alexander
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A Killer Query

Composing a good query letter is vital to getting an agent hooked on a self-published book. Read more

Life After Self-Publishing

You can hook an agent for your self-published book with a solid sales track record—and a little finesse.

by Chuck Sambuchino Read more

7 Trend Tips

Identify and use pop-culture cues to write—and sell—your novel.

by Debbie Macomber
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10 Basic Ingredients of a Successful Thriller

At the 2008 Maui Writers Conference, bestselling thriller writer Gary Braver (Skin Deep) said that dread drives thrillers. You know who the good guys and bad guys are. Dull moments will lose an audience, and writers can’t afford to lose an audience, even for one page. To captivate an audience (and agents and publishers), Braver offers these 10 essential ingredients for a successful thriller. Read more

Steve Berry’s 8 Rules of Writing

Bestselling thriller writer Steve Berry says there are eight key rules that all writers must know and follow. Read more

News From Glimmer Train

logo01.jpgThe latest news about Glimmer Train contests, publications, and more! Read more

The WD Interview:
Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende found a release for her grief in the form of a memoir written to her departed daughter.

by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
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The WD Interview: George Pelecanos

Having scribed detective novels and written for HBO’s “The Wire,” George Pelecanos knows what it takes to get down and dirty for his own brand of social crime fiction.

by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
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28 Agents Who Want Your Work

Looking for an agent? Here are 28 reps willing to work with new writers and give your manuscript a fair shake. (Expanded Edition)

By Chuck Sambuchino Read more

10 Tips for Querying an Agent

Before you dive in, check out these essential tips on submitting your work to an agent.

by Chuck Sambuchino Read more

Don’t Use Adverbs and Adjectives to Prettify Your Prose

Learn how adjective and adverbs create redundancy and promote lazy writing and see how you can make your writing direct, vivid, and descriptive without making your readers want to get rid of your book.

by William Noble

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Opening Scenes: An Overview

Read Chapter 2, Opening Scenes: An Overview from Hooked Read more

Face-to-Face with an Agent

You’ve got an agent. You’ve got a deal. Is it worth it to fly to New York—on your own dime—for some face time? Here’s one writer’s advice.

by Elizabeth Sims
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On The Edge: The Happiness Craze

A new wave of books about a timeless topic hope to help you—and their eclectic authors—live a better life.
by Linda Formichelli Read more

Lauren Baratz-Logsted and The Sisters Eight series

Prolific author Lauren Baratz-Logsted enlisted a little help from those closest to home—her family—for her new children’s series The Sisters Eight.

by Jordan E. Rosenfeld Read more

Notable Debut Authors October 2008

Check out these up-and-coming debut authors for the October issue of Writer’s Digest and the highly successful habits that helped them get published.

by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
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Banking on Book Clubs

What this thriving editor is looking for in her new imprint aimed at women.

by Kara Gebhart Uhl Read more

November is National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo’s Chris Baty shares five tips for writing your book in a month.

by Chris Baty Read more

The Roeder Report:
Escaping the Slush Pile

Your novel is finished. If you’re like most writers, you put months, maybe years, into writing it and then you proofread it through the envelope on the way to the post office. But then what? What happens between the moment you send the manuscript off and the moment some intern turns a flamethrower on it? You might have heard that it sits atop a stack of nuisance submissions called a “slush pile.” But that’s not actually true—it’s probably not on top of the pile.

by Jason Roeder Read more

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