Writing a memoir can be a challenging experience. Writer''s Digest offers some helpful suggestions to make the process a little easier.
Historians hold Mary Chesnut's account of the Civil War as essential to understanding our past. Here's why.
"I can't explain it, but I know if a scene is right or wrong. I know it. It's a visual thingit's how the words look on the page, it's how the sentences sound.
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.
How many poems can you send to a magazine at one time? How do you prepare a collection of poetry for submission to a publisher? A poetry expert answers these and other questions.
When you're trying to scare up publicity for your book, the media wants to know just one thing: Is it newsworthy? Of course it isyou just have to know how to sell it.
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.
Dialogue is perhaps the most important characterization tool at a fiction writer's disposal; unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult techniques to do well. Stiff, unnatural or overdone dialogue can doom the liveliest characters or stall the most exciting plot. But great dialogue can propel your characters and story off the page,...
Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Nancy Kress
reprinted from 2002 Children''s Writer''s & Illustrator''s Market
Keeping a five-year diary keeps your life in perspective, a few lines at a time.
Start an empowerment journal! Tap your inner strength by telling the truth about your life.
James Manos Jr. shares his experiences with the ups and downs of writing his first novel, Little Ellie Claus (Pocket Books; $15.95). Manos, who won a 1999 Emmy Award for writing for a dramatic series for the "College" episode of The Sopranos, also discusses the differences between writing a novel and penning a screenplay.
A writer makes the most of her grand prize from WD's Annual Writing Competition as she hits New York City for back-to-back agent meetings. Was it worth the trip? Come along and find out.
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Pessimistic about the future of the printed word? A recent poll by trade magazine Publishers Weekly revealed that younger book buyers are more likely to buy a larger number of books. "It was previously believed that older people were the biggest book purchasers," say authors Marilyn Ross and Tom Ross in their book, Jump...
Your opening sentence sets the tone for your entrymake it strong and true.
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.
Excerpted from The Children's Writer's Reference, Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben talk about the most important ingredient in a book plot.
Philip Beard persevered through the publishing industry's post-9/11 trauma to publish his novel, Dear Zoe. His story offers a telling look at how the industry's mood can launchor crusha writing career.