8 Ways to Add Suspense to your Novel

8 Ways to Add Suspense to your Novel

Authors Mark and Connor Sullivan are no strangers to utilizing suspense in their novels. Here, they share their top 8 tips for writers to do the same.

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D. Eric Maikranz: On Crowdsourcing and Readership

D. Eric Maikranz: On Crowdsourcing and Readership

Debut author D. Eric Maikranz explains how he connected with his audience after self-publishing his novel The Reincarnationist Papers and what it was like to get that novel picked up by a Hollywood director and traditional publisher later on.

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Self-Published Book Awards

ENTER NOW!  Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards is currently accepting submissions. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published books.

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Awdl Gywydd

The WD Poetic Form Challenge is your opportunity to write and share a poem (awdl gywydd this time around) for a chance to get published in the Poetic Asides column in Writer's Digest.

5 Tips to Work Through Procrastination

5 Tips to Work Through Procrastination

Have you caught yourself doing anything other than sitting down to write? Procrastination and writer's block happen to every writer. Let author Clare Whitfield give you tips on how to overcome and get back to writing.

Writing For the Time Impoverished: How to Structure Your Writing to Make Sure You Finish Your Novel

Writing for the Time Impoverished: How to Structure Your Writing to Make Sure You Finish Your Novel

What separates professional writers from amateurs? Author Matthew Harffy has the answer, and tips for ensuring that you make your publication dreams a reality.

Why Memory Is the Scariest Thing Of All in a Psychological Thriller Novel

Why Memory Is the Scariest Thing Of All in a Psychological Thriller Novel

Critically acclaimed thriller novelist Carter Wilson explains why he uses memory—or complete lack thereof—as a central thematic element in his works and how other writers can as well.

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WD Presents: More Ways to Connect with the Writer's Digest Community!

This week, we’re excited to announce the deadlines for several competitions, give you information on our upcoming conference, and more!

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Negative Space: An Interview With Lilly Dancyger

Catapult and Barrelhouse Books editor Lilly Dancyger talks about her debut memoir Negative Space.

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Creating Dynamic Characters and Writing Sci-Fi for Broadcast (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn how to create dynamic characters in comedy, how to format your screenplay to implement a “cameraman” as a character, the business of film financing, understanding subtext in the film Taxi Driver, and more!

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Celeste Ng: The WD Interview

The former WD reader talks about creating dynamic characters and outlining her sensation, Little Fires Everywhere in this interview from the November/December 2020 issue of Writer's Digest.

What Are Multiple Submissions in Writing and Publishing?

What Are Multiple Submissions in Writing and Publishing?

Learn what multiple submissions in writing and publishing are from editor Robert Lee Brewer, including when writers should make them (if ever) and why they should care.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Revising While Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Revising While Writing

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is revising while writing.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a goodbye poem.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

Announcing the winning manuscript and author of the 2020 November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge! Plus, I share four additional finalists and seven honorable mentions.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Approaching Deadline

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Approaching Deadline

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, a deadline approaches.

Finding Your Writing Nonfiction Niche and Understanding Why This is So Important

Finding Your Nonfiction Writing Niche and Understanding Why This Is So Important

Why specialize? It's a question many nonfiction authors face. Author Rick Lauber explains how focusing in on one subject can help your writing create a bigger impact—and even widen your audience.

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2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write an evening poem.

What Are Simultaneous Submissions in Writing and Publishing?

What Are Simultaneous Submissions in Writing and Publishing?

Learn what simultaneous submissions in writing and publishing are from editor Robert Lee Brewer, including when writers should make them (if ever) and why they should care.

Flying Sparks: 5 Tips for Writing "Clean Romance" That's Just as Hot as Explicit Sex Scenes

Flying Sparks: 5 Tips for Writing "Clean Romance" That's Just as Hot as Explicit Sex Scenes

Sweet romance is a genre defined by it's lack of sexually explicit scenes—but how can you ensure yours doesn't feel flat? Romance author Sariah Wilson shares her top tips for creating chemistry and intimacy between characters who aren't sleeping together.

5 Points to Consider About Your Crime Fiction Setting

5 Points to Consider About Your Crime Fiction Setting

Noir novelist W.A. Winter gives writers his top tips for ensuring the setting is just right for their crime fiction.

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2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a remix poem.

What Is World-Building?

What Is World-Building?

You might have heard the term before or are even an expert at it without realizing. WD editor Moriah Richard is here to lay out exactly what world-building is for writers of all genres.