The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

Have you ever considered outlining after finishing your first draft? Kris Spisak walks you through the process.

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My Writer Success Story Began With Getting Over Myself

My Writer Success Story Began With Getting Over Myself

Debut author Christina Wyman discusses how getting out of her own way led to her authorial success.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 574

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a missing poem.

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Outline

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Outline

You have an idea for a nonfiction book. Now what? Author Rick Lauber shares how outlining before writing can help you decide what to put on the page—and what to save for later.

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Junk Drawer

Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, your character finds something unusual.

Caroline Beecham: On Organizing the Historical Fiction Novel

Caroline Beecham: On Organizing the Historical Fiction Novel

Historical fiction author Caroline Beecham discusses the trials of organizing her latest novel, When We Meet Again, and what she found that works.

Viva Editions: Market Spotlight

Viva Editions: Market Spotlight

For this market spotlight, we look at Viva Editions, a book publisher that strives to publish nonfiction books that inform, enlighten, and entertain.

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Short Short Story Competition

Enter Now! Deadline: November 15, 2021. Writer’s Digest’s competition for short fiction. Send us your best...in 1,500 words or fewer.

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Who's vs. Whos vs. Whose (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use who's, Whos, and whose with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

7 Essentials for Effective Copywriting

7 Essentials for Effective Copywriting

Copywriting principles to apply to any form, from marketing to personal essays.

What Is a Blurb in Writing?

What Is a Blurb in Publishing?

Find out what a blurb is when it comes to publishing and why writers should care about them.

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WD Presents: Poetry Awards Deadline, Writing the Middle-Grade Book, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce deadlines for several competitions—including our Poetry Awards—as well as classes on writing the middle-grade book, and more!

6 Reasons to Attend Writer's Digest Annual Conference 2021

6 Reasons to Attend Writer's Digest Annual Conference 2021

Writer's Digest Annual Conference will be virtual, July 22-24, 2021. WD Editor-in-Chief, Amy Jones, share 6 reasons why you should attend.

From Script

Writing and Rewriting History in Film & TV (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn how the hit television series “24” was developed and soon influenced contemporary events in America and beyond. Plus, movie reviews, when to abandon a current work in progress to start a new idea, and how to handcraft theme.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Shock Without Value

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Shock Without Value

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 writers make is trying to shock without value.

Poetic Forms

Burns Stanza (or Standard Habbie): Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the Burns stanza (or standard habbie), a form popularized by Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Katie Crouch: On Blending Research and Experience

Katie Crouch: On Blending Research and Experience

New York Times bestselling author Katie Crouch discusses how she combined both personal experience and research when it came to the setting of her newest release, Embassy Wife.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Going Too

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Going Too

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character join another character on a trip.

We’re a Nation of a Billion Indians, and Yet, I Hardly See Myself in Children’s Books

We’re a Nation of a Billion Indians, and Yet, I Hardly See Myself in Children’s Books

Middle-grade author Payal Doshi discusses a lack of diversity in children's books and how her latest release, Rea and the Blood of the Nectar, is working to correct that.

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Chris Bohjalian: The WD Interview 2021

New York Times-bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian talks about working with the right editor, how he finds the perfect ending for each novel, and the inspiration for his new historical thriller, Hour of the Witch.

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How to Know When Your Manuscript Is Ready

In a craft and business as subjective as writing, there’s no clear finish line to let you know when you’ve arrived. Let editor Tiffany Yates Martin give you some tips for knowing when your manuscript is ready.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 573

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an audio poem.

How I Managed to Get Six Books Published in 2021

How I Managed to Get Six Books Published in 2021

Author Rajani LaRocca shares how she went from selling one middle-grade novel to releasing six books in a single year.

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Poetry Awards

Enter Now! Deadline: 10/1/2021. Writer’s Digest’s only competition exclusively for poetry, the Annual Poetry Awards, is accepting entries at this time. Winners are awarded cash and prizes.