April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

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

Recent Articles

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Knowing When to Shelve a Project

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Knowing When to Shelve a Project

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 not knowing when to shelve a project.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a persona poem (for an inanimate object).

4 Tips for Writing Engaging Frenemies

4 Tips for Writing Engaging Frenemies

No matter what genre you write, if you're planning to write characters as frenemies, you'll need to know how to do it well. Bestselling romance author Lorraine Heath shares her top tips.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Placing Blame

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Placing Blame

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, make a character place blame on someone.

Luke X. Cunningham: A Writer's Hopes for Their Readers

Luke X. Cunningham: A Writer's Hopes for Their Readers

Emmy-nominated writer Luke X. Cunningham explains how he came to write a middle-grade mystery novel and what he hopes for the kids who read his book.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

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

Historical Fiction: Write What You Know, or Know What You Write

Historical Fiction: Write What You Know, or Know What You Write

Historical novelist David Gilman tackles the age-old question—how can genre writers best bring their subjects to life?

From Our Readers

Describe a Time When You Found the Courage to Write: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe a time when you found the courage to write. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

Anna Lee Huber: On Escapism and Historical Fiction

Anna Lee Huber: On Escapism and Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Anna Lee Huber discusses the particular pain of writing during the 2020 lockdown and how she views historical fiction as a form of escape.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

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

How I Taught Myself to Write in English

How I Taught Myself to Write in English

Novelist Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau describes what it was like to transition from writing in French (her native language) to publishing her debut YA novel in English.

Donna Freitas: Exploring Social Consequences in Fiction

Donna Freitas: Exploring Social Consequences in Fiction

Novelist Donna Freitas explains how she came to write her first adult novel, The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano, and why she wants this book to be provocative.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a Change and/or Don't Change poem.

Bolder vs. Boulder (Grammar Rules)

Bolder vs. Boulder (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use bolder vs. boulder on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Joshua M. Greene: On Balancing Poetry and Conciseness in Biographies

Joshua M. Greene: On Balancing Poetry and Conciseness in Biographies

Popular lecturer and biographer Joshua M. Greene shares how he handles writing a biography that is both accurate and concise while still illuminating the subject's personality.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

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

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: 2021 April PAD Challenge, Upcoming Webinars, and more!

This week, we’re excited to announce the start of the 2021 April PAD Challenge, upcoming webinars on writing queries and historical novel writing, and more!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

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

James Crews: Art in Response to Negativity

James Crews: Art in Response to Negativity

Poet James Crews discusses the events that led him to edit the anthology How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope and why people need hope more than ever.

From Script

Screenplay Structure is Important and Adapting a Novel for the Big Screen (From Script)

This week, we're excited to showcase articles on the essential elements to writing a cohesive screenplay synopsis, why it pays off to make your script structurally sound, and an inspirational interview with Boss Level writer/director Joe Carnahan, and an in-depth exploration of the adaption of A Wrinkle in Time from ScriptMag.com.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

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

FightWrite™: Animals in Fight Scenes

FightWrite™: Animals in Fight Scenes

In this article, author and trained fighter Carla Hoch answers a writer's question about how to handle including an animal as a battle partner, even if that animal doesn't exist in our known world.

Jessica Barksdale: On How Every Poem Is a Learning Experience

Jessica Barksdale: On How Every Poem Is a Learning Experience

Author and poet Jessica Barksdale discusses how she decided which poems would be included in her latest collection, Grim Honey, and why drafting each poem was a learning experience.