Take a cue from great newspaper articles: Use snazzy and surprising leads that grab your readers' curiosity and keep them hooked until the end.
"This is not joy. This is not pleasure. Writing is work, and the most difficult work is inhabiting someone who is not you."
Variety is the spice of life and the spice of your articles. Cook up sources from different people and places to please all tastes.
Make a date to study magazines' editorial calendars before you querythey'll tell you exactly what editors want and when.
In our era of exclamation points, sometimes nothing works better than a whisper.
Nonfiction columnist David Fryxell, outlines the five secrets to writing query letters that can help fend off rejection slips.
Finding the right word can help strengthen your manuscript while adding your own voice and personal style to the piece.
The recent tough times in the media marketplace can mean opportunities for freelancers who can go with the flow.
The Internet can make finding facts for articles fast and easybut be careful not to get caught in the Web. Here's how to get instant answers online.
What do you do when you have more information than your allotted word count can handle? David Fryxell, the editorial director of Writer's Digest, tackles the problem of information overload. Here five tips to help lighten your load.
After bagging that first assignment, do the job right to assure it's the first of many. In time, you'll become the indispensable writer upon whom editors rely.
Editors want to say yes to your story as badly as you want them to?so make it easy for them with these five steps.
Go Back in Time
Condense and time the delivery of a character's history to intensify your reader's interest in your nonfiction story.
Understanding fair use is crucial for writers who glean material from outside sources. Learn when and how to attribute facts, opinions and paraphrases.
"I wish I had known back then that a mastery of process would lead to a product."
More and more print publications are producing web counterparts. How does that affect nonfiction writers? David A. Fryxell, Writer's Digest Editorial Director, provides some insight.
Editor and writer David Fryxell shares a valuable piece of advice with anyone trying to break into the magazine or newspaper market "Learn to write the stories that editors dread."
Staying on top of new markets requires understanding technology, noticing up-and-coming trends and searching for the unexpected.
Sometimes, a source's exact words say everything that needs to be said. But not always.
What to do when a blank page stares blankly back? Hold on tight while your mind unravels.