If you haven't visited the Writer's Digest forums in the last year or read any of his books, you may not know much about author and educator Paul Swearingen. But for many members of the Writer's Digest community, Paul acted as a shepherd and a mentor on their writing journeys as...
For World Storytelling Day, share the best story you've ever heard or told by word of mouth, or have a fictional character recount their favorite story.
Welcome to Writer’s Digest Literary Lunacy — a March Madness bracket for lovers of classic fiction. We want to know: Which of these classic books is the greatest? That’s up to you. Vote here until March 27 at noon. The book with the most cumulative votes will be crowned champion.
Welcome to Writer’s Digest Literary Lunacy — a March Madness bracket for lovers of classic fiction. We want to know: Which of these classic books is the greatest? That’s up to you. Voting starts today here on the blog and lasts until on March 27 at noon. The book with the most cumulative...
New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Joseph Parsons of Holloway Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
You're making your way down a cobbled street when a stocky, red-bearded man beckons you into an alley. He reaches into his coat, produces a locket on a long gold chain, and hands it to you. Upon opening the locket, you find a four-leaf clover pressed beneath a small glass pane....
The great Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, apparently had a quote for every occasion.
Pick an item from each column in the chart to create a simile. Use the following starting phrase for your story, making sure to include the simile(s) you’ve created somewhere in the piece. "I (or she/he) took a sip of …"
For Women's History Month, Writer's Digest remembers editor Dorothy Ann "Kirk" Polking (1925-2017), whose mark on the writing world and legacy for women writers live on today.
Writer’s Digest is proud to formally announce the legendary Walter Mosley as this year’s Writer's Digest Annual Conference central keynote.
New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Whitney Ross of Irene Goodman Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
Write a scene or story about a character who has committed a misdeed—a crime or a more minor indiscretion—and must decide whether to face the consequences and make amends for the act, or to conceal or avoid it.
Writing Prompt: Go over to your bookshelf, close your eyes, and pick up the first book you touch. Open the book to a random page, read the first full sentence on that page, and use it as the inspiration for a story or scene. Please include the original line at the...
We're thrilled to announce that Script Magazine and the Writers Store will be joining Writer's Digest on an all-new, fully redesigned website at writersdigest.com in 2018.
Writing prompt: Take one of these Judy Blume book titles, fill in the blanks, and use it as the premise for a short story or scene. It does not need to relate to the original story in any way.
You're absent-mindedly singing to yourself, when suddenly the topic of the song comes true.
New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Kieryn Ziegler of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
In his article “Critical Thinking” in the March/April 2018 issue Writer’s Digest, professional book critic Paul Goat Allen shares his criteria for evaluating a novel. Below, find a graphic illustration of his Book Reviewer’s Hierarchy of Needs.
When you're writing a self-help book, make sure to do your research. Here are five tips to help ensure that your nonfiction work holds up against a critical eye.
You have (or a character has) created a computer virus that is capable of spreading to every computer, tablet or smartphone in the world. It takes over the device's screen and displays something else instead—a message, an image, an animation, etc. What does it display, and why?
Consider your handwriting, or a character's handwriting. What significance does it have, and what does it say about the type of person you/they are?
New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Patty Carothers of Metamorphosis Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
This article is part of a series called Successful Queries. It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. In addition to the successful query letter, you’ll also see the thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked. Today’s features Anna Quinn and...
You are showering one morning when you notice a tattoo on your body that you're quite sure you don't remember getting. What is it, how did you get it, and what does it mean?
From Toni Morrison to Jesmyn Ward, we've selected some thought-provoking quotes on writing by black American writers who have led—and some of whom continue to lead—the charge in making the writing world more inclusive.