The 18 Most Popular Articles on Writing of 2011

We posted more than 1,300 articles to WritersDigest.com this year and, quite frankly, that's a lot. It's hard to sift through all of that, so I've gatherd the 18 most popular articles to share with you—a mix of fiction, nonfiction, writer's rights, agenting, publishing and a bit of humor. Bookmark these links and reference them as much as you need. There's something for everyone here, so read on. Your manuscript and writing career will thank you.
Author:
Publish date:

We posted more than 1,300 articles to WritersDigest.com this year and, quite frankly, that's a lot. It's hard to sift through all of that, so I've gathered the 18 most popular articles to share with you—a mix of fiction, nonfiction, writer's rights, agenting, publishing and a bit of humor. Bookmark these links and reference them as much as you need. There's something for everyone here, so read on. Your manuscript and writing career will thank you.

WDU Logo

Without further ado, the 18 Most Popular Article on Writing of 2011:

  1. The 7 Deadly Sins of Writing
  2. 8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One
  3. How to Craft Compelling Characters
  4. 3 Secrets to Great Storytelling
  5. How to End Your Chapters (the Right Way)
  6. The 7 Tools of Dialogue
  7. A 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises
  8. What Writers Need to Know About Copyrights (FAQs)
  9. The 90 Top Secrets of Bestselling Authors
  10. 10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes
  11. Are You a Word Nerd? Take This Quiz.
  12. The 4 Pet Peeves of Freelancers (and How to Tackle Them)
  13. How to Be a Successful Ghostwriter
  14. How These Writers Got Their Agents–And What You Can Learn From Them
  15. The 5 Essential Story Ingredients
  16. 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day
  17. Read These Successful Query Letters
  18. How to Revise Your Work (& Awesome Editing Symbols You Should Know)

There's no doubt that our staff worked tirelessly in 2011 to bring you advice, tips, interviews and inspiration to help you reach your writing goals. But I promise you, we plan to work even harder in 2012. It's just what we do.

I hope 2011 treated you well, but I'm confident 2012 is going to be even better.

From the bottom of my heart,

Brian

Follow me on Twitter: @BrianKlems
Read my Dad blog: TheLifeOfDad.com
Sign up for my free weekly eNewsletter: WD Newsletter

wd-Brian-web-19.jpg
John B. Thompson | Book Wars

John B. Thompson: On Researching Changes in the Book Publishing Industry

John B. Thompson, author of the new book Book Wars, shares the research that went into his account of how the digital revolution changed publishing for readers and writers.

From Script

Supporting AAPI Storytellers and Tapping into Mythical World Building (From Script)

In this week’s round-up from ScriptMag.com, meet South-East-Asian-American filmmakers and screenwriters, plus interviews with screenwriter Emma Needell and comic book writer/artist Matt Kindt, TV medical advisor Dr. Oren Gottfried, and more!

What Is a Personal Essay in Writing?

What Is a Personal Essay in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a personal essay (also known as the narrative essay) is, including what makes it different from other types of fiction and nonfiction writing, examples of effective personal essays, and more.

FightWrite™: How Do People Who Don’t Know How to Fight, Fight?

FightWrite™: How Do People Who Don’t Know How to Fight, Fight?

If your character isn't a trained fighter but the scene calls for a fight, how can you make the scene realistic? Author and trained fighter Carla Hoch has the answers for writers here.

April PAD Challenge

30 Poetry Prompts for the 2021 April PAD Challenge

Find all 30 poetry prompts for the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge in this post.

The Problem of Solving a Mystery When You're the Prime Suspect

The Problem of Solving a Mystery When You're the Prime Suspect

Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic & Adobo, explains how writers can help their main character solve a mystery when they're the prime suspect.

Mistakes Writers Make: Not Using Your Spare 15 Minutes

Mistakes Writers Make: Not Using Your Spare 15 Minutes

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 not using your spare 15 minutes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Visitor

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Visitor

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, invite an unexpected visitor into your story.

7 Tips for Writing a Near Future Dystopian Novel

7 Tips for Writing a Near-Future Dystopian Novel

In this article, debut author Christina Sweeney-Baird explains how writers can expertly craft a near-future dystopian novel.