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Writer's Digest January/February 2022 Cover Reveal

Revealing the January/February 2022 issue of Writer's Digest, all about finding success in 2022, and including an interview with bestselling novelist Lisa Jewell.

Finding Success in 2022

The January/February 2022 issue of Writer's Digest is here!

Writer's Digest JanuaryFebruary 2022

A new year means a new opportunity to evaluate what’s working and what’s not in your writing life. In this issue of Writer’s Digest, we offer advice and inspiration to set writers up for a successful year of writing no matter their goals. Whether it’s to finish writing their first book, improve their writing, find an agent, or learn to make better business decisions, this collection of articles will help writers find success in 2022. 

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Articles include:

+ Research and Storytelling for Successful Historical Fiction: Bestselling historical fiction novelist Janie Chang asked six fellow novelists (including Kate Quinn, Evie Dunmore, and Stephanie Dray) to share their tips for finding and writing stories from the past that will resonate with today’s readers. By Janie Chang

+ Taking the Short Tack With Short Fiction: Creator of The Indy Author Podcast, Matty Dalrymple, encourages both traditionally published and self-published authors to consider short fiction as a way to explore new writing ideas, build an audience, and meaningfully connect with other writers. by Matty Dalrymple

+ Eyes on the Road! Much like a cross-country road trip, writing a series can be quite the journey for both readers and writers. E. L. Tenenbaum offers 5 tips for planning and writing a series to get readers safely to the final destination and while enjoying the ride along the way. By E. L. Tenenbaum

+ What Literary Agents Wish Writers Knew: 22 literary agents share their insights about querying, the agent/author relationship, and the publishing industry as a whole, so writers can find success in 2022. By Ryan G. Van Cleave

+ Dig In or Cut Yourself Free: Drawer novel or potential bestseller? 7 writers share their tips for revision success and how to know when it’s time to move on. By Andromeda Romano-Lax

+ How Law School Made Me a More Business-Savvy Writer: One writer explains how an offer from his day job allowed him to go to law school, and how it helped his writing career. But, rather than encouraging other writers to do the same, he offers advice for being open to unexpected opportunities. By Michael La Ronn

+ Playing the Freelance Field: Part of making your freelance career a success is knowing how to determine the benefit each gig brings to your résumé. Here are 4 tips to help you make the right moves. By Cassandra Lipp

+ The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell: The internationally bestselling novelist talked with WD about her newest thriller, The Night She Disappeared, why she doesn’t plot before drafting, and about the surprise she always leaves for the last page. By Amy Jones

Plus, 15 (tongue-in-cheek) ways to fail as a writer, how to decide if self-publishing is right for you, and if podcasting might be beneficial (or not) to your writing career. This issue also introduces our new column, Building Better Worlds, written by Managing Editor Moriah Richard, to help writers in all genres create the world-building elements they’ll need to make their stories vivid for readers. And, as always, more of your favorite columns: Publishing Insights, All About the Pitch, Funny You Should Ask, Meet the Agents, Writers on Writing (featuring poet Raymond Antrobus), and much more. 

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3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

If you've ever heard it said that there's no new way to write a story, let author Julian R. Vaca tell you otherwise. Here, he shares 3 tips for writing dystopian young adult fiction to help silence our inner critics.

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 621

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 animal poem.

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Not sure which way to turn when writing intimate scenes? Author Jo McNally shares how to write compelling love scenes that make sense for the story you’re writing.

How Can I Help You?

How Can I Help You?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Phong Nguyen discusses his lifelong dream of writing his new historical fiction novel, Bronze Drum.