As publishing endeavors to address inclusion and diverse representation in fiction, an inevitable question arises: Can authors write characters whose experience is outside of their own?
This supplement to the 2019 edition of our 101 Best Websites provides a guide to writing subreddits — destinations across Reddit where writers can find useful information, community and resources.
Time for another Poetic Form Friday. After last week’s echo verse, let’s try out strambotto. Strambotto Poems Some of these forms are older than others, and the strambotto traces back to the 13th century. This Italian form known as ottava siciliana (Sicilian octave) or strambotto popolare was the preferred form in...
Writer's Digest 14th Annual Popular Fiction Awards Winner David Burns reveals how to write a killer fantasy story and where he finds writing ideas.
See the full list of winners of the Writer's Digest 14th Annual Popular Fiction Awards.
Read "Night Surf" by David Burns, the grand-prize-winning short story of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
For today’s prompt, write a spring poem. Believe it or not, today is the first day of spring (and my little brother’s birthday!). So write about birds and bees. Or break lines over the lack of spring-like attributes in your neck of the woods. Maybe you still have snow, a lack...
Read "The Schulyer Diamonds" by Ben Fine, the first place winning short story in the Crime category of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
Read "Some Pig" by Thomas D. Gutierrez, the first place winning short story in the Thriller/Suspense category of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
Read "Eighteen" by Sandi Ward, the first place winning short story in the Young Adult category of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
Read "The Unexpected Guest" by Connie White, the first place winning short story in the Horror category of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
Read "Fragments" by Kevin Hogg, the first place winning short story in the Romance category of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
Read "Alterity" by Emily M. Dietrich, the first place winning short story in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
Peter Besson’s e-book The Last Checkout is the Grand Prize winner of the 6th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards. Read an interview with him here.
See the full list of winners of the Writer's Digest 6th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards.
New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Nicole Bezanson 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.
Last week’s form (treochair) had some wild rhymes. This week’s form is a little more straight forward. Bring on echo verse! Echo Verse Poems Unlike many of the poetic forms we examine on this blog, echo verse has a pretty simple rule: Repeat the end syllable(s) of each line. No other...
To pitch the right agents, you first need to know exactly what it is you’re pitching. Learn the subtle differences among the many subgenres of suspense—and how to meet and exceed expectations in every one.
For today’s prompt, pick a mode of travel, make that the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could be as vague as “By Land,” “By Air,” or “By Sea.” Or you could get a little more specific with titles like “On the Back of an Elephant,”...
Many MFA programs require students to submit an electronic thesis into their library's digital repository, where it's available online. How can these students protect their work?
When approached one step at a time, the dreaded synopsis can become a trusted companion on your publishing journey. Ammi-Joan Paquette explains how to write a synopsis for any novel.
Last week, we looked at a Welsh form (awdl gywydd). This week, let’s try out the treochair! Treochair Poems The treochair is an Irish form. While there are quite a few mentions online, the only book that appears to mention it is Robin Skelton’s The Shapes of Singing. Here are the...
Spiritual nonfiction author and professor Anthony Maranise shares a thoughtful essay about the unique considerations of writing for audiences affected by cancer.
For today’s prompt, write a gift poem. Maybe the gift is a book, an action figure, or a delicious pastry. Or maybe it’s jewelry. Or the gift of life. Re-gifting is a thing. Also, not all gifts are welcomed gifts. So there are a lot of ways to possibly take this...
I’m so excited to share my latest news! Writer’s Digest Books is releasing my book Smash Poetry Journal, a collection of 125 poetry prompts and other poetic fun, later this month. Order your copy here. Last week, I celebrated my 19th work anniversary. I’ve done a lot of cool stuff in...