4 Tips from the WD Novel Writing Conference: Day 3 (Plus a Giveaway!)

Attendees spent their final day at the inaugural Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference focusing on both the craft and business of novel writing. Topics ranged from writing an attention-grabbing query letter to revising a manuscript with targeted, proven techniques. The event ended with an inspiring closing keynote from New York Times bestselling writer Christopher Rice.

Here are some highlights:

margaret_dilloway“I recommend taking an improvisation class; they teach you to never say ‘no’ as you build scenes on the fly.” —Margaret Dilloway



whitneydavis“For every scene or chapter, ask: How does this move my story forward? If you can’t answer that, get rid of it.” —Whitney Davis



paulamunier“We don’t want one-book wonders. We want to work with career writers.” —Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Agency



christopherrice“Writers write. They can’t not do it. … Write the book you love.” —Christopher Rice




To celebrate a terrific event, we have five signed copies of Christopher Rice’s novel The Vines to give away! Leave a comment in this post for a chance to win. Winners will be announced next week.

Thank you to all the attendees and speakers for making this a truly memorable experience.

Want to join the fun and enhance your writing career? Save the date for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, August 18-20, 2017 in New York.

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2 thoughts on “4 Tips from the WD Novel Writing Conference: Day 3 (Plus a Giveaway!)

  1. PetraVanilla

    I find Christopher Rice’s statement “Writers write. They can’t not do it.” most applicable to myself. I have not yet published a book but I keep coming back to writing because not one day goes by when I do not write or research something to write, whether it is supposed to go into a story, become a poem, or an intellectual message to someone, and I have hundreds of ideas jotted down waiting to become stories… 🙂

  2. eanderson10950

    I love Margaret Dilloway’s advice to “never say ‘no’ as you build scenes on the fly.” So much of writing dialogue is to allow characters the freedom to banter, to play off one another. The author can whittle it down later.


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