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Best Writing Advice (According to Writers) - Plus Winner of Contest

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My thanks to all of you who
took time to comment for my
blog anniversary contest
, and offer links to the most helpful
writing advice you've found online.

As a handy
reference, I thought I'd share links to all of the sites and articles


the Rubber Meets the Road by agent Rachelle Gardner


to Work Less by Renegade Writer Linda Formichelli

Wailing Wall, A Laboratory, A Junk Drawer
by Joy Castro


Your Novel by Jo Lamb-White


Single Most Powerful Writing Tool You'll Ever See That Fits on One Page
by Larry Brooks

Encouragement for Aspiring Writers
by Liz Curtis Higgs


to Make Your Novel a Page Turner by Elizabeth Sims (at Writer's

Script Frenzy
(overview of resources)

Nathan Bransford's FAQs


Is a Consequence by Lilith Saint Crow


Talk: Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity


Skills Does a Writer Need to Develop? by agent Chip MacGregor


Structure Series #1: The Four Parts of a Story by Larry Brooks


More like DIRE-logue!!! by Victor Finch

Do You Use Sensory Details?


Can't Make Something a Phenomenon by agent Nathan Bransford


the Time to Write by Yasmine Galenorn


Vs. Plot, Ghost Vs. Bones: Discuss by Chuck Wendig

by Michael Hauge

Bob Mayer's Who
Dares Wins Writing Tips

Now, for the moment
you've been waiting for.

The randomly selected winner from all
comments is Rick Carroll.


Rick! I'll be dropping you a note soon about your VIP

prize, as well as a free registration to the next Writer's Digest Editors'

credit: hellojenuine

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, an Upcoming Virtual Conference, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce six new WDU courses, a romance writing virtual conference, and more!

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Past experiences taught bestselling author Alan Russell to tread lightly when it came to collaborating on projects. Here, he discusses how the right person and the right story helped him go from a “me” to a “we.”

From Script

Short Film Goals, Writing the Cinematic Experience on the Page and Sundance Film Festival 2022 (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, set your creative goals with a monthly guide to write and produce your short film, provided by Script contributor Rebecca Norris Resnick. Plus, an exclusive interview with Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan, a Sundance Film Festival 2022 day one recap, and more!

Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.