Writing Tips for Retelling Shakespeare: From Atwood's Hag-Seed to Updike's Gertrude and Claudius
Novelist Pat McKee shares 5 writing tips he learned while retelling Shakespeare's play Tempest as the novel Ariel's Island.
Will's Way: Four Timely Craft Tips from the Immortal Bard
Debut novelist Karin Abarbanel shares four writing tips for contemporary novelists she discovered from studying the plays of the Bard for 365+ nights.
Electric, Neon, Salsa-Dancing Energy, or Finding Your Writing Voice
In this humorous essay, composition and rhetoric professor Adam Brandner shares his take on finding your writing voice and a few exercises that helped him discover his own.
Forced Proximity: 50 Reasons for Your Characters to Be Stuck Together
Add believability to your romance story ideas with 50 legitimate reasons for your characters to be stuck together from Hallmark Publishing editor Bryn Donovan.
5 Goals for Making Your Anthology the Best That It Can Be
Marika Lindholm, co-editor of the new book We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor, offers 5 tips to creating a more appealing and successful anthology.
Lost in Iceland: Searching for a Better Writing Process
Nick Petrie, author of The Drifter, part of his Peter Ash series, shares his struggle with coming to terms with the writing process that works for him.
Vintage WD: What Is the Writer's Social Responsibility?
In this Vintage WD article from January 1970, Norman Cousins gives his take on the writer's social responsibility, and we think it stands the test of time.
Rolling the Dice: 5 Ways D&D and “Critical Role” Made Me a Better Storyteller
Fantasy writer and blogger Angela D. Mitchell offers 5 ways that Dungeons and Dragons helped her improve her writing and how to be a better storyteller.
Blurred Lines: Writing Historical Fiction From Fact
Melanie Benjamin—author of six historical novels about real people and events—offers four lessons she's learned about writing fiction from fact, and when to deviate from the truth.
Tips for Writing About Controversial Topics in Fiction
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Bryan Gruley offers his best tips for writing about controversial topics—social, political and otherwise—in your fiction.
How to Become a Successful Writer: To Dream or Not to Dream?
Greta Heinemann, writer-producer on NCIS New Orleans, shares how she achieved her goal of moving from Germany to Los Angeles to become a successful writer. It all starts with a pen and paper.
Agent Myth Busters: 5 Common Misconceptions About Literary Agents
A mother-daughter pair of agents debunks five pervasive misconceptions about literary agents and the way they do their work.
Researching Agents: 4 Steps for Identifying & Connecting with the Right Literary Agents
Researching literary agents feels daunting, but so is writing a book! And you’ve already done that. You definitely can create a list of agents who should be a good fit for your work. Here's how.
Funny You Should Ask: Why don't literary agents invest in long-term talent instead of manuscripts they love?
Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she answers a reader's question about the struggle of finding an agent who falls head-over-heels for your manuscript, and why literary agents don't approach their profession more like Hollywood agents do.
How I Got My Agent: Falguni Kothari
Falguni Kothari is a New York-based South Asian writer who was already published in India when she began seriously querying literary agents in the United States, eventually signing with Andrea Somberg of the Harvey Klinger Agency.
A Writer's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory developed by psychologist Abraham Maslow. The hierarchy, comprising a five-tier pyramid, explains the connection between basic human needs and motivation. Bryan E. Robinson has adapted this scale to consider what needs writers must satisfy to move their dreams of writing success up the charts.