Literary Fiction Writing
LaTanya McQueen: On Returning Home in Literary Fiction
Essayist and author LaTanya McQueen discusses incorporating a horror premise into literary fiction and the process of writing her debut novel, When the Reckoning Comes.
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.
Writing About Your Life Without Ruining Your Relationships
"Write what you know" is common writing advice, but when it comes to mining what you know about your friends and family for stories, you enter delicate territory, as Mark Guerin shares in this guest post.
gods with a little g: 8 Questions With Author Tupelo Hassman
WD editor-in-chief Ericka McIntyre asked Tupelo Hassman about the importance of knowing your writing process, doing the work, and her forthcoming novel, gods with a little g.
Reddit for Writers: 47 Writing Subreddits to Explore
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.
Vintage Wisdom (Good and Bad): 14 Short Fiction Writing Tips From 1929
Writer's Digest editors selected their favorite fiction writing tips from the 1929 WD magazine article "The Way to the Fiction House Market" by Jack Byrne.
A Sense of Discovery: 'Chocolat' Author Joanne Harris on Routine, Inspiration and What's Next
Author Joanne Harris discusses her writing routine, her journey to becoming a full-time author, as well as her upcoming book The Strawberry Thief, which is set in the same universe as her 2000 hit novel Chocolat.
Min Jin Lee: Finding Story Ideas That Truly Provoke Your Passions
Pachinko author Min Jin Lee talks about finding story ideas that truly provoke your passions and how to tune out the burden of expectations.
Translating High-Profile Events into Fiction
Robert F. Delaney discusses the process of writing his debut novel, which serves as a case study into the unique experience of writing about a true story that, at the time of its occurrence, received significant media coverage.
Making Magic: Mastering the Art of Magical Realism
Magical realism is a literary genre grounded in reality and imbued with mystical elements. Conjure the extraordinary on the page with these techniques.
Twice Upon a Time: 4 Reasons to Write Books Based on Classic Literature
Originality is overrated. Discover four reasons you should try tapping into the richness of literary history by writing books based on classic literature.
What Binge-Watching 'Stranger Things' Taught Me About Storytelling
As fans eagerly await Season 3 of Netflix hit series Stranger Things, Scott Hildreth offers three storytelling lessons and editing goals writers can glean from the show.
Writing with Wonder: Weaving Time and Place with Story in Historical Fiction
Dana Chamblee Carpenter recalls a panel on which Anne Perry tossed aside the idea that the historical fiction writer had a responsibility to get everything “right.” We’re storytellers, after all, not historians.
"Go Your Own Way": James Patterson on Supporting Childhood Literacy, Generating Novel Ideas, and Writing with Bill Clinton
After more than four decades in publishing, record-breaking bestseller James Patterson has this to say: You can go your own way. Discover an exclusive extended interview with Patterson below.
What a Coincidence: 7 Clever Strategies for Harnessing Coincidences in Fiction
Well-timed coincidences can catapult a story forward, but a poorly planned one can bring your readers to a dead stop. Use these 7 strategies to harness the power of this storytelling tool while steering clear of common missteps.
The First Book to Ever Be Dubbed the "Great American Novel" Might Not Be the One You'd Guess
The history of the term "Great American Novel" is as interesting as the first book ever given that title by John William De Forest in 1869.
Steer Your Own Course: Author Boston Teran on Blending Genres Across 11 Novels
Author Boston Teran discusses his new novel, A Child Went Forth, his choice to use a pseudonym, upcoming film adaptations of his work, and the unique considerations of blending genres including historical fiction, mystery, crime and more.
13 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Sign That Book Contract or Take That Freelance Writing Job
In a competitive industry, it’s easy to feel like publishers hold all the power. But the truth is they need good content—and writers have a right to not be fleeced. Here are some situations when the best option just might be to walk away from that book contract or that freelance writing job.
Writing Great Historical Fiction: Lessons Learned 300 Years After Blackbeard's Death
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Edward Thache, the notorious privateer-turned-pirate known as Blackbeard. Here, historical fiction author Samuel Marquis, great-grandson of Captain William Kidd and author of a new book on Blackbeard, offers his best advice for writing great historical fiction.
James Han Mattson: LGBTQ Literature, Finding Your Voice and Addressing Gun Violence in Fiction
In Iowa Writers’ Workshop–graduate James Han Mattson’s acclaimed first novel, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, the cyber-bullying of a gay teen leads to a multi-victim shooting. Here, he discusses related topics, including LGBTQ literature and writing about gun violence.
6 Tips for Reimagining Classic Fiction in Your Writing
Reimagining classic fiction has been a common practice among authors since the dawn of novel writing. Here, learn a few lessons from the masters about writing novels that incorporate elements of the classics.