Before we can create rich characters, we need to understand their wounds and potential for growth. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman suggests using the therapy couch to improve character development.
Five celebrated speculative fiction authors give their best world-building tips, demonstrating how different approaches can work.
Writing doesn't have to be a lonely profession. Dan Koboldt shares how he collaborated with two other writers to plan, write, and revise a serial novel.
Take an exclusive sneak peek at the cover of the upcoming September 2019 issue of Writer's Digest, featuring Karin Slaughter.
John Peragine talks about finishing the manuscripts of his old friend and mentor—and ghostwriting for an actual ghost.
Spotlight Market: Precast Inc. Magazine is a trade publication for owners and managers of plant-produced concrete products used in construction, paying $1/word for nonfiction articles of 1,500-2,500 words on average.
How long is too long to wait for a Hollywood executive to respond to your screenplay submission? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if they’re busy or if they’re just not that into you.
Offering a different perspective on Writer's Block, Will Dowd suggests re-thinking it as an illness. Can writers become stronger after overcoming it?
Try your hand at writing a caption for this cartoon by Bob Eckstein. WD editors will pick their favorite caption to be published in a future issue of WD.
WD Editor Cassandra Lipp talks about the combination of self-doubt and excitement that came along with her first book advance.
Former WD staffer Jess Zafarris crossed paths with Jerry Seinfeld, who shared his comedy writing process. His tips are not only useful for aspiring standup comedians, but also have broader applications for writers looking to add comedic elements to their own work.
Smallville creators Miles Millar and Al Gough Talk about making the leap from the small screen to co-writing their novel Double Exposure.
Author Karen Rinaldi sucks at surfing, but she continues to dedicate hours to it anyway, and she explains why we should also be okay with failure in many forms—even our writing.
Congratulations to the winners of the 19th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition! WD is proud to announce the top 25 winners.
For this week’s spotlight market, we look at Hard Case Crime, a book publisher which accepts queries for crime and mystery novels directly from potential authors (no agents required). Hard Case Crime: Spotlight Market Hard Case Crime is a book publisher that focuses on the sort of crime and mystery novels...
Read "Hari Om Senior Center" by Reena Shah, the winning entry of the 19th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition.
Barri Evins reveals Screenwriting Secrets novelists should steal to elevate dialogue, up emotional impact, and focus theme to deliver a resonant message.
WD editors were impressed to hear that Next Girl to Die author Dea Poirier was working on four manuscripts simultaneously, all after completing her debut novel. We asked Poirier to share a few tips with you on how she manages multiple manuscripts at once.
UPDATE: California Coldblood, publisher of Tynes' novel They Called Me Wyatt, announced they are canceling its publication after an incident on Twitter on May 10th, a few days after this article originally published. As several links to this post were part of the incident coming to light, we've decided to leave...
If you’re feeling frustrated by the querying process, Scott Wilson suggests writing your query BEFORE writing your book.
For this week’s spotlight market, we look at Harlequin Series, which accepts submissions directly from potential authors (no agents required!) and provides detailed guidelines for what they’re looking for in each specific series. Harlequin Series: Spotlight Market Harlequin is such a big name in publishing that even people who don’t read...
Writers work hard. Now, if only employers would. E.L. Tenenbaum shares eight skills writers have that make them great candidates for that necessary-for-most day job.
Reading great screenplays provides valuable screenwriting lessons for both emerging or seasoned writers. Professional script reader Ray Morton points out the craft tips in ten of his favorite scripts.
Since writing is a business, an author needs to be a professional. E.J. Wenstrom shares advice on the do's and don'ts of business cards for authors.