The Writer's Dig
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.
YA Author Cassandra Clare Reveals the Practical Magic Behind Her Bestselling 'Shadowhunter' Series
YA sensation Cassandra Clare discusses the tactics she leverages to craft her bestselling Shadowhunter series and demystifies the secrets of writing for different age groups and fostering representation in fiction.
The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 11: Writing Technology Old and New
In this episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with author Elizabeth Sims, and shares an inside look at how various writing technology has evolved over time, from classic to contemporary. In this interview, they discuss the benefits of using pencils and pens to write, how to fight for your writing time by saying no gracefully, and how to balance the quiet work of writing with the flashy technology of the digital age.
Behind Bars: Working with Inmates as Fiction Writing Sources
Author Demian Vitanza recounts his experience working with an inmate to take his sensitive story material and turn it into a novel. He reflects on the unique considerations writers may need to make when using people who are in prison as writing sources.
On Writing Immersive Nonfiction & Idea Generation with 'The Fifth Risk' Author Michael Lewis
Author Michael Lewis of The Big Short, Moneyball and his latest, The Fifth Risk, lays out his formula for generating ideas and writing immersive nonfiction in this extended Writer's Digest interview.
Fired Up: Robert Crais on Passion, Process and Plot Twists
Robert Crais, master of crime writing, makes modern classics the old-fashioned way—with a heartfelt passion, a fine-tuned process and, naturally, a twist.
Literature as a Lifeline: How Stories and Genetic Testing Can Save Lives from Mental Illness
Literature comforts in a way clinical definitions and diagnoses cannot. It can help people recognize the symptoms of mental illness in themselves long before the predator of suicide pounces. Kristen Davis Schwandes explains why it is vitally important for writers to accurately portray the thought processes involved in mental illness.
Getting Started in Freelance Writing: Key Tips from Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun
Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun shares a few tips on for getting started in freelance writing — a topic she'll address in greater detail in her indieLAB session on what it takes to forge a successful writing career of any kind.
Planning To Write Something Today? Tips for Setting Writing Goals that Work
Lynn Dickinson shares tips to help writers honestly examine their writing routines to make the changes necessary to achieve their writing goals.
Bob Woodward Gets to the Bottom of Things: Timeless Investigative Journalism Techniques (from Writer's Digest 1996)
Given the buzz surrounding the explosive book Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, we dug out a surprisingly timeless article from the August 1996 issue of Writer's Digest about Mr. Woodward's investigative journalism techniques.
The Perception Gap: Using Character Perspective to Propel Your Plot
Your characters’ views of the world can do much more than simply define who they are. Jane Cleland discusses how to use character perspective to propel your plot.
What Starting a Business and Launching a Book Have in Common: It’s All About the Investment
When launching a book, your job is to find readers, engage with readers, write good books, and sell the heck out of said book(s). Here are a few rules from the business world that will make the investment of time and energy worth your while.
The 12 Best and Worst Things That Could Happen After Your Freelance Article Is Accepted
The newspaper, magazine or web editor loves the freelance article you submitted and says “Yes!” Before you jump up and down and share the news to your 10,000 social media friends, beware the worst that has happened to more than one freelance writer—but also be hopeful for the best things too!
18 Ways to Write Funnier Fast
We're not all comedy writers, but many of us want to write a funny story or incorporate funny scenes into a novel. In this excerpt from The Byline Bible, Susan Shapiro offers 18 quick and easy ways to improve at eliciting laughs from your readers.
11 Webcomics for Writers: Inspiration and Motivation
Sometimes we have to look outside of our usual medium to find the motivation we need to get the words on the page—or to just feel like someone else "gets it." Check out these webcomics for writers.
Productive Procrastination: 7 Creative Activities to Distract Yourself from Writing
Procrastination can be a writer's worst enemy. But here, Jenna Blum rethinks her approach to self-distraction and shares seven creative ways writers can productively procrastinate.
Fortune Favors the Bold: Inside the September 2018 Issue of Writer's Digest
The theme of the September 2018 Writer’s Digest is “Writing Boldly.” Here, Editor-in-Chief Tyler Moss explains what that means for writers today.
3 Amazon Secrets Every Author Needs to Know
Rob Eagar offers up three essential Amazon secrets and hacks for authors to write and sell books on Amazon, including how to change the marketing text for your book, getting email subscribers through Kindle Direct Publishing, and identifying your target audience.
Pitching Articles: 5 Tips for a Successful Freelance Writing Pitch
If you want to make a living writing for your favorite publications, you need to perfect your freelance writing pitch. Here are a few things to keep in mind when pitching articles for magazines, newspapers and the web.
From ER Doctor to Novelist: Meet Kimmery Martin, Author of The Queen of Hearts
An emergency medicine doctor-turned-novelist, Kimmery Martin, author of The Queen of Hearts, discusses her writing journey, what she's learned about writing and publishing, and what's up next.