While working the front desk at Miramax, Dave Pullano created the fictional exec, Jay Flannick, to field unwanted and overly persistent pitches. Ironically enough, through a series of adventures, Pullano found himself in Hong Kong, sitting on an old mattress ... and pitching his own script to Jackie Chan.
There is no one recipe for a winning audiobook, but Jessica Kaye shares the ingredients which helped make The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher the 2018 winner of the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word.
In this episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with Windy Lynn Harris about writing and publishing short stories, personal essays and nonfiction articles.
Jeff VanderMeer, the NYT bestselling author behind Annihilation, Borne, Wonderbook and more, will present the closing keynote at the Writer's Digest Annual Conference.
Collecting articles from editor Dan Koboldt’s popular blog series for writers and fans of speculative fiction—plus a foreword by Chuck Wendig and a collection of never-before-published articles—Putting the Science in Fiction connects you to experts in a broad range of fields.
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.
Conflict is what drives a story. Without opposition, the story becomes lifeless. Learn the four types of conflict and how to effectively use them in your next screenplay.
The April 2018 issue of Writer's Digestion is here—meeting all your writing and nutrition needs in one delectable swoop.
One piece of advice that seems good but can do a lot of harm is the old classic write what you know. Jeff Somers explains why.
Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One has earned some harsh criticism. So how did it sell so well and earn so much attention, despite the polarizing reviews? Can writers duplicate that kind of success with their own work?
In her nearly 10-year tenure as the former editor-in-chief and editorial director (and now editor-at-large) of Writer’s Digest, Jessica Strawser has interviewed hundreds of globally recognized authors, learning what she needed to write her 2017 debut novel, Almost Missed You. Now we turn the mic around to talk to Jessica about her...
Are you in in a writing slump? Lynn Dickinson teaches you how to Writer’s Limbo by setting writing goals that keep the bar low!
The London Book Fair 2018 is the UK’s biggest gathering of international publishers and agents and this year runs from 10th to 12th April at the Olympia conference centre in central London. Here are 5 things to look out for at the fair this year.
Author, playwright and screenwriter Wendy Whitbeck delves into the unique underwater characters of the box-office hit Finding Nemo to explore how combining this particular mix of characters melded to create a totally memorable movie with strong character development.
This year, to accompany our annual list of 101 Best Websites for Writers, we decided to put together a list of what we think are the best podcasts for writers. Here are our favorites—let us know if you have any additional suggestions!
Learn the ABCs of how to develop content for your new author blog in the May/June 2018 Writer’s Digest, and follow these basic steps to give your website a firm foundation—which is, actually, a lot like building a house.
Learn what to change—and what to keep—when incorporating your real-life experiences into your works of fiction.
Whether in novels or nonfiction, when it comes to adding authenticity, bestselling author Jeff Guinn takes field research to the next level.
As a writing critique group member, you walk a hair-thin line between appropriate ruthlessness and inappropriate intrusiveness. So how do you know where the boundaries are before you stumble into them? Here are nine mistakes it’s never okay to make.
When Mariagrazia Buttitta was diagnosed with a rare disease that caused her to be legally blind, she found peace and courage in writing.
Novelists live and die by reviews, yet uncovering what garners a gushing ovation or blistering takedown is often a mystery. A professional critic lays out what it takes to earn five-star book reviews.
Some writers struggle in transitioning from one type of writing to another, but Nicholas Meyer has conquered many forms. Learn Meyer’s cross-format storytelling processes and what encouraged him to write his memoir, The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood.
By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Kimberly A. Edwards offers methods for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects.
How do you start a story when your creative spark has dimmed? Try rubbing two ideas together.