Yesterday, I took a detour north of our Cincinnati office to see Jodi Picoult speak at a luncheon event hosted by Thurber House literary center in Columbus. I’ve long been a fan of Picoult’s work, and her latest, Small Great Things, just debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times...
Did you know every single issue of Writer’s Digest includes bonus online exclusives? And they’re not just for subscribers—they’re for everyone! We must have been feeling extra inspired when we put together the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, because we rounded up even more extras than usual. Learn what really drives Robert...
I’m in the midst of potty-training my toddler, so when I awoke this morning, in the dark dawn before my alarm, to the sound of her screaming “POO!”—well, needless to say I jumped out of bed a smidge faster than I usually do. “POO!” she screeched as my fingers scrambled across...
We all know the importance of starting our stories strong: Without a beginning that draws the readers in (whether those readers are agents, editors or bookstore browsers), they may never make it to the middle. Enter the July/August 2016 Writer’s Digest: An entire issue devoted to helping you make your Chapter...
In our exclusive September 2015 Writer's Digest interview outtakes, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jane Smiley talks family dynamics, frigid novel settings, and where she sees herself (and her career) in 20 years.
Now more than ever before, there are so many things we can do to promote our books, articles, stories, essays, services, and other creative works and skills—regardless of whether we’re self-published, traditionally published, or even not-yet-published. Bookstore and library events remain staples, of course, as do reviews, mentions and bylines in...
As an online companion to our article in the October 2012 issue, read more tales about writerly drinking legends Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dorothy Parker.
Delve deeper into the expansive universe of fan fiction with our bonus list of more popular websites you can visit to read—and post—fan work.
What does it really take to be the bestselling crime writer in the world? The mastermind shares all the gory details.
Where do the pros get their ideas? Five top nonfiction writers discuss the sources of their ideas.
Should you pursue print publication, or focus your efforts online? Progressive literary icon Margaret Atwood shares more advice in outtakes from our September issue’s Q&A.
In the September 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, Glimmer Train literary journal is among the handpicked venues spotlighted in the Standout Markets column. In this special online exclusive, we share more Q&A with the editor who makes this market tick.
Sometimes it takes a test of guts to find out why it’s worth pushing yourself to extremes for the sake of a good story.
Was it a stroke of marketing genius or a happy accident? Even Cheryl Strayed herself doesn’t seem sure. But whatever it was, it worked—big time.
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The creator of “The Walking Dead” proves there’s a lot any writer can learn from going to hell and back.
In the March/April 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, The Pinch literary journal is among the handpicked venues spotlighted in the Standout Markets column. In this special online exclusive, we share more Q&A with the editor who makes this market tick.
In an exclusive dual interview appearing in the February 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, Lincoln and Child share what we can all learn from what makes their partnership work—about writing only what really speaks to us, finding our path through the story, and learning the value of feedback we can...
In this special online-only expanded version of the Baen Books market profile featured in the February 2012 issue of WD, publisher Toni Weisskopf shares more tips for breaking into Baen.
Here’s how to ensure that your submission contains all the key essentials.
After you read Nancy Ellen Dodd’s piece on all the key essentials of a novel, print off her blank story map worksheet to chart your own course through your book.
Jor-El. Jondalar. Modir-Rettr. What makes for a solid sci-fi character’s name? Get genre-specific tips and tricks from novelist Elizabeth Sims.
For fascinating details on how Outlander series author Diana Gabaldon writes scenes and constructs her stories, check out these exclusive outtakes from this month’s cover story.
Navajo clerks at the Circle K’s wouldn’t look Danny’s way if he took a couple of hot dogs from the rotisserie. They’d let him take big pretzels too, even the ones dripping with cheese and jalapeño peppers. He could have all the fountain drinks he wanted, and flavored coffees with names...
Meet John T. Biggs, the grand prize winner of the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. John shares a little more about himself and his writing process, as well as “Boy Witch,” the short story that took home the gold in this year’s competition.