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Best of Best

5 situations where it's better to tell than show in your fiction

The Top 5 Free eBooks for Fiction Writers

How to Write a Novel in Three Days. Thought-provoking advice from a master fantasy author.

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Can you write a publishable first novel? 8 dos and don'ts to increase your chances


The definition and challenges of the early reader and chapter book market


Do you have a BUSINESS mindset for your writing career? Should you?

Craft & Technique

9 (Arbitrary) Ways to Get Your Writing Rejected

Alexander McCall Smith on writing concisely. Overwritten prose takes away readers' opportunity to imagine

"Little Fictions" within creative nonfiction

6 Ways to Hook Your Readers from the Very First Line

An agent on some opening page tactics that fail


News & Trends

Is Beg, Borrow and Barter a Good Business Model? It Works for Cory Doctorow

The real cost of free

Why book publishing needs Silicon Valley way by @mike_elgan

The pyramid of literary respect


Platform Building, Self-Promotion

The seven deadly book marketing mistakes authors make

Research: what kinds of promotion sell books


8 Tips on Starting Your Own Grass-Roots Campaign For Your Book

Promote Your Book on the Goodreads Network

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

9 tips for authors on writing and selling e-books

Did Borders' New Self-Publishing Tool Make Blogs Smarter or Books Dumber?

Blogs & Websites

How to Turn Your WordPress Blog Into a Social Network

Social Media & Twitter

The Secret to Social Media Success–Slow & Steady Wins the Race

"What we are ultimately trying to do is really connect with another person." Great video by @ZeFrank

The Writing Life

Feeling Sad Makes Us More Creative


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The 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WD Poetry Awards!


Your Story #113

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

Author E.J. Levy discusses her journey with drafting and redrafting her historical fiction novel, The Cape Doctor, and why her first draft was her best draft.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 569

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an "In the Name of Blank" poem.

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover Reveal

The July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest features a collection of articles about writing for change plus an interview with Jasmine Guillory about her newest romance, While We Were Dating.

Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Debut novelist Lacie Waldon discusses how her agent encouraged her to write what she knew, but then her editor made her realize that what she thought was boring might not be the case.

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use pedal and peddle with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Debut author Marissa Levien discusses how she always knew what the beginning and the end of her science fiction novel The World Gives Way would be, but that the middle remained elusive.