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This is the place to learn how to write better fiction. WD editors & guest contributors cover everything about writing—from grammar to writing tips to fueling your creative fire, we have you covered. Your fiction writing career will thank you.
8 Tips for Developing a Thrilling Espionage Premise
Maintaining tension and high stakes requires careful attention in the writing process. Ambassador Philip Kaplan offers 8 tips for developing a thrilling espionage premise that helped him in writing his debut book, Night in Tehran.
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ignoring Your Weaknesses
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is ignoring your weaknesses.
Character Conflicts That Mirror a Larger Societal Conflict
When a character’s personal conflict reflects a larger societal issue is when character and plot come together. Author Beth Kirschner discusses how to create character conflict that can mirror a larger societal conflict.
How to Write a Thriller That Delivers
When you've kept your readers up all hours of the night turning the pages, then you know you've got a winning thriller on your hands. Author Wanda M. Morris offers 6 tips on how to write a thriller that delivers, plus examples from thrillers to add to your bookshelves.
4 Advantages of Writing a Novel Using Multiple Narrative Forms
Journal entries, third person, written letters, oh my! There are a myriad of ways to tell your story, and choosing how to move forward can feel daunting. Author Liz Keller Whitehurst shares the 4 advantages of writing a novel using multiple narrative forms.
4 Tips for Writing a Story with an Engaging Mystery
Any novel of any genre can have mysterious elements that keeps the reader wanting more. Author Christopher Parker offers 4 tips for writing a story with an engaging mystery.
Would Mystery Author Agatha Christie Make a Good Amateur Detective?
Would the master of the mystery novel be the master of solving mysteries in real life? Author Colleen Cambridge considers whether or not Agatha Christie would make a good amateur detective.
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Oversharing in Self-Help
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is oversharing in self-help writing.
6 Tips for Developing an Exciting Fantasy Adventure Premise
Feeling overwhelmed with putting together your fantasy fiction novel? Author Marshall Ryan Maresca comes to the rescue with 6 tips for developing an exciting fantasy adventure premise.
Write What You Know and Ask “What If?"
Writing what you know is not necessarily the same thing as writing your personal experiences. Young adult author Nikki Barthelmess discusses how to write what you feel as a way to write what you know, and to ask "what if?"
5 Tips for Developing an Engaging Premise for a Rom-Com Novel
More than just an equal balance of romance and comedy, a successful rom-com needs many of the same elements that are required of books of any genre. Author Denise Williams lays out 5 tips for developing an engaging premise for a rom-com novel.
What Is a Split-time Novel and Why Do Readers Love Them?
Bestselling author Katherine Reay discusses the purpose and appeal of split-time novels, as well as recommending titles for both readers and writers.
Quite the Character: Writing New York in My Novels
Setting has the ability to resonate with readers in the same way that characters do. Here, author Stephanie Gangi discusses her experience writing New York in her novels.