In this article from 1977, children’s writer and poet Jean Conder Soule explores the question, “How will I know when I’ve written a poem?”
Writer and WD editor Moriah Richard shares her top advice to help you fight world-building overwhelm and organize your story.
Author Jennifer J. Chow shares her expertise on what makes a great cozy mystery novel engaging and thrilling.
In this 1999 article, top science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler shares her secrets for overcoming the dreaded writer’s block and producing stellar work.
In this article, author Jonelle Patrick shares her expertise on how to create settings that will bring your reader in and make your characters shine.
In this article, award-winning author Nancy Stohlman breaks down the difference between flash fiction, prose poetry, and short stories and explains what keeps readers on the hook.
In this article, author and writing coach Nina Amir lays out her top tips to master your mindset and complete a 30-day writing challenge.
Award-winning crime author Stephanie Kane explains how she builds characters unlike herself and navigates their worlds to create vivid and realistic stories.
Evoking emotion on the page begins with the man or woman at the keyboard. Dustin Grinnell serves up seven straightforward tactics for writing tear-jerking stories that make your readers empathize with your characters.
WD editor and fantasy writer Moriah Richard shares five unique ways in which writers can use World of Warcraft to better build their worlds—without playing the game.
Award-winning author Jill G. Hall shares her top tips for how to dive into your latest project head-first.
Romance author Michelle Major explains her three go-to tips for ensuring your characters have believable chemistry.
Using examples from William Peter Blatty's iconic horror novel The Exorcist, Dustin Grinnell explains how to craft truly frightening horror fiction by blending the believable and the unsettlingly extraordinary.
In this excerpt from his book Writing in the Dark, author Tim Waggoner discusses the three types of pain all horror writers should consider inflicting upon their characters.
Dustin Grinnell explains how to—and how not to—write more scientific fiction by analyzing Carl Sagan's “Contact” and the ways it incorporates believable elements that are understandable to laypeople.