Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide
Where realistic fiction felt both too restrictive and too revealing for author Susan Speranza’s transition from poetry to fiction, she turned to allegory. Here, she shares examples of famous allegories throughout history and how allegorical writing helped shape her novel, Ice Out.
The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James
Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.
Stay Thirsty, My Friends: On Freeing Writing From the Weight of Perfection
Internationally bestselling author Sarah McCoy reclaims the necessary messiness that comes with the writing process and discusses why writers strive for perfection when perfection doesn’t exist.
Shame and Success: Blending Artistic Expression With Social Media
With social media being so pervasive in our lives, the relationship artists have with it is both inspiring and overwhelming. Here, author Francesca Giacco discusses how social media has played a part in her life and in her new novel, Six Days in Rome.
How Do Characters Who Don’t Know How to Fight, Fight? (FightWrite™)
Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch discusses how to write scene with characters who are untrained for more realistic fighting sequences.
8 Tips for Writing About Head Injuries in Fiction
Bestselling author and practicing physician Freida McFadden shares eight things writers should know about writing head injuries in their own fiction, including whether a second head injury cures memory loss.
How Writing What I Knew Shaped My Debut Novel
Writing what you know doesn't necessarily mean puling scenes directly from your life—it can mean leaning into the subtleties of your lived experiences. Here, author Kris Spisak discusses how writing what she knew shaped her debut novel.
The Moral Universe: The Importance of Morals in Storytelling
Award-winning novelist Carole Lawrence discusses how moral fits into storytelling, and how we’re constructing morals within the universe of our stories every time we sit down to write.
(Almost) Everything I Know About Writing Fiction I Learned From the Newspapers
Award-winning author Erica Plouffe Lazure walks through everything a newspaper has to offer fiction writers—from the truly unbelievable to examining the full arc of a person’s life to help shape the lives of those on the page.
How to Maintain Accuracy Across Multiple Plot Lines in Historical Fiction
Author Julia Brewer Daily discusses her hybrid approach of plotting and pantsing to maintain accuracy in historical fiction while also getting words down on the page.