The Writer's Perspective
What It’s Like to Write From the Perspective of an Animal
From nature documentaries to bringing home a new pet, debut author Pamela Korgemagi discusses how she prepared to write from an animal's perspective in her novel, The Hunter and the Old Woman.
Embracing the Blank Page: Why All Writing is an Act of Courage
From writing sketch comedy to novels to telling true stories from his own life, William Kenower has found that all writing takes courage. Learn more about how to gather the courage to turn nothing into something.
The WD Interview: Author N.K. Jemisin on Creating New Worlds and Playing with Imagination
The master fantasy world-builder reveals her secrets to success on Patreon and speculates on how imagination might test-drive our future.
100 Years of WD: How Has Writer's Digest Impacted Your Writing?
How has Writer’s Digest impacted your writing? Share your favorite memories with us to help us celebrate our 100-year anniversary in 2020—your response could appear in a future issue of the magazine! #WritersDigest100
7 Experiences to Look Forward to at the 2019 Writer's Digest Conference
Find out a few of the sessions and events we're most looking forward to at the upcoming Writer's Digest Annual Conference!
Perfect Stories: The Pursuit of Perfection & Surrendering Your Story to Your Readers
Sometimes finishing a story is the most unsatisfying part of writing. No matter how hard you work on it, you may still feel something is missing. William Kenower discusses this dissatisfaction, the quest for perfection, and the need to relinquish your story to your readers.
Inside the Agent-Author Relationship
When you sign with an agent, you’re choosing a partner for your career—which means it’s important to choose carefully. We asked authors to share the best parts of their agent-author relationships, showing both what’s important and what’s possible. Let their stories be a guide as you seek the right match.
When Writing Fiction Can Help Us Understand Reality
Author Reyna Marder Gentin discusses how writing fiction helped her gain a new perspective on her personal life.
How to Incorporate Procrastination into Your Writing Schedule
Kathy Edens finds that she can write content all day every day, but when it comes to fiction, she's terrified of the blank page. Her secret? Scheduling procrastination into her writing schedule.
Tobias S. Buckell Discusses Successful Writing Collaborations and the Elements of Powerful Sci-Fi
We had the pleasure of talking with Tobias S. Buckell ahead of his keynote at indieLAB. Read on to discover his thoughts on what it takes to write powerful sci-fi, the process of writing with a co-author, and what's next for his career.
Bob Woodward Gets to the Bottom of Things: Timeless Investigative Journalism Techniques (from Writer's Digest 1996)
Given the buzz surrounding the explosive book Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, we dug out a surprisingly timeless article from the August 1996 issue of Writer's Digest about Mr. Woodward's investigative journalism techniques.
Zetta Elliott on Starting Her Own Imprint & Character Development in Children's Fiction
Zetta Elliott discusses addressing complex topics in children's fiction, starting her own imprint, Rosetta Press, and what she'll address in her upcoming keynote at indieLAB.
The Writer's Guide to Wattpad: How Readers Fall in Love with Your Words
Wattpad works because it makes it easy for readers to fall in love with your words. In this excerpt from The Writer's Guide to Wattpad, editor Ben Sobieck explains how he made the platform work for him.
Bestseller Walter Mosley on Characterization and the Legacy of Devil in a Blue Dress
In a conversation with WD, Easy Rawlins author Walter Mosley reflects on the passion and craft that informs his bestselling novels.
Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters
Bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld (Eligible) explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the richest social commentary.
Keeping the Writing Faith: 6 Ways to Keep Your Novel on Track With a Process Journal
Jennifer Haupt discusses six strategies for using a process journal to stay motivated, conquer writer's block, and keep making progress on your novel.
State of Wonder: Annihilation and Wonderbook Author Jeff VanderMeer Imparts His Best Tips for Cultivating Creativity from the World Around You
For Jeff VanderMeer, the act of writing is only a component of the process—to him, experiences are vital to storytelling. Here, he shares his best tips for discovering the wonder in the world around you.