Debut author Sarah Sover shares how embracing her weird side led to the publication of her first book.
From the veteran writer to the friend who doesn't read, author Karen Dukess presents the seven friends you need to keep on track while writing and publishing your novel.
It's important for new writers to ask the pros about the mistakes they've made; successful, well-published writer and WD contributing editor Jeff Somers reveals why.
No matter the genre, editing is essential. Audrey Wick and her editor, Julie Sturgeon, give readers a behind-the-scenes peek at the process of editing the first chapter of a manuscript.
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.
Reading with a critical eye can ruin the fun of reading, but it's also what makes our writing stronger. Deanna Cabinian identifies five things that you might want to reconsider before including them in your work.
Writing can be a lot of things, but at its best it can be a life saver. Read on about how writing changed (and saved) Keith Maginn.
Writing a story that has all the enticing elements of a screenplay in novel form can be a challenge, but if done right it can lead to a cinematic manuscript that's bound to catch the eye of agents and readers. Here are seven ways to take your eye for big screen...
Here are some reasons why cruising is a great way to spend a vacation that can lead to some excellent writing results.
Here's how to explore the functions of dialogue and narration in a scene, so that you can find the mix that’s right for your novel.
The following is a brief rundown of the three most common POVs and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Footnotes seem to be a rather polarizing topic among the literary community, so let's talk about them—and what benefits exist.
Knowing a few important details about your character can go a long way into giving him or her credibility and life.
It’s not enough to just write prolifically. You need to develop an audience, and deliver them excellent content. Here’s 15 ways to handle developing an audience as a writer.
Recognizing the subtle differences in writing emotion and writing feeling can help render both more powerfully on the page.
Get too focused on any one instrument at play in your story, and you may lose sight of the harmony inherent in truly great fiction. Here’s how to compose the elements of your novel into a masterpiece.
If you want to muscle your female protagonists into the traditionally male world of the police procedural or PI novel, here are a few things writers should consider.
In New York Times bestselling author Peter James’s latest Detective Roy Grace novel, much of the narrative is from the point of view of antagonist Jodie Bentley, a psychopathic Black Widow systematically marrying rich men and killing them in the most sinister of ways. Here, Peter James lists his top five...
Many writers who swear they dislike outlines are thinking of them in the wrong ways. K.M. Weiland's seven-step process can help you let loose and have fun in your first draft.
BY VICTORIA PATTERSON The Peerless Four, based on the historical precedent of the first women allowed to compete in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics in track and field on a trial basis, was a departure from my previous story collection and novel, Drift and This Vacant Paradise, both set at the end...
Dimensional characters are born from drama—not description. Here’s why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time.
Knowing the difference between peek and peak piqued my interest. Here are the differences explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
Outlines based on set pieces and dramatic scenes, for instance, can cause your book to feel like a hopscotch of mandatory moments. But an outline of antagonism could help even pantsers.
For every way our first drafts fail, they get us farther down the road to success. Here's what you can learn from your first draft.