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 tips for how...
This Writer’s Digest Boot Camp, "How to Craft Query Letters and Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed" (starts Jan. 17, 2017), is designed to help you streamline your submission materials to stand out in a good way.
People don’t read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the science, and no one watches Forrest Gump for seafood recipes. Character is what truly makes an audience turn a page or turn up the volume. Thus, I am so pleased to sit down with bestselling author Nick Petrie to discuss the much anticipated second...
Here's what you need to know when considering how long to wait before following up with a magazine editor.
Make sure that your story is as close to perfection as you could dream before you self publish or pitch to an agent. Here are things to consider.
There are some techniques seasoned writers use to create that tension. Here are seven ways to accomplish building tension in your novel.
Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of the outlining process, beginning with the shaping of your premise and working all the way through to a complete list of scenes.
One writer's new hobby of running has taught him four valuable lessons about writer's block that have helped him—and he hopes helps you too.
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 of the 20th...
When agents ask for sample chapters, which chapters should you include? If your strongest chapters fall in the middle, is it OK if I send those? The answer is different for fiction and nonfiction.
Dimensional characters are born from drama—not description. Here’s why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time.
Learning how to catch wrong-word errors will help you prevent them and correct them while you're proof reading your work.
While it may be painful--and at times, feel like it will kill you--writing a memoir can be key to your own personal healing process from a difficult time in your life.
Here are 26 important items you should check when copy editing and proofreading your manuscript.
How do you hook an agent right away, keep them hooked, and make the most of your new publishing relationship? In this Boot Camp starting Dec. 12, 2016, “How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent,” you’ll learn how to get a literary agent’s attention through a great submission, and also how to navigate...
Revision is your chance to add humor and entertainment value—in any genre. Here’s how to do it.
Wasting away your day is a terrible proposition for a writer. I found a remedy, though: keep a time log. Here's how to do it and increase your writing productivity.
Knowing the difference between peek and peak piqued my interest. Here are the differences explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
If you’re interested in co-authoring a novel with another writer, here are ten excellent tips from two writers who have successfully co-authored together.
Here are a few things I learned along the way to writing a novel between stints as a copywriter.
Here are the reasons that each of us on the Writer's Digest staff is thankful this Thanksgiving season. Let us know why you are a #ThankfulWriter in the comments below.
Creating characters for young adult novels can be a real challenge. Here are four crucial tips to help you get back into the shoes of your high-school self.
Three years ago I officially began writing a book. That’s when the lie began. As my first draft grew to 50,000 words, the book changed from being a memoir based on my experiences as a fire eater to a novel. I kiddingly say that this was because no one would care about a fire...
Purely comic fiction may not sell well, but many novels that tackle serious topics with flashes of humor (like The Fault in Our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and more) do spectacularly, for good reason.