Becoming a masochist early on – embracing the pain to the point of enjoyment - may be the single best investment an aspiring writer can make. The pain takes many shapes, all of them useful along the writer’s path.
Here are 10 smart, yet simple ways for every writer—from novelists to journalists to poets—to enrich his or her mind and become better at cultivating ideas and putting them to the page.
I've always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here's why.
All the editors on Writer’s Digest staff aren’t just 9-5 editors, we are also writers and storytellers—which is why we are so passionate about writing and publishing. “WD Editors Are Writers Too” is a column on this blog to give you a sneak peek at the folks who lead the WD community—including their quirks,...
Meeting characters in a novel is very much like meeting people in real life. When we start reading a book, it’s as if we moved to a new town and were meeting a whole bunch of new people at the same time. Your job as a writer is to create that town and populate...
Point of view is among the least understood craft challenges but, along with the related question of narrative distance, it is perhaps the most powerful in effecting readers’ emotions. Here are tips on writing POV.
After you publish any short piece, consider taking steps in two main categories (other than just Facebook or Twitter) to help your work reach an audience.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing and Selling Children's Books” — instructor and senior literary agent Jennifer Laughran will reveal "trade secrets" of the kids book biz and critique your work.
Dimensional characters are born from drama—not description. Here’s why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time.
To celebrate National Short Story Month, Grant will join us this Friday, May 1, on our Facebook page and answer your questions about short story writing from 9 a.m - 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Here's how it will work ...
The process of finding a literary agent or publisher is grueling and filled with rejection land mines. And, once published, there is no guarantee a book will be successful or that an author will sell a second book. A writer must be prepared for rejection every step of the way.
I was forty-three when I wrote my first novel and realized I’d found my passion. Several years and four novels later, I finally decided to land an agent and get published. Here's how I found success.
The story of meeting my agent, Barbara Poelle, takes place over an afternoon webinar -- and it changed my life forever. Here's how a webinar helped me land my agents (and, eventually, a book deal).
On a chilly winter’s eve back in 2013, my forlorn, un-agented self was perusing Janet Reid’s blog. I kept noticing the Query Shark speak in a teasingly scathing tone of another agent. An agent who had been driving her mad of late, yanking riches out from under her well-primed nose. That agent’s name was...
Well, hello there! I'm an agent. Aloof and hard to snare, like this season's Prada bag or a yeti. I know what you're wondering: How do you stand out in a query in box along with the 497 other queries? I have the secrets here.
Stranded on a mountaintop? Shipwrecked on a deserted island? Can a story actually thrive with only two characters on the page for long stretches in a novel? Well yes. But it’s tricky. Here are some techniques I learned while writing my new release, Summer by Summer.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing the Memoir that Can Sell: How to Attract Agents & Editors to Your Story” — instructor and literary agent Regina Brooks will explain what sells (and why) and how you can get your memoir published.
I should probably start by saying that the question of target audience is never in my mind as I write a novel. I make sure it’s not. If I let it creep in, it will do nothing but trip me up.
Many novelists give little thought to how they bring their protagonist onstage for the first time. But this is very important.
When I wailed, “I want to be a writer!” my husband gave me the tough news. “Linda—a writer writes.” I had not made writing a priority. Here's what I did and what you can learn.
Getting in one’s own way is a problem I think most writers suffer with from time to time. Here's how to get out of your way and get writing.
The year I turned 20 I sat down and made out my bucket list, jotting down the decade birthdays—30th, 40th, 50th, and so on—and beneath each entry what I hoped to have accomplished by that date. Longevity not being a strong family trait, I figured I had maybe five decades to make my life’s...
In this live 90-minute webinar, instructor and literary agent Marisa Corvisiero will brief authors on how to submit their work and show them how to carefully prepare the best submission package that will get the attention of reviewing agents and editors.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Write & Sell Your Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller Novel for Any Market” — instructor and literary agent Andrea Somberg will teach you the ins and outs of the current market.
When writing about vampires, the key is to avoid making them cliche. Here's how to do that.