Declaring that you’re planning on writing a trilogy and crafting a successful one are not quite the same thing. Having just completed his own fantasy trilogy, Dan Koboldt shares what he learned in the process, book by book.
Screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter dig into details about the development and writing behind their Oscar-nominated comedy, The Disaster Artist.
Even if you’re focused on writing a novel, writing short stories can be a wonderful creativity tool to help you strengthen elements of your fiction, experiment with characters and simply stay loose.
Citing a poem by Langston Hughes, Aaron Bauer reflects on Black History Month as an impetus to search out black authors whose poetry and prose will stick with readers long after February ends.
A reality violation occurs when something you’ve written is at odds with the way the world works—either the actual physical world (if you write realism), or the imaginary world (if you do world-building, as in sci-fi or fantasy). Here's how to detect and fix them.
This video series follows author Jeff Somers (Writing Without Rules, coming from WD Books in May 2018) as he begins and works on a new science fiction novel, tentatively titled Rough Beast.
Every writer needs support and encouragement. Lynn Dickinson's advice will support and assist you in creating a powerful and useful writing tool – an effective Vision of your Ideal Writing Life.
Are you considering writing a series? Here, Bette Lee Crosby offers some of the benefits and challenges of composing more than one novel in the same universe.
Victoria Laurie hit the ground running with her debut novel Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, and her career hasn’t slowed down since. She has multiple bestselling titles, and her latest novel, When, has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a TV adaptation. We talked to Laurie about writing mysteries, writing realistic psychics, and...
A good book promo video can go viral and help your book reach new audiences, but a bad one may do the opposite. Here are some key considerations and steps to successfully produce and distribute a book trailer that sells your book.
David Goyer, who co-wrote Batman Begins with director Christopher Nolan, reflects on the creative choices he and Nolan made in bringing the darkest of the DC Comics’ characters to life.
When you're writing a self-help book, make sure to do your research. Here are five tips to help ensure that your nonfiction work holds up against a critical eye.
Looking to improve your writing? When Tim Knox's clients ask him how to become better writers, he offers these six get-started tips.
Ursula K. Le Guin passed away on January 22, 2018 at the age of 88. In May 2001 2001, Writer's Digest had the honor of speaking with Le Guin about her process, her inspiration and her impressive body of work. Read the story here.
Story analyst Joel Haber explains the process of adaptation: How it’s done, and how practice makes perfect. If you're a screenwriter or novelist, Haber's insights are a must-read.
Natalie D-Nalopeon discusses valuable lessons learned and victories from a year in which she aimed to reach 101 rejections for her writing.
Laura Oles discusses her considerations for transforming her favorite weekend getaway, Port Aransas, Tex., into a setting for her mystery novel.
Writer-director Douglas McGrath chats about "shrinking" Dickens' classic, Nicholas Nickleby, into a Golden Globe nominee.
It can be impossible to write and worry about what other people will think of your work. Here, William Kenower offers thoughts on overcoming the need to focus on those external opinions.
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova writes novels chronicling the fate of ordinary people who are diagnosed with extraordinary and often fatal neurological diseases.
The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If you're looking to sell a short story, personal essay or a poem that's already been published, there’s a good chance you can sell it again. Learn how.
Why is it so hard for us to put pen to page, even though we say we want to do it? Writing shouldn’t feel like this much of a struggle, but it is… even if we love it and we dedicate our lives to it. This problem stems from a series...
The Third Act can make or break your screenplay. As films explore new territory in terms of plot and storytelling, the craft of writing them becomes more of a challenge.
Having trouble getting started on writing your life story? Answer these ten easy writing prompts, and the answers will be the framework to your story.
Today is the anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday in 1892. Watch this video to learn what inspired the creation of his iconic novel The Hobbit.