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    Why I Published 4 Novels in 6 Months

    Hi, WD community! Today we’re sharing a guest post from J.E. Fishman, a former editor and literary agent turned author. He has penned Dynamite: A Concise History of the NYPD Bomb Squad and … Read more

    Writing a Screenplay: Using Structure to Develop Your Ideas

    The following is a guest blog post by Fred Perry. Fred won first place in the screenplay category in the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. He has also received script requests, … Read more

    The Horror Genre: On Writing Horror and Avoiding Clichés

    “The three types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against … Read more

    Writing Gender-Specific Dialogue

    On Writing Romance

    Writing dialogue to suit the gender of your characters is important in any genre, but it becomes even more essential in romance writing. In a romance novel, characters of opposite sexes are … Read more

    5 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

    A new year, a new writerly you. New Year’s Day is a time for reflecting on the past year while thinking about the goals, wishes, and hopes for the new year ahead. … Read more

    How to Write a Reader-Friendly Essay

    Powerful, surprising, and fascinating personal essays are also “reader-friendly essays” that keep the reader squarely in focus. So how do you go about writing one? In this excerpt from Crafting the Personal … Read more

    Reject a Hit: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

    Let’s step once again into the role of the unconvinced, perhaps even curmudgeonly or fool-hearted editor: What harsh rejection letters might the authors of some of our favorite hit books have had to endure? This contribution comes from Chris Gay of Manchester, Conn., who found Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to be as tedious as a bowl of plum pudding. Read more

    Writing for the Young Adult Audience

    There’s no question about it: The young adult (YA) audience is a hot market, one that is steadily growing in popularity and garnering attention from young readers as well as literary critics. … Read more

    How (& Where) to Get a Short Story Published

    Fiction publishing creds are a great way to build your bio and propel your career. Here’s how—and where—to get them. Read more

    4 Ways to Revise as You Write

    Writers differ in their opinions of the revision process. Some balk at it–they see it as the “no fun” part of writing, and much prefer drafting and creation to fixing and rethinking. … Read more

    How to Write a Romance Novel: The Keys to Conflict

    Conflict is the core of any work of fiction. Here are tips to improve your romance novel’s conflict so it catches the eye of agents. Read more

    Write Fiction that Grabs Readers from Page One

    In your novel, the inciting incident is the first sign of trouble for your protagonist: it’s the catalyst, the chemical reaction, that sets the plot into motion. But the inciting incident isn’t … Read more

    Selling Your Book’s Movie and TV Rights – What You Need to Know

    If you’ve ever wondered how something gets made into a film—and how your work can be tapped for one, too—here’s the inside scoop on options. Read more

    What is the Throughline of a Novel? (And Why It’s Important You Have One)

    The best way to travel the length of your story is to grab hold of the throughline—the driving force of the book—and refuse to let go. Understand the throughline of your novel by studying these examples. Read more

    Namedropping: Finding Solid Names for Your Unique Characters

    What’s in a character’s name? Everything. Here’s how you, the writer, can master the neglected art of moniker-making. Read more

    The 3 Skills Every Successful Freelance Writer Must Have

    careers for english majors | freelance writing skills

    Today’s writing tip discusses freelancing for a living. If you are thinking about becoming a freelance writer and wondering what skills you need to survive within the freelancing world, today’s writing tip … Read more

    Writing 21st Century Fiction: A Sneak Peek

    Donald Maass, bestselling author of Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction, now takes an in-depth, comprehensive look at the craft and method of writing 21st century fiction. You might … Read more

    Questions to Ask (& Strengthen) Your Minor Characters

    If your supporting characters aren’t working toward an understanding of the main character or situation in some way, you might ask yourself what they’re really doing there, hogging time and space in your book. Here are questions to ask about your minor characters to make sure they have a purpose. Read more

    The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction

    fiction writing | getting published

    Do you wonder want readers want? In today’s writing tip, you’ll discover the 21 key traits of best-selling fiction excerpted from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr. The 21 … Read more

    16 Blogging Tips For Writing Fresh Content & Attracting Readers

    Get Published With an Author's Platform | Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz

    If you already write a blog or are thinking of creating one, you’ll need to know how to attract and keep your readers interested. Today’s tip comes from Christina Katz’s book Get … Read more

    Meet the Real Andre Dubus III

    He did not set out to follow in his famous father’s footsteps, nor is he as dark and brooding as his own House of Sand and Fog. And those are just the first of many things that will surprise you about the bestseller. Read more

    Starting a Freelance Career: A Couple Frequently Asked Questions

    How Do I Write & Sell Short Fiction

    Are you new to writing and exploring what type of writing you want to do? This eBook excerpt, How Do I Start a Freelance Career?, from the Beginning Writer’s Answer Book, covers everything … Read more

    Create Structure in Your Fiction Using Index Cards

    I was reading through some of our older science fiction titles, and I came upon Worlds of Wonder by David Gerrold (published in 2001). As I was flipping through the book, I … Read more

    How to Write Like Sandra Brown, RL Stine & David Morrell

    Sandra Brown, R.L. Stine and David Morrell got together for a chat on the craft of writing. Here are their writing processes and where they get their ideas. Read more

    5 Ways to Balance Writing and Life

    In her insightful panel “Life or Work? Balancing Life’s Demands With Writing,” moderator Joan Johnston (Shattered, Hawk’s Way) quizzed a group of established publishing pros about how, exactly, you can quiet daily demands so that you can get those voices in your head down on the page and into the hands of readers. Read more

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