I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve gotten the note: “Make your character less difficult. She’s not likable enough.” I didn’t do it on purpose; it’s just that my female characters tend to be complex, like the women I know. It happened when the female leads were opinionated. They had standards and held fast […]
This morning’s Editor’s Clinic, the opening pages of a novel, follows the protagonist, Sylvie, as she sinks into a panic attack triggered by seeing her third-grade daughter picked up by her soccer coach. It’s a sharp opening, tense in its own right and implying a dramatic backstory — why should seeing Coach’s innocent play trigger […]
Today I'm talking about “show, don't tell,” one of the most common adages thrown around in the writing community, and one of the most confusing. I'm going to try and cut through the noise and keep this simple. Watch the video below or here on YouTube. There are two main mistakes that new writers make. […]
6 Breaking In authors discuss the makings of their author platforms—or lack thereof—and how they best connect with readers. The post Brand Basics: 6 Debut Authors Discuss Their Author Platforms and Connecting with Readers appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
We're always delighted to include fun puzzles and games for writers in the back of each issue of Writer's Digest. The May/June 2018 issue includes a crossword puzzle, and now we've brought it to our readers on the web. Play the puzzle...Show More Summary
This year, to accompany our annual list of 101 Best Websites for Writers, we decided to put together a list of what we think are the best podcasts for writers. Here are our favorites—let us know if you have any additional suggestions! The post Tune In: 23 Best Podcasts for Writers appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
If you haven't visited the Writer's Digest forums in the last year or read any of his books, you may not know much about author and educator Paul Swearingen. But for many members of the Writer's Digest community, Paul acted as a shepherd...Show More Summary
The Lutheran church where I’m organist uses an electronic instrument in a choir loft above the sanctuary. The organ’s three huge speaker banks are hung off the loft rail so they project out over the congregation. Which is fine, except that when the congregation is going all out (Lutherans tend to be full-throated singers), I […]
Why don’t we like to read happy books? Why aren’t there more? Not just books with happy parts or endings, but books about people who are genuinely happy? Column by Annie Neugebauer March 20 is the International Day of Happiness! My first...Show More Summary
For World Storytelling Day, share the best story you've ever heard or told by word of mouth, or have a fictional character recount their favorite story. The post Spoken Stories appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
The first draft always feels like the hardest part to finish...until you start the second draft. Get through the second-draft slump with these tips. Column by Justin Hunter Some people say starting is the hardest part. I say all of it is the hardest part. Show More Summary
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Writers, send your prologue/first chapter to FtQ for a “flogging” critique. Email as an attachment. Many of the folks who utilize BookBub are self-published, and because we hear over and over the need for self-published authors to have their work...
I recently did a critique for a good writer and in our correspondence she mentioned that she had been studying the first few sentences from a number of Stephen King novels to see how he did it, and then she...
Feel the thunderous reverberations of authors and industry pros working to broaden our perspectives—as writers and readers alike. Plus, learn how underrepresented voices are rising in the writing world. The post ROAR: Writer’s Digest Turns Up the Volume on Underrepresented Voices in the Writing World appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
With Twitter-based pitch events such as #PitchWars and #PitMad so immensely popular, it’s only fitting that #DVpit has now joined their ranks. Created in 2016 by agent Beth Phelan, the hashtag aims to “showcase pitches from marginalized...Show More Summary
Learn the ABCs of how to develop content for your new author blog in the May/June 2018 Writer’s Digest, and follow these basic steps to give your website a firm foundation—which is, actually, a lot like building a house. The post Home Base: Follow These 4 Basic Steps to Begin Building Your Author Blog appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
Got a book coming out and no money for a publicist? Here are some things I learned hawking my own wares. Column by Joshua Chaplinsky Unflattering picture of author provided by author In 2015 I wrote a parody novel called Kanye West—Reanimator. Show More Summary
In honor of the long-awaited release of Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time", we take a look at some other classic YA books that helped shape a genre. Column by Meredith Borders Today Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters, the big-budget feature film adaptation that fans have been waiting for since, oh, about 1962 or so. Show More Summary
A prolific Edgar Award–winner, Mindy McGinnis’ stories cross subgenres of young adult fiction, from fantasy to dystopian to contemporary. Here, WD talks with her about the unique aspects of her work, including the way she addresses rape...Show More Summary