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Flog a BookBubber 106: L.D. Beyer

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...

An Affective Singularity

Today’s guest post, an affective singularity, comes from Nate Pritts, who shared why he writes poetry back in July (click here to read). Nate Pritts is the Director and Founding Editor of H_NGM_N (2001), an independent publishing house...Show More Summary

5 Bizarro Books That Should Be Movies

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Hollywood needs to go bizarro and make these five movies. Column by Christoph Paul I’m very excited to see the horror movie Happy Death Day, due in large part to its similarities to a cool Bizarro book by Tiffany Scandal that came out this year called Shit Luck. Show More Summary

The Good Engine

I know you and I know your engine. Your engine runs on truth and light and nothing else works, I've seen you try and fill it with the kind of lies people want to hear and it was like watching someone fill their gas tank with sugar. Sweet, but going nowhere.

Why We Write

The Prompt: This week's writing prompt is a little bit different than usual. Instead of telling us a fictional tale, we'd like to hear the why behind your love of writing. Share in the comments—in under 500 words—the reason behind your love of writing. Show More Summary

Lessons Learned from Ruby Dixon: How to Write Sex Scenes That Readers Can’t and Won’t Skip

  Write fiction for long enough, and eventually you’re going to land on a storyline that requires you to address a sexual relationship between characters. If you write in a sweet, mannerly style in which sex only happens once all major story questions and conflicts are addressed, you might get away with writing closed-door sex […]

New Literary Agent Alert: Lexi Wangler of Massie & McQuilkin

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Lexi Wangler of Massie & McQuilkin) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Lexi: Lexi Wangler is a junior agent and foreign rights associate at Massie & McQuilkin. Show More Summary

How To Find Creative Focus With Jessica Abel

We're all busy and life seems increasingly chaotic, so how do we find the time and focus to write? In today's show, I talk to Jessica Abel, a comic book artist turned prose writer and creative teacher, about finding your focus and moving past procrastination to get your creative work done. In the intro, I mention […]

Writer’s Digest Radio: A Classical Playlist for Writing

This selection of classical tunes is the first in a series of playlists for writing, based on the recommendations of Writer's Digest social media followers. The post Writer’s Digest Radio: A Classical Playlist for Writing appeared first on

What Color Are Your Ideas?

How comfortable should you be writing from perspectives outside of your culture, gender, sexuality, race, class or other background that isn’t yours? The post What Color Are Your Ideas? appeared first on

Sexual Tension in Fiction

Please welcome Michael Mohr to WU today, to talk about something that may be in most of our books, at least to some degree: sexual tension. A little about Michael, from his bio: Michael is a Bay Area writer, former literary agent’s assistant and freelance book editor. His fiction has been published in the following: […]

Weekly Round-Up: A Very Good Place to Start

Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Show More Summary

Writing What You (Hope Never To) Know: Empathy, Perception, Projection

A few years ago I went to visit a friend I’d not seen in a while to say a quick hello on my way to a lunch. I was dressed in my favorite jeans and top, and I even wore makeup and managed to blow-dry my hair all shiny. I was then as I still […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Podcast Your Fiction

Storytelling has gone hand in hand with the audio format since our ancestors told each other stories around the campfire. I can remember lying in bed listening to Peter and the Wolf on tape, and before I wrote fiction, I listened to audio fiction podcasts like Scott Sigler's Infected and 7th Son by JC Hutchins, […]

How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing

by Grant Faulkner When I first became a writer, I marveled at the magical worlds my favorite authors created—their lyrical prose, their riveting plots, their piercing characterizations. They wrote with such grace, such ease, that it seemed as if they’d been born to it, blessed with a talent and anointed by a higher power. Show More Summary

Correction: Your Story #82

We made a deeply regrettable error in our November/December Your Story column, where we incorrectly attributed one of the winners in Contest #82 as Marlene Seielstad when it should have been Lindsay Neadow. The winning entry is as follows:...Show More Summary

If you like Scrabble, wait 'til you see FlipIt

I have no submissions for flogging, and the BookBub offers were generally unappealing, so I thought I'd give you a look at another aspect of my creative output. You'll soon be seeing here an announcement of a Kickstarter campaign to...

Anatomy of a Mini Flash Novel Experiment: Angel Dust

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"Planet Grim" Author Alex Behr turns prompts into experimental prose. Column by Alex Behr Photo: Seaview, WA, in November (Alex Behr) At a flash fiction class at The Attic in Portland, OR, poet/screenwriter/overall godhead David Ciminello led us through prompts. Show More Summary

Voices of the Dead: In Memories and Literary Prose

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David Cranmer explores how literary authors Chekov, Amis, and Greene portray death in their fiction, interweaving his own experiences with the dead and why realism is compulsory in his reading. Column by David Cranmer When the family...Show More Summary

The ABCs of Story: Plots, Subplots, and Sub-Subplots

The arrangement of a narrative is often singular in its focus: It details the peaks and valleys, dips and pivots, of a single story. But a single story needn’t be such a direct thrust. Imagine the metaphor of a roller coaster, but now...Show More Summary

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