Sharing personal stories can be a way to heal ourselves and also help others on a similar journey. In today's show, I talk to Rachael Herron about writing memoir. In the introduction, I talk about the potential rise of Amazon Polly for text to speech and give an example of a reading done through www.Book2Pod.com. […]
Yesterday morning I cried over a book’s ending. I’m talking wet cheeks, sobs that were more like gasps for breath, and needing to blow my nose. Crying ugly, as it’s aptly called. While that sinks in, let me assert that I consider myself fairly open online, particularly in this forum. Here among my fellow WU […]
Claire Draper is a new literary agent at InkWell Management. She’s studied Queer Diversity in Children’s Literature at New York University. Before becoming an agent, she interned at Rare Bird Lit, InkWell Management and the Children’s Book Council. Show More Summary
When Ernest Cline pitched his debut novel Ready Player One in 2011, it went to a bidding war, immediately sold novel and movie rights, rapidly advanced to bestseller lists, and ultimately signed Spielberg to direct the movie which releases next month. The novel is set in 2045, a dystopian world where the only escape is to a virtual reality […]
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. The post Short Training for Your Long Game: How Writing Short Stories Can Help You Hone Your Novel-Writing Skills appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
Next time you have those tiny nagging story ideas in your head, don’t ignore them. Act on them! Use them as fuel, as inspiration. Do the research and find your story. The post A Spark to a Story: Listen to Your Instincts to Find Story Ideas appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
Our thanks to author DiAnn Mills for supporting WU this month! As a thank you for her month-long ad buy, we’d like to tell you a bit about her new novel, HIGH TREASON: When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all […]
Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Sometime in your writing career, you’re going to be faced with a deadline you can’t meet. The best advice for dealing with this, of course, is […]
Because Diversity Is So…Diverse If you’ve ever flown to New Delhi, you’ll have encountered one of the more peculiar time-zone anomalies in world travel: The mighty capital of India is not just 10 hours ahead of Eastern time, it’s 10 hours and 30 minutes ahead. Like Tehran, New Delhi has a half-hour time change atop […]
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. The post Langston Hughes, Singing America: Thoughts on Authorship and the Importance of Black History Month appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
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...Show More Summary
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. The post Jeff Somers and the Rough Beast, Episode 1: How to Write a Novel appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned pro, participating in a critique group is beneficial in many ways. Here are four critical ones. The post Finding Your Squad: 4 Benefits of Joining a Critique Group appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
Did you binge watch "The Crown"? Are yearning for something more? Get your fix from this royal list! Column by Stephanie Bonjack Thank you Netflix for reminding me that no, my obsession with all things fancy and British was not just a thing of my childhood. Show More Summary
While online marketing is the international indie author's friend, it's hard to stand out in a sea of thumbnails. Attending events in person can help you connect with other authors and sell some books in the process. In today's article, Kyle Burbank explains how he has used events to sell more books. Everyone knows that, over […]
In this column, Leslie Cohen shares the humorous take of her quest to make the New York Society Library her new writing hangout—and make a few friends along the way. The post Mean Ladies: One Writer’s Search for Fun & Friendship at New York’s Oldest Library appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
A look back at the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in 'Dark Empire' as compared to 'The Last Jedi.' Column by Bart Bishop Released more than 25 years ago, the comic book mini-series Star Wars: Dark Empire by writer Tom Veitch and artist Cam Kennedy is notable for many reasons. Show More Summary
My son, a fourteen-year-old high school freshman (with a hyperactive amygdala and a sleepy frontal lobe) plays the viola. My daughter, a thirteen-year-old seventh grader (whose frontal lobe is only slightly less sleepy) plays the violin. The important information in those sentences is not that my children’s brains are akin to those of prehistoric reptiles, […]
Some folks are riding solo this Valentine's. And whether that's by choice, by chance, or by circumstance, lots of them are loving it. Column by Peter Derk When you say "There are some great things about single life," people look at you...Show More Summary
For today’s prompt, write a valentine poem. Because, well, look at the date. If you don’t have flowers, a card, chocolates, don’t fret: Write a valentine poem. If you don’t have a valentine, write a poem to the person (even if imaginary) that you wish was your valentine. Show More Summary