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Wrestling Alligators: On Embracing Curiosity

BY LIZ CRAIN GIVEAWAY: Liz is excited to give away a free copy of the second edition of her just released book, Food Lover’s Guide to Portland, to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in the US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. The summers that I was 6 and 7 years old in early ’80s, I went […]

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a same poem. I guess it could be the same old poem, but it could be a completely different poem that looks at a person or thing or system that is still the same. Or maybe a poem about how all people are the same. Or take the “same” concept and show how things are not the same. And that opens up a universe of possibilities. […]

When Your Novel Writing Clicks

Light-bulb moments. Aha moments. Flashes of recognition. Revelations. Call them whatever you like. I like to think of them as clicks. In the writing life, the best kind of click is that moment something makes you realize exactly what’s been missing from the not-quite-right scene you’ve been working on. Show More Summary

Baby Blues

After an extreme evening of fun you wake up feeling groggy and fall over. The ground greets you much quicker than usual. You waddle over to a low-lying mirror and see that you’re a baby, but remember everything. You parent’s voice is lilting up the stairs. What do you attempt to tell them? How did this happen?

4 Approaches for the First Chapter of Your Novel

There are four primary approaches for beginning a successful novel. Probably more, including some highly experimental ones, but these are the classic main four. Run your story idea through the filter of each of these and see if one of them feels right for your book.

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Nina Darnton

Nina Darnton is the author of the new acclaimed suspense novel, THE PERFECT MOTHER. Here she shares 7 pieces of writing advice.

How I Got My Literary Agent: Lisa Doyle

GIVEAWAY: Lisa is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. Lisa Doyle is the author of MILKED, a new novel from Simon & Fig.

One More Week: Staying Motivated at the End of NaNoWriMo

Let’s face it, writing is hard. Trying to focus and write a novel in a month? It sounds impossible. And exhausting. Here’s the good news, though: If you’ve stuck with your schedule during National Novel Writing Month, you’ve only got a week left. Show More Summary

How to Effectively Price Writing Projects and Negotiate the Best Fees

Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. This month we’ve tackled two important steps to making a living as a writer: How to find the best-paying assignments. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Melissa Edwards of The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency

Melissa is interested in reading international thrillers with likeable and arresting protagonists, lighthearted women's fiction and YA, female-driven (possibly small-town) suspense, and completely immersive fantasy.

Sell Your Children’s Book: How to Write Amazing Novels & Picture Books for Kids — Dec. 5 WD Boot Camp (with Critique)

Agents from Jennifer De Chiara Literary are teaching the newest WD boot camp on Dec. 5 called "Sell Your Children's Book." All attendees get a critique from the agent instructors.

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I’ll Be (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “I’ll Be Back,” “I’ll Be Late for Dinner,”...Show More Summary

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write an alone poem. Some people covet “alone time.” Others prefer not to be left alone. Many like a certain balance. But this doesn’t have to just be about people. Maybe a forest wishes to be left alone, or there is a product left alone on a store shelf (how the children’s story “Corduroy” begins). Show More Summary

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, pick a direction on the compass, make it the title of your poem, and write that poem. North, South, West, and East are easy directions. Then, there’s Southwest, Northeast, and so on. Then, there are the directions that are completely invented. Show More Summary

Erasure and Blackout Poems: Poetic Forms

One form I’ve been meaning to get to for a while is the blackout poem and also the erasure poem. Both are sort of similar with the major difference being in presentation, I suppose. Or it’s kind of like rectangles and squares. You see, all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. Show More Summary

The NaNoWriMo Progress Report: How Are You Feeling?

Just about three weeks of participating in National Novel Writing Month can leave even the best, consistently faithful writer sleep-deprived, ornery, and a little nonsensical. But if you’ve made it this far, that’s something worth celebrating. Show More Summary

The Power of Journaling

Overcoming a painful past usually involves sharing one’s story and the associated feelings. Developing insight into past hurts, and connecting the dots between then and now enables one to make better choices moving forward. Journal writing is a powerful tool that opens the path to greater insight and self-knowledge. Show More Summary

How to Land New Clients

When it comes to making a living as a writer, it’s not about getting the occasional writing gig... You’re looking for ongoing clients … people who can give you assignment after assignment … so that you can focus on what you do best – writing!

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

I’m not sure how November always gets away from me so fast. Maybe it’s the beginning of the Market Book cycle; maybe it’s this challenge; but November often seems to be nearly over before I get my bearings on the month. For today’s prompt, write an excuse poem. Show More Summary

Oh the Choices

Two objects sit before you: a golden hammer and a cup of what seems to be water. A note on the wall says: “Go ahead, make your choice. The outcome will decide whether you’re ready or not.” Ready for what? What is this place? Why these objects? Which will you choose?

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