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Framing Your Memoir: 3 Parameters You Need to Know

Without having a clear framework in mind before you begin your story, you risk losing sight of why you started writing your memoir in the first place. Here's help determining your framework.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 299

I’ve been a bit careless today. You see, I took the day off (the kids got a snow day today), and I didn’t get my poem-prompt written this morning. However, I’ve still got a solid 30 minutes of writing time left, soooooo… For this week’s prompt, write a careless poem. Show More Summary

5 Surprising Insights About Writing for Money in 2015

Today I’d like to share a few insights about writing for money in 2015--including where you’ll find the best clients, where you’ll find the biggest growth opportunities, and what the competition will look like this year.

New Literary Agent Alert: Amanda Leuck of Spencerhill Associates

Amanda is seeking: strong, character-driven stories, written with an unforgettable voice. She’s looking for literary and commercial YA, new adult fiction, urban fantasy, and romance in all genres, including edgy romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal with a fresh twist.

Are You a Born Storyteller?

I had a dear friend who had a gift for telling stories about her day. She’d launch into one, and suddenly everyone around her would hush up and lean in, knowing that whatever followed would be pure entertainment. A story of encountering a deer on the highway would involve interludes from the deer’s point of view. Show More Summary

Why Every Writer Should Keep a Travel Journal

When I moved to India in 2010, I didn’t consider myself a travel writer. I was a freelance essayist who wrote about family and social issues. But that didn't stop me--and that shouldn't stop you either.

Dorothy Parker’s Lessons in Self-Doubt

BY ELLEN MEISTER When my adult writing students confess their struggles with self-doubt, they usually look panicked. I can’t possibly be a real writer, their eyes seem to say. I’m just never sure what I’m doing is right. That’s when I explain that self-doubt is the fuel that drives us forward. Show More Summary

Your Mom’s Unexpected Story

Your mom is in poor health and you spend extra time at her apartment taking care of her. While getting her out of bed and into her chair one day, she thanks you for all your help. Then she says that she needs to tell you a story about her past, one that you don't know, and one that will change everything.

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Paradelle

First poetic form challenge of 2015, and it’s a doozy! This time, we’ll be tackling the paradelle. Click here to check out how to write a paradelle. This crazy form created by Billy Collins started as a joke, but it’s target audience (poets!) are gluttons for punishment and a real poetic challenge. Show More Summary

Your Story 65: Submit Now!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 750 words or fewer, that begins with the following sentence: Love gets him into more trouble than hate ever could. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Use the submission...Show More Summary

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Gogyohka Winner

Thank you to everyone who submitted a gogyohka! I’ve been sitting on the winner and already have the erasure winner ready too (look for that next week). My initial short list included nearly 50 poems, so it was crazy competitive (like usual). Show More Summary

Crafting Personal Pain: Close Your Journal and Open Your Toolbox

In early interviews, the questions I was most often asked were around the facts of my anorexia itself: How long did it take you to realize you were still ill? Why was it so hard for you to meet your basic needs? But along the way one interviewer asked a question which really stuck with me: “Was writing your book cathartic?” To which I said both yes and no.

Snow Shoveling Showdown

You're outside shoveling your own driveway when you decide, as a kind gesture, to shovel your neighbor's driveway too. Just then a group of teenagers with shovels show up and threaten you, claiming that this is "their turf." What do you do?

Advice from a Million-Dollar Copywriter and Bestselling Author

Mark Ford is a self-made millionaire, a New York Times bestselling author under his pen name Michael Masterson, and a successful business builder. It’s safe to say, when it comes to good advice on making a living as a writer, you can’t find much better …

Successfully Publishing Your First Novel in the 21st Century – Webinar with Carly Watters

It has never been more difficult to get traditionally published and make your writing stand out than right now. Literary agent Carly Watters has years of experience launching debut authors. In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Successfully...Show More Summary

Take Your Writing Further: How to Get the Most Out of Writing Exercises

The following is a guest post from one of WD’s bloggers from our NaNoWriMo project, EJ Runyon. In this post, EJ describes the importance of moving past using writing exercises and learning how to turn the exercises into usable content for your work-in-progress. Show More Summary

The Dark Side of Being a Bestseller

Bestsellers carry secrets (and if they were to share a few it might be these).

4 Ways to Start Making a Living as a Writer Now

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. www.awaionline.com. When a writer — or aspiring writer — asks me about the...Show More Summary

When Characters Become People

As a former motion picture executive and current instructor of fiction writing, I’ve heard too often the incorrect definition of a sympathetic character. It is not necessarily someone we like. It is not necessarily someone we admire as a doer of good deeds. Show More Summary

The Utility (and Trappings) of the Novel Outline

I’ve been selling books for more than fifteen years and learning to write novels even longer. Of all the author readings and Q&A sessions I’ve hosted (and attended), one of the most common questions among beginning writers, even curious readers, is this: Do you start with an outline? You’ve heard the pros and cons. Show More Summary

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