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2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

I have to admit: I was more than a little worried about yesterday’s poem. But it looks like most people survived it. In fact, there were some incredibly tight pieces that emerged yesterday. Let’s keep it rolling today. For today’s prompt, write an authority poem. Show More Summary

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

I’m not going to sugar coat it; today’s prompt is a little different. But hey, different can sometimes be good, right? (Crickets.) For today’s prompt, pick 2 vowels and write a poem using words that only contain one or both of those vowels. Show More Summary

Copywriting Crash Course: Learn the Basics of Writing Great Copy (and How to Find Paying Assignments!) – Free Webinar

Register Here  OVERVIEW: The secret is out … If you want to make a VERY good living as a writer, you should become a copywriter. What used to be a “closed profession” is now the biggest opportunity for writers thanks to the $2.3 trillion direct-response industry. Show More Summary

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

I’ve heard from a couple people about a problem with commenting on other poems. I’m forwarding to our tech team in the hopes of getting the issue resolved, because I know everyone can use as much positive reinforcement as possible. Let me say this generally though; the poems I’ve been reading this year have been knocking my socks off. Show More Summary

Writing Powerful Scenes and Stories with Just Two Characters

Stranded on a mountaintop? Shipwrecked on a deserted island? Can a story actually thrive with only two characters on the page for long stretches in a novel? Well yes. But it’s tricky. Here are some techniques I learned while writing my new release, Summer by Summer. The post Writing Powerful Scenes and Stories with Just Two Characters appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Private Eye

You're a private investigator who is down on his or her luck and hasn't had a client in months. Suddenly the phone rings. It's a kid. The kid proposes a silly case to you. Normally you wouldn't take such a ridiculous job (from a kid, no less), but you need the work, so you accept. Show More Summary

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Great job, everyone! We’ve made it past the half-way marker, and so many are still trucking along, making new friends, finding new favorite poets, and–hopefully–having fun! Let’s make the second half even more fulfilling than the first. Show More Summary

How to Write & Sell Your Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller Novel for Any Market – Webinar with Andrea Somberg

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Write & Sell Your Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller Novel for Any Market” — instructor and literary agent Andrea Somberg will teach you the ins and outs of the current market. The post How to Write & Sell Your Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller Novel for Any Market – Webinar with Andrea Somberg appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today, we’ll be half way through this challenge. It’s hard to believe, but April is flying by. For today’s prompt, pick an adjective, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. If you’re feeling stuck on this one, go back through your poems earlier this month and find adjectives you used–if any. Show More Summary

Tips for Writing and Selling Short Stories

“We are generally taught to build our stories with more words,” “100 Word Story” co-founder Grant Faulkner points out in the May/June 2015 Writer’s Digest article on writing flash, the shortest of short fiction. And he’s right. WhenShow More Summary

How to Choose Your Novel’s Title: Let Me Count 5 Ways

Would you buy a book called Trimalchio in West Egg? Scribner didn’t—the publisher asked F. Scott Fitzgerald to change the title of his novel, which we all know as The Great Gatsby. Readers judge a book not only by its cover but its title. Show More Summary

How to Choose a Genre When Writing (Sometimes the Genre Chooses You)

I should probably start by saying that the question of target audience is never in my mind as I write a novel. I make sure it’s not. If I let it creep in, it will do nothing but trip me up. The post How to Choose a Genre When Writing (Sometimes the Genre Chooses You) appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

New Literary Agent Alert: Leila Campoli of Stonesong Literary

She is seeking: prescriptive and narrative nonfiction projects in business, finance, investing, science, pop culture, and current events. Her ideal author has a strong platform, groundbreaking ideas, and unique style. She’s particularly interested in books that offer a window into remarkable lives and little known operations. Show More Summary

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

I’m headed back to Georgia today with Will and Hannah. So wish us luck, send good thoughts and prayers, and anything else you prefer. Here’s hoping we’ll have a safe voyage and a new prompt tomorrow morning. Speaking of gas prices, be sure to check out my debut poetry collection Solving the World’s Problems–if you haven’t already, that is. Show More Summary

April Showers Bring a Murder

Start your story with "April showers bring May flowers, at least, that's what my ______ used to tell me." Then end your story with story with, "And that, officer, is why I had to murder my ______." The post April Showers Bring a Murder appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

It’s an inexact science pairing up guest judges with prompts/days in the challenge. A few request days, but most don’t. I chose the 9th for today’s judge, because I learned that the release of the Kindle edition of her debut young adult novel is today! Yes, if you have a Kindle and are into novels, be sure to check out Alison Stine’s Supervision. Show More Summary

How To Introduce Your Hero—Speculative Version

Many novelists give little thought to how they bring their protagonist onstage for the first time. But this is very important. The post How To Introduce Your Hero—Speculative Version appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Your Story 66: Submit Now!

Prompt: Write a short story of 750 words or fewer based on the following prompt: Mommy, I don’t like this. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Write a short story, of 750 words or fewer, based on this prompt: A man opens his mailbox to find an envelope containing a set of instructions. Show More Summary

Finding Time to Write

When I wailed, “I want to be a writer!” my husband gave me the tough news. “Linda—a writer writes.” I had not made writing a priority. Here's what I did and what you can learn. The post Finding Time to Write appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Our first Monday of the challenge, and we’re not going to let it defeat us, right? Right? C’mon now, let’s get this week started off poetic! For today’s prompt, write a things-not-as-they-appear poem. Poetry is filled with metaphors, similes, symbols, and layered meanings, so this should be a softball prompt. Show More Summary

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