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How to Write Better Villains: 5 Ways to Get Into the Mind of a Psychopath

In New York Times bestselling author Peter James’s latest Detective Roy Grace novel, much of the narrative is from the point of view of antagonist Jodie Bentley, a psychopathic Black Widow systematically marrying rich men and killing them in the most sinister of ways. Show More Summary

Weekly Round-Up: Get Organized, Get Your Idea, and Get Writing

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 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

21 Literary Agents Seeking Young Adult Contemporary Fiction NOW

[Intro text will go here.] 1. Lauren Spieller (Triada US Literary Agency) Notes: No specific notes given. How to Submit: Send queries to lauren [at] triadaus.com, and take a look at the agency’s full submission guidelines. 2. Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative Management) Notes: No specific notes given. Show More Summary

Author Peter Ash Discusses Building a Strong Protagonist

People don’t read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the science, and no one watches Forrest Gump for seafood recipes. Character is what truly makes an audience turn a page or turn up the volume. Thus, I am so pleased to sit down with...Show More Summary

When Truth Is Stranger Than (Children’s) Fiction

BY JOY LANZENDORFER Some children’s books are so original they seem to have sprung from the author’s imagination alone. But no matter the genre, writers use personal experiences in their work. It may surprise you to learn these beloved children’s stories are actually inspired by real life. Show More Summary

How to Craft Query Letters & Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed — Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts January 17, 2017

This Writer’s Digest Boot Camp, "How to Craft Query Letters and Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed" (starts Jan. 17, 2017), is designed to help you streamline your submission materials to stand out in a good way. The post How...Show More Summary

Brainstorming for Story Ideas

The best beginnings are based on strong story ideas that immediately set the book apart from all others of its ilk. If you have a bad feeling that your story idea is not compelling or unique enough to hook agents or editors, much less readers, then this post is just for you. Show More Summary

14 Literary Agents Seeking Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of early 2017. This list is for contemporary middle grade fiction. Show More Summary

Worst Memoir Opening Line

You've been tasked with ghostwriting a memoir for an extremely unusual person. You come up with many opening lines to the book, but one of them you write as a joke just to amuse yourself at how absurd the person's story is. But now that person wants you to use that line. Share it below. The post Worst Memoir Opening Line appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Smart Ways to Get Organized and Be Productive

Take it from me: The moment it dawns on you that you’re failing at something is not a good time to start keeping track of your efforts. And the moment it sinks in that you’re succeeding? Well, that’s not a great time to get your act together either. Show More Summary

Your Story #80: Submit Now!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Use the submission form below OR email your submission directly to yourstorycontest@fwmedia.com. Show More Summary

Weekly Round-up: New Approaches for the New Year

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 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

Something to Consider Before You Hire a Book Editor

Make sure that your story is as close to perfection as you could dream before you self publish or pitch to an agent. Here are things to consider. The post Something to Consider Before You Hire a Book Editor appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

7 Literary Agents Seeking Women’s Fiction NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of early 2017. This list is for women’s fiction. Show More Summary

An Easier, More Meaningful Approach to Your Writing Resolutions

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions—not because I don’t believe in trying to make a change or to work toward a goal, but simply because I don’t believe in waiting to flip a calendar page to do it. I’m just as likely to reboot...Show More Summary

Getting the Details Right: Depression

BY NAOMI ELSTER Misunderstandings about mental illness can lead to inaccurate writing and contribute to widespread misconceptions about those with a real affliction. While characters who suffer from depression are plentiful in fiction, a faulty portrayal of the disorder can weaken a writer’s work. Show More Summary

The Inspiring Power of Freewriting

As a writer, your constant companion is the blank page. Yet no matter how many times you face it and commit to penetrating its force field, you might still feel your hair blowing back and every fiber of your being resisting the task at hand. Show More Summary

Craft Query Letters and a Submission Package That Gets Noticed — Here’s How

When your submission materials – a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book proposal – arrive in an agent’s inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent (or the agent’s assistant) will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection. Show More Summary

7 Ways to Make a Young Reader’s Hair Stand Up

There are some techniques seasoned writers use to create that tension. Here are seven ways to accomplish building tension in your novel. The post 7 Ways to Make a Young Reader’s Hair Stand Up appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 378

For today’s prompt, write a something new poem. New toys, new car, new house, new relationship, new experiences–if it’s new, write it. Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Show More Summary

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