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5 Steps to Surviving Your Copy Edit

You might think that editors who are also writers aren’t at all bothered by being edited. The truth? We understand the importance of being edited probably more than some other writers. We also know going in how key it is to choose our...Show More Summary

The Biggest Mistake New Writers Make

I wrote the first draft of my novel by hand, which I realize is slightly insane. Every morning I would wake up at five o’clock (or as I like to call it, o’dark o’clock), write three pages, and then go on with my day. Well, that’s a very simplified version, but for the sake of brevity, let’s say that’s what I did. Show More Summary

6 Golden Rules of Writing Middle Grade

How can you—a grown-up (gasp!)—effectively write the middle-grade voice? Here's how. The post 6 Golden Rules of Writing Middle Grade appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Writing Contest Conundrum: To Enter or Not to Enter?

This is how it goes in your head: You enter a writing contest, win it, and ride that wave of success to glorious bestsellerdom. Or maybe it’s more like this: You don’t win the contest, but you get a priceless, insightful critique from a seasoned judge. Show More Summary

Stranger-Than-Fiction Writing Habits of 18 Famous Writers

Sometimes the muse works in mysterious ways. But these well-known writers prove that when it comes to writing, thinking outside the box—and in the case of Vladimir Nabokov’s “shoebox method,” quite literally so—can provide the richest inspiration. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 359

For today’s prompt, write an uncontrollable poem. Originally, I was thinking of situations that happen in which no one has control–things like earthquakes, storms, and singing along to catchy songs. But then, there are so many other daily things in which many feel they have no control. Show More Summary

5 Must-Attend Sessions at the Writer’s Digest NYC Conference

Here are some of the sessions I'd make it a priority to see at the Writer's Digest Annual Conference in NYC, August 12-14--and why you should attend them. The post 5 Must-Attend Sessions at the Writer’s Digest NYC Conference appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

The Sword in the Ceiling

After a long, hard day of work, you return home—the only problem is, your front door is wide open, all your lights are on and there's a sword stuck in the ceiling. The rest of your house looks normal, but you also notice several holes dug in your backyard. What's going on? The post The Sword in the Ceiling appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

4 Tips to Improve Your Writing Instantly

If the “Pro Tips & Techniques” theme of the September 2016 Writer’s Digest sounds a little vague, I’ll fess up: That’s by design. Our most reliable contributors have a way of occasionally pitching outstanding articles that just don’t happen to fit with any of our issue themes. Show More Summary

5 Things Friday Night Lights Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Suzy Evans of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Suzy Evans of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Suzy: Suzy is an attorney, author, and agent who holds a Ph.D. Show More Summary

Why Facebook Is My Dream Publicist

Like a dream book publicist, Facebook has helped me in many ways. Here's how it can help you as a writer. The post Why Facebook Is My Dream Publicist appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Freelance Writing Workshop: Crafting the Perfect Pitch

Breaking into a new magazine or online publication as a freelancer can be a herculean pain. It takes convincing an editor who is (most likely) unfamiliar with you and your work that you can be trusted with an assignment, appropriately understand the tone of the publication, and have the writing and reporting chops to follow through. Show More Summary

WD’s Tunesday: Volume 6 — Name That Tune and Win Awesome Writing Stuff

Enjoy a little piano music from time to time? Who doesn’t? Well I’m trying something fun today as a pick-me-up to try and get your week going. It’s my own crazy variation of NAME THAT TUNE and I’m calling it WD’S TUNESDAY. This is Volume 6. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 358

For today’s prompt, write a distance poem. The poem could be about the distance between two people or several objects. It could be about someone going the distance in an athletic event or adventure. Long distance phone calls, distant messages from beyond, and distant relatives–they’re all fair game. Show More Summary

Publisher and Industry Expert Brooke Warner Reveals How To Green-Light Your Book

This Q&A takes a look at how to navigate the (sometimes treacherous) tides of the publishing industry. The post Publisher and Industry Expert Brooke Warner Reveals How To Green-Light Your Book appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Writer’s Block

With a book deadline fast approaching and an empty document tormenting you on your laptop, you realize you need a change of scenery to get your work done. You go to the airport and take the next flight out. Your travels take you to the gorgeous country of Ireland. Show More Summary

Your Story #76: 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@fwcommunity.com. Show More Summary

Tips for Creating Voice in your Writing

Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to write a story with a strong voice. The post Tips for Creating Voice in your Writing appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

How to Succeed as a Female Writer in TV & Film

Being a writer in TV and film is difficult as is, but being a female writer throws and extra wrinkle in things. Here's how to find success in the challenging screenwriting world. The post How to Succeed as a Female Writer in TV & Film appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

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