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The Most Overlooked Market For Content Writers

There are far better opportunities for writers looking to make a living … and that’s my goal with this blog each week.

Ghostbuster For Hire

You've been out of work for a few months and respond an unusual ad online that reads: "Team seeking full-time associate who isn't afraid of ghosts." They call and tell you to come in. Intrigued (and desperate for work), you go to their office and get hired on the spot. Moments later, there's a call—and you have your first assignment. Write about what happens.

The Art of the Query: Winning an Agent From the Very First Page – Webinar with Michelle Brower

Your query letter is your introduction, your handshake, your first date. In order to get an agent to fall in love with your writing, you first must get them to fall in love with your query. It’s only one page, but it’s your most important page. Show More Summary

The 3 Basic Building Blocks of Writing a Memoir

Some people know exactly what they want to write about when they start their memoir. Others come to the computer expecting to purge their life onto the virtual page. If that’s you, take it from me, it won’t work—at least not for a book project. Show More Summary

Character: The Heart of Your Novel

The following is an excerpt from WD Books’ Creating Characters: The Complete Guide to Populating Your Fiction, a comprehensive reference to every stage of character development. In the book, you’ll find timely advice and helpful instruction...Show More Summary

How to Write About Family in a Memoir

To write honestly and compassionately about members of your family, you must first reflect on your purpose, your approach, the details of your story and the potential reactions your family members might have. Here's how to do that.

Test Yourself: Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Go-To Writer?

Go-to writers … I love them! These are the writers I reach out to again and again, because I know I can trust them to do great work, on time, and constantly suggest new projects.

14th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 25 winners of the 14th Annual Short Short Story Competition (from 2013-14)! For full coverage of the awards, please see the July/August 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. To read all 25 winners, please pick up a copy of the 14th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection. Show More Summary

State of the Union (Writer’s Edition)

After a tough year where overall writing goals were not met and new challenges arose, your office supplies (your computer, pens, paperclips, stapler, three-hole-punch, desk lamp—anything else that could be used to support your writing efforts) have lost some faith in you. Show More Summary

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Books

1. Toni Morrison -- The Spark: A Writing Group. Morrison was a 35-year-old professor at Howard University when she joined a writing group just for fun. It soon became clear that she couldn’t remain in the group unless she actually wrote...Show More Summary

How to Write A Plausible Character – 3 Key Tips

There are many elements writers need to pay close attention to when creating a fictional world. There’s setting, plot, pacing, voice, imagery and so on. Everything is important, everything counts. That said, one of my favorite places to focus my writing attention is on my characters. Show More Summary

Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction — Jan. 22 Webinar (With Critique) by Agent Jennifer Laughran

In this live webinar, "Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction," instructor and literary agent Jennifer Laughran (of Andrea Brown Literary) will talk about what's happening in the exciting Middle Grade market, as well as examine some recently published titles to see what they got right. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Caitie Flum of Liza Dawson Associates

Caitie is seeking: Commercial and upmarket fiction with great characters and superb writing, especially historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers of all kinds, magical realism, and book club fiction; historical fiction with unusual perspectives...Show More Summary

11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description

The following is an excerpt from Word Painting Revised Edition by Rebecca McClanahan, available now!   The characters in our stories, songs, poems, and essays embody our writing. They are our words made flesh. Sometimes they even speak for us, carrying much of the burden of plot, theme, mood, idea, and emotion. Show More Summary

Letter to a Lost Loved One

Write a letter to someone in your life that has passed away. You can tell that person the things you wish you'd said, tell that person some of the highlights of your life, whatever you want. If that's too difficult, have one of your characters from your novel (or short story) write a letter to a character he or she lost.

Get a Literary Agent in 2015: My New Book Features Advice From More than 100 Agents (and a GIVEAWAY CONTEST!)

My newest writing reference book, GET A LITERARY AGENT, is finally out from Writer’s Digest Books! As the book subtitle says. it’s a complete guide to securing representation for your books. This book has been a long time coming, and it’s a small labor of love, so I’m excited to share it with you now. Show More Summary

A Goal Plan for Writers Designed to Guarantee Success

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I used to make them every year. But, like most people, I made them unrealistic and immeasurable, and often tried to achieve too much, too fast. Then, a few months into the New Year, I’d realize I’d already missed at least one of my resolutions, and shortly thereafter, would simply forget the rest.

How to Avoid Rookie Mistakes When Submitting to Agents – Webinar with Marisa A. Corvisiero

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Avoid Rookie Mistakes When Submitting to Agents” — literary agent Marisa A. Corvisiero, Esq., gives you specific advice on how to submit your work, explains common and not so common mistakes most writers make, and shares tips on how to avoid mistakes all together.

30 Tips For Writing a Book in 30 Days

BY JESSICA STRAWSER Can you imagine 30 days from now holding your finished first draft in your hands? It's possible. Here are 30 tips, resources and strategies for writing a book in a month.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 293

For today’s prompt, write a beauty poem. Think Beauty and the Beast; think beauty sleep; think airbrushed images in magazines, self-esteem, and selfies. Personally, I always think of the old black & white version of King Kong and the final line of the movie. Show More Summary

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