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Surprise on the Doorstep

The doorbell rings. You check the alarm clock and notice it’s way too early for someone to be visiting. You crawl out of the warm bed and scuffle across the house to the front door. You crack it open and no one is there. Upon opening the door, you notice an unmarked package on the step. Show More Summary

10 Literary Agents Seeking Historical Romance 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 summer 2016. This list is for historical romance. Show More Summary

How To Write a Novel on Your Commute

Don't let your commute stand in the way of your novel writing--instead, let it be the catalyst for writing your novel. Here's how. The post How To Write a Novel on Your Commute appeared first on

June 25-26: WD’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Online Conference

Don’t miss your chance to attend WD’s one-of-a-kind Science Fiction & Fantasy Online Writing Conference! On June 25 and 26, Writer’s Digest University will provide expert insights from SEVEN award-winning and best-selling authors on the finer points of how to write within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 355

For today’s prompt, write a cravings poem. The poem could be an ode to cake, fudge, or cheese. Personally, I woke up this morning with a craving for cream soda. But cravings can go well beyond food into the realms of activities, objects, and people (as well as a combination of all of the above). Show More Summary

Science Fiction & Fantasy Today

In the September 2016 Writer’s Digest, a roundtable of four top agents in the speculative genre delves into a deep discussion them. Here in this online exclusive companion we present a few uncut responses we didn’t have space to print. The post Science Fiction & Fantasy Today appeared first on

Bonus WD Interview Outtakes: Jane Green and Freya North

Here, in these responses we didn’t have space to print, Green and North discuss some differences between publishing overseas and stateside. The post Bonus WD Interview Outtakes: Jane Green and Freya North appeared first on

Bonus Tips: Artists on the Creative Process

The notion that we humans can create something out of nothing—whether a novel, a song, a painting or a recipe for vegan chili—is fascinating and just a little bit magical. The post Bonus Tips: Artists on the Creative Process appeared first on

3 Things House 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

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Magic 9 Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the magic 9. More than 50 poems made the original cut, then 22 made the next cut, so it was once again a (good) challenge getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Show More Summary

Becoming a Novelist: Five Principles to Success

The story of how I broke into publishing is not one most aspiring writers immediately find helpful. One bitter individual informed me that my experience only proves the insularity of the industry, that you are nobody without an “in.” On the surface, he’s right; my “in” opened that final elusive door to publication. Show More Summary

Home Sweet Home

After months of living in a bug-infested apartment, you decide it’s finally time to get a new place. While you’re shopping for a new place to live, you drive past a beautiful Victorian house with a large lawn. A sign in the front says “FOR SALE,” so you decide to call the realtor out of curiosity. Show More Summary

Remembering Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer)

Our hearts go out to the family of bestselling author Lois Duncan, who died at the age of 82. Here's one of our favorite quotes of hers from inside the pages of Writer's Digest. The post Remembering Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer) appeared first on

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 354

A little later with the prompt than usual today. Been volunteering in the mornings this week and just ran out of time before I had to be out the door. For today’s prompt, write an assembly poem. An assembly poem could be about a meeting (an assembly of people). Show More Summary

What Every Writer Should Know About Book Covers (Plus: A Reveal!)

I’ve been eager to share my experiences and lessons learned as a debut novelist-in-progress, which means I (gladly, excitedly!) field a lot of questions from fellow writers and readers alike. And two of the most frequently asked across...Show More Summary

Detailing the Past: 4 Authors on the Pleasures & Perils of Writing Historical Fiction

As historical novelists, we write about the mystery and mythology of Attila the Hun, of sixteenth-century Russian nobility, of Hindu temple dancers in the desert of Rajasthan, and about a Franco-American winemaking family at the turn of the twentieth century. Show More Summary

9 Tips and Strategies for Promoting Your Book Locally

There are so many ways to get the word out about your book starting with your own community. Here are a number of strategies for you to use to promote your book. The post 9 Tips and Strategies for Promoting Your Book Locally appeared first on

DEADLINE JUNE 20: WD’s 85th Annual Writing Competition

This week is your last chance to enter the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! With 501 winners, this competition showcases beginning to veteran writers in all genres.       Don’t miss your chance to win a grand prize package...Show More Summary

Agent Spotlight: Chris Bucci of The McDermid Agency

He is seeking: literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, commercial literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. For nonfiction, he seeks popular science, sports, popular culture, politics, essays, and history. The post Agent Spotlight: Chris Bucci of The McDermid Agency appeared first on

Write a Standout Chapter 1

We all know the importance of starting our stories strong: Without a beginning that draws the readers in (whether those readers are agents, editors or bookstore browsers), they may never make it to the middle. Enter the July/August 2016 Writer’s Digest: An entire issue devoted to helping you make your Chapter 1 shine. Show More Summary

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