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Freelance Writing: How to Track Magazine Query Letters (& Follow Ups)

For a freelance writer who doesn’t have a query tracking system—or has the organizational skills of a bowling ball, like me—here is a simple spreadsheet to help you keep track. The post Freelance Writing: How to Track Magazine Query Letters (& Follow Ups) appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a regret poem. Most people regret some action they’ve taken over the years, whether it’s saying the wrong thing, making the wrong choice, or putting off something for a tomorrow that never comes. Write about your own regrets, or the regrets of others (this is a great opportunity to write a persona poem). Show More Summary

Hiring a New Villain

Your old villain quit over creative differences, so you've put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel. What questions do you ask? What does the new villain's resume say? Write this scene as if it were a job interview. The post Hiring a New Villain appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

It’s time for that final two-for-Tuesday prompt of April. Regulars probably already know what the prompt is. Here are the two prompts for today: Write a love poem. The poem could be about lovers, but also the love of family, love between friends, or even loving your job, chocolate, or music. Show More Summary

The Key to Creating Great Characters

Knowing a few important details about your character can go a long way into giving him or her credibility and life. The post The Key to Creating Great Characters appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Last Starfighter,” “Last Unicorn,” “Last Day of Summer,” “Last Cookie in the Cookie Jar,” and so on. Show More Summary

Weekly Round-Up: Just Keep 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

Taking the Mystery Out of Writing History

Let me just say that I offer these tips on writing historical fiction from my own limited experience.  Doubtless there are other more serious writers out there who will glance over my measly list and scoff at its inadequacy—“Where is...Show More Summary

7 Things To Do When You Want to Give Up (Instead of Giving Up)

There are a lot of challenges and rewards to being an author, and one of the greatest (and sometimes brutal) challenges is getting published. I think we’ve all seen people magically picked up by publishers out of nowhere, but my experience is that they usually know someone in the business. Show More Summary

The Corpse Stops Here: Author Archer Mayor

Author Archer Mayor takes an unusually hands-on approach to writing police procedurals—as he also happens to be a medical examiner. The post The Corpse Stops Here: Author Archer Mayor appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Root Canal Secret Mission

You've scheduled a root canal and the dentist finishes up. You pay and head to your car. Once in your car you hear a voice (from the tooth) that informs you that the dentist inserted a government device in your mouth and you're needed for a secret mission. What happens next? The post Root Canal Secret Mission appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

Somehow we’re already on our third Two-for-Tuesday of the month; time is flying. Here are the two prompts for today: Write a life poem. The poem could be about the miracle of life, the complexity of life, the game of Life, or anything else that means life for you. Show More Summary

How To Get Book Blurbs/Testimonials For Your Book Cover

Most books have book blurbs on the book jacket, giving it instant credibility. As a first-time author, how do you get quotes from popular authors for the cover of your book? Here's how. The post How To Get Book Blurbs/Testimonials For Your Book Cover appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

New Literary Agent Alert: Joanna MacKenzie of the Nelson Literary Agency

Literary agent Joanna MacKenzie is open to queries! She is looking for women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers, coming-of-age young adult stories, and more. The post New Literary Agent Alert: Joanna MacKenzie of the Nelson Literary Agency appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

If we were running uphill for the first half of the challenge, we’d be running downhill from here on out. I know writing is a different process, but yeah, we’re getting through this month. Let’s keep it going! For today’s prompt, take...Show More Summary

Weekly Round-Up: Fearless in the Face of the Unknown

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

Don’t Find Your Writing Voice—Accept It

I found my voice as a writer rather late in my writing life. I spent about twenty years trying to write fiction. I had read fiction voraciously as a boy and young man, but had largely stopped reading it by the time I decided to try writing it. Show More Summary

Have You Checked Out WD’s 101 Best Websites for Writers?

Each year, for nearly 20 years now, the editors at WD have scoured the web for the best digital resources for writers. These 101 websites we select are, we believe, the best of the bunch. The post Have You Checked Out WD’s 101 Best Websites for Writers? appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

How to Write Your Life

Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom — the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your children and grandchildren because it tells them something eloquent about who you are and who they are. The post How to Write Your Life appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Finish This Sentence #4 – Unpredictable Moment

I have never done anything unpredictable, but that changed today when I woke up, packed a bag, went to the airport and randomly bought a ticket to __________. (Write a story that follows this line.) The post Finish This Sentence #4 – Unpredictable Moment appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

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