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The NaNoWriMo Progress Report: How Are You Feeling?

Just about three weeks of participating in National Novel Writing Month can leave even the best, consistently faithful writer sleep-deprived, ornery, and a little nonsensical. But if you’ve made it this far, that’s something worth celebrating. Show More Summary

The Power of Journaling

Overcoming a painful past usually involves sharing one’s story and the associated feelings. Developing insight into past hurts, and connecting the dots between then and now enables one to make better choices moving forward. Journal writing is a powerful tool that opens the path to greater insight and self-knowledge. Show More Summary

How to Land New Clients

When it comes to making a living as a writer, it’s not about getting the occasional writing gig... You’re looking for ongoing clients … people who can give you assignment after assignment … so that you can focus on what you do best – writing!

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

I’m not sure how November always gets away from me so fast. Maybe it’s the beginning of the Market Book cycle; maybe it’s this challenge; but November often seems to be nearly over before I get my bearings on the month. For today’s prompt, write an excuse poem. Show More Summary

Oh the Choices

Two objects sit before you: a golden hammer and a cup of what seems to be water. A note on the wall says: “Go ahead, make your choice. The outcome will decide whether you’re ready or not.” Ready for what? What is this place? Why these objects? Which will you choose?

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

It’s a Tuesday, which means we’ve got two prompts today: Write a sweet poem. Write a sour poem. Running out of Time for a Chance at $1,000! Writer’s Digest has extended the deadline to their Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards competition to November 21. Show More Summary

Halfway There: Finishing NaNoWriMo Strong

You’re almost there; you’re halfway through National Novel Writing Month, at least based on the calendar. Whether or not you’re halfway through your goal to 50,000 words (or whatever your goal this month is) may be another story. These next two weeks now become as or more critical than the first two and a half weeks that you’ve spent writing. Show More Summary

From Proposal to Contract in Under a Week

For several years I labored in the agent fields, trying to harvest one for my book on helping doctoral candidates finish their dissertations. My approach, I was sure, was new, based on my longtime practice of coaching doctoral students and editing their dissertation drafts.

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

For today’s prompt, write an afflicted poem. Someone or something that is afflicted is someone or something that is in a troubled, injured, or humbled state. Or distressed to the point of constant suffering and anguish. In other words,...Show More Summary

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write an explanatory poem. Back when I took dozens of creative writing courses in college, the mantra was, “Show, don’t tell.” Well, today’s prompt is sort of different–in a way–in that it’s a tell poem, or explaining poem, though how and what you explain may vary a great deal. Show More Summary

What Do Authors Want? Take This Survey To Help Us Out

What do authors want? How are authors faring in this changing publishing landscape? These are questions that need to be answered if we are to help shape the conversation between publishers and authors. That's why we need your help.

Books Without Boundaries

If Bill Gates said it, I tend to believe it. The software tycoon-turned-philanthropisthas been proven right on just about everything. (If you forget the Zune and that CTRL-ALT-DEL thing.) At the dawn of the internet, Gates publishedShow More Summary

Adapt Your Writing: How NaNoWriMo Changes Your Daily Writing Routine

National Novel Writing Month isn’t just a test of your writing prowess. In many ways, it’s more of a test of your determination, will power, and ability to hold yourself accountable. Are you going to stick to your 50,000 word goal? What...Show More Summary

Where to Find Paid Writing Assignments

Once you’ve decided which of the numerous ways to make a living as a writer suits you best, the path to well-paid writing becomes clear …

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

For today’s prompt, write an optional poem. And no, that does not mean that writing a poem is optional today–I know a few of you were thinking it. No, no, no. No, I’m thinking of how some things in life are completely optional; in fact, most things are. So you have options for today’s poem–maybe too many–but can one ever have too many options? Write a Poem That Wins […]

Guest Post: How I Got My Book Optioned for a Major Motion Picture

Have you ever been curious about what it takes to get your novel or series turned into a movie or film franchise? In today’s guest post, Robert Blake Whitehill, author of the Ben Blackshaw series, sheds some light on his experiences in getting his novels optioned. Show More Summary

Your Story 63: Submit Now!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 750 words or fewer, based on the photo on the left. Remember: You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Use the submission form below OR email your submission directly to Show More Summary

Writing the Breakout YA or Middle Grade Novel – Webinar With Literary Agent Holly Root

Hunger Games. 13 Reasons Why. Wonder. Young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) publishing is hot right now. It’s always a group that does well, but with such big hits in recent years there’s a push by agents and publishers to grab the next Twilight or Harry Potter or unique book that’s destined for the bestseller list. Show More Summary

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

This week, cold has been sweeping across parts of North America. While the effects of the cold can be seen (whether it’s snow, frost, or puffs of breath), the cold itself is something that cannot be seen–only felt. Cue today’s prompt. Show More Summary

5 Reasons Why Love (of Writing, Reading, Words!) Is Meant to Be Shared

When I compiled the roundup of reader-submitted tips, stories and advice for our “Plan Your Own Write-a-Thon” feature in the November/December 2014 Writer’s Digest, one of my favorites was from a mother who was inspired to try NaNoWriMo because her daughter was doing it. Show More Summary

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