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The Difference Between Dreamers and Achievers

Last week was our annual FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair. Over the last 17 years, it has become THE copywriting event of the year. And this year, 400+ aspiring and professional writers joined us in Delray Beach,...Show More Summary

10 Writing Techniques from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

October conjures up images of crackling fires, shivering leaves, the grinning teeth of a jack-o-lantern … and, if you’re a fan of classic horror, that iconic, fanged master of the night, Count … Read more

How to Make the Most of Any Writing Conference

BY LINDA FORMICHELLI 10 top conference organizers share secrets learned behind the scenes. Read more

3 Ways to Increase Your Daily Word Count While Away From Your Computer

While I’ll be cheering on NaNoWriMo participants from the sidelines this year rather than joining the race, I am forever looking for ways to expand my own daily word count—not just in … Read more

Creaks and Freaks

Your house always had that spooky charm, what with the old chandeliers, cobwebs everywhere and the occasional knock no one could identify. Well that all came crashing back into your head as you looked down the dark hallway and heard something shuffling towards you in the darkness. Oh and it’s picking up speed. What do you do? What do you see? Read more

Correction: October 2014 Issue, “Find Your Agent Match”

In the annual agent roundup (October 2014 issue), John Willig of Literary Services Inc. was incorrectly listed as accepting a variety of fiction. Willig specializes in nonfiction. His full and accurate listing … Read more

Tips and Inspiration to Write a Book in a Month

One of the things I love about working at Writer’s Digest is the excitement each time a new issue hits newsstands. And it’s especially true with the November/December 2014 Writer’s Digest–because this … Read more

Memoir or Novel? 8 Issues to Think About Before Writing Your Own Story

BY LESLIE LEHR As the novel consultant, I am often asked how a writer should tell his or her story. I work with clients in both novel and memoir, using similar structural techniques to develop a compelling story. I truly believe that both forms are ideal ways in which to tell your personal story. The choice is up to you. Here are eight advantages of each. Read more

3 Tips For a Better First Revision

The first revision is probably the most important factor in sculpting your novel. One of my favorite quotes to express this idea is by Shannon Hale who wrote: “I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” The first revision is the building of those sand castles. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Cassie Hanjian of Waxman Leavell Literary

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Cassie Hanjian of Waxman Leavell Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his … Read more

Conference Spotlight: The 2014 Arizona Writing Conference (Nov. 21-22)

If you read my blog, you know I am constantly traveling to be part of awesome writers’ conferences across the country. On that note, I am very exciting to be a part … Read more

Enter WD’s PopFiciton Competition – 4,000 Words Could Get You $2,500 & a Trip

Short story writers, listen up: We’re giving away $2,500, a trip to NYC to attend next year’s Writer’s Digest Conference, a chance to get your name on the cover of WD and … Read more

Site Surfing

Surfing through the Internet you find a strange pop-up: “Click now to receive three million dollars! Just press the link! … You have 30 seconds.” The lights immediately turn off and a timer begins on your screen. What happens next? What do you do? Read more

7 Best-Paying Projects for Writers in 2015

If you’ve been daydreaming about making a comfortable living as a writer, 2015 will definitely be the year you make it a reality. There have never been more legitimate freelance opportunities for professional writers than there are right now – especially when the assignments are aimed at helping companies build their businesses. Read more

Writing New Adult Fiction Blog Tour

From Sylvia Day’s Bared to You to Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster, new adult fiction has arrived—and it’s hotter than ever. But there’s more to this category than its 18- to 26-year-old characters: … Read more

Tips on World Building for Writers — How to Make Your Imaginary World Real

There isn’t a certified qualification or course on world-building (well, not in my neighborhood), but every story requires it. Whether your tale is set in a real place or an imagined one, you need to establish your characters’ worldShow More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 283

For this week’s prompt, write a natural poem. Some poems just come more naturally than others, and maybe you’re already furiously scribbling. However, here are a few ideas for everyone else: write … Read more

“No, Thank You” — On Rejection & Writing

The most commonly acknowledged form of rejection for a writer is the rejection of one’s work by a publishing house. After spending months, if not years, shaping a story, you submit it hoping for acceptance and publication. Sadly, this is the exception, not the rule. Show More Summary

NaNoWriMo Prep Work: To Edit or Not Edit While Writing First Draft

BY TED BOONE The most common technique that experienced WriMos will propose for newbies is the “zero editing” approach. That is, during the month of November, you must resist the urge to edit your novel. The advice is based upon theShow More Summary

“How to Pre-Plot & Complete a Novel or Memoir in a Month” — Oct. 9 Webinar (With E-Book Download) All About Writing a Successful Fast Draft

Are you a writer who prefers to pre-plot? Or, do you simply like to jump in and begin writing without much pre-planning? Perhaps you're just starting out and don't know your plotting preference? Whatever kind of writer you are, you're...Show More Summary

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