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Get an Agent One-on-One

As many writers know, agents and editors won't give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact.Make sure you've got the kind of opening they're looking for! The post Get an Agent One-on-One appeared first on

The Georgia Review: Monday Market Spotlight

After a few weeks off, it’s time to bring back the Monday Market Spotlight series. This week’s spotlight is in my neck of the woods: The Georgia Review! The Georgia Review just re-opened their submission period–as they do not read between May 15 and August 15 each year. Show More Summary

Fatima Hirsi: Poet Interview

Maybe because I’m a parent of young children, I don’t get out to local poetry events as much as I’d like. Whatever the reason, I usually meet poets online before I ever meet them face-to-face (btw, click here to learn about the Face-to-Face event in September). Show More Summary

Writing Novels – 8 Things You Need to Know (From a Former Journalist)

I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Now I write mystery novels about a fictional journalist. My old friends from the newsroom say to me: “Wow, you’ve got it easy these days. All you have to do at your job is make stuff up." Well, yes and no. Show More Summary

Querying 101: Putting Your Best Book Forward – Webinar with Agent Jennifer De Chiara

In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Jennifer De Chiara will guide you, step by step, in writing the perfect pitch for your book. Plus, she'll critique your query letter. Sign up now. The post Querying 101: Putting Your Best Book Forward – Webinar with Agent Jennifer De Chiara appeared first on

Word Box

Write a 15-line poem using all 15 of the words in the word bank below. The post Word Box appeared first on

Relating Historical Fiction Characters to a Contemporary Audience

Once you have built real people, that’s the time to put them into a historical context. Here's how to do both. The post Relating Historical Fiction Characters to a Contemporary Audience appeared first on

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 317

Yes, I’ve started releasing winners from the 2015 April PAD Challenge, and yes, we still have a long way to go, but you got to start somewhere, right? Check here every so often to see the results as they become available. Also, a new poetic form: the decima. Show More Summary

Decima: Poetic Forms

For those interested, I’m in the midst of putting together a results post for the April PAD Challenge. It won’t have a whole lot of results, but it will include some winners–and we’ll add as they come in (like last year). Keep an eye out for it. Show More Summary

2015 April PAD Challenge: Results

While my preference is to unload all the results at once, I also don’t want to make folks wait any longer in hearing anything at all. So, I plan to do what I did last year, which is to release the winner and Top 10 list for each day as I receive them from the guest judges. Show More Summary

Straight Talk With Dennis Lehane

The Mystic River novelist’s latest trilogy—which begins in early 20th-century Boston—concluded this year with World Gone By (WD Interview, Page 46). In our online-exclusive outtakes, he discusses writing truthful fiction about real-life historical figures, racism and other issues of the times. The post Straight Talk With Dennis Lehane appeared first on

“Shhh, I’m wabbit hunting”

You wake up one morning and find yourself inside a Looney Tunes cartoon with a burning desire to hunt down a certain Bugs Bunny, no matter the cost. What happens next? The post “Shhh, I’m wabbit hunting” appeared first on

9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel

Whether you're writing your first novel or are struggling with completing a second one (or more), sometimes you need some help focusing and figuring out how to reach your goal. Use these 9 tricks to help you go from first sentence all the way to completed novel. The post 9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel appeared first on

How to Make Your Poems Stand Out: Advice From a Reader

Today’s post comes from Daniel Ari, who proposed writing a guest post about his experience as a screening reader for the 2015 April PAD Challenge. He explores how to make your poems stand out from hundreds (if not thousands) of others. Show More Summary

I Have an MFA. What Now? 6 Paths for MFA Graduates

The MFA degree is of the utmost importance—until someone asks you what your plans are after graduation. Don’t know what to do with your MFA? You’re not alone. Here’s some advice to help you decide. Teaching Before you even graduate,Show More Summary

Breaking Into True Crime: Ann Rule’s 9 Tips for Studying Courtroom Trials

In honor of the passing of crime writing legend Ann Rule (you can read all about her life here), we're re-sharing this piece—written by former WD managing editor Zachary Petit—that's full of tips and advice delivered by Rule. The post Breaking Into True Crime: Ann Rule’s 9 Tips for Studying Courtroom Trials appeared first on

The Tortoise and the Hare

Start your story with “They told me seeing a turtle on your wedding day would bring good luck” and end your story with “Now I’m doing 10-20 in federal prison. Stupid rabbit.” The post The Tortoise and the Hare appeared first on

What Gets You Ready to Write?

Some mornings I start my writing day off with a walk outside. Other days I start it off with caffeine. Today, I started it off with donuts. (Don't judge me!) I asked the Writer's Digest staff what they do to get ready to write. Here's our list (in no particular order)... The post What Gets You Ready to Write? appeared first on

Relief for Your Revision Struggles

The September 2015 Writer’s Digest, The Smart Writer’s Guide to Revision, is new on newsstands, and I’ve gotten so many nice notes about my Editor’s Letter that I thought I’d share it here—both as a preview for our latest issue and as a way to commiserate, connect and relate with fellow writers in the revision stage. Show More Summary

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