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Novel Writing: 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters

By Brenda Janowitz The most important part of your novel is the part that will never been seen by the reader.  It’s the part that’s just for you.  It’s the part that only you know.  Well, you and your character, that is. It’s the character study.  You simply cannot write a good novel without knowing your characters inside and out. Show More Summary

How to Pay it Forward Within the Literary Community

There’s something about the holiday season that puts people in a generous mood. From random anonymous acts of kindness to time-honored remembrances, it truly is the giving season. Heck, even the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes during the holidays. Show More Summary

Move Over, Rudolph

You are one of Santa's reindeer (other than Rudolph) and you are jealous of all the attention that red-nosed reindeer is getting. You've been offered another job and have decided to go in to Santa's workshop office and negotiate a better deal. Does Santa match your demands or do you decide to take the new gig (and what is it)? Write this scene.

Best 3 Writing Gigs on Retainer

Steady paychecks month after month. Easy writing assignments because you know the audience. Happy clients who value you and your writing. These are just a few of the benefits of writing on retainer.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 288

For today’s prompt, write a false poem. Emily Dickinson once wrote, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” That’s good advice, but these poems should descend with falsifying the intent. False documents, false names, false teeth, the balance of true or false, and so on. Show More Summary

How to Amp Up Your Story

Do you ever write something and immediately find yourself wanting to edit it (or worse—delete it)? Or are you struggling to really develop an idea? It’s tough not to immediately begin the rewriting process or automatically start second guessing yourself. Show More Summary

Writing Dystopian Fiction: 7 Tips

As the middleclass lives out the tale spun by Stephen King’s Thinner, we might find ourselves picking up a dystopian novel to relive our despondent youths. In other words, if you feel angry about the current political milieu, then you just might be a dystopian author.

New Literary Agent Alert: Dan Balow of Steve Laube Literary Agency

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Dan Balow of Steve Laube Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Dan: Dan is a 30-year veteran of the Christian publishing industry. Show More Summary

Ongoing Paid Writing Assignments

Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. Imagine having a paid writing assignment you can count...Show More Summary

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Okay, here are the next steps for this challenge. Before you dive into them, click here to read the original guidelines for the challenge. Step One: Write the Poems We accomplished this step during the month of November. We have 30 prompts to prove it. Show More Summary

Go There: Lessons In Writing From Dear Old Dad

BY ANDREW MARANISS People assume that when your father is a Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author, he must have helped you a lot with your first book. For a while, I thought he might, too. I’d email first drafts of my chapters for...Show More Summary

Plot Your Book: Scene By Scene – Webinar with Author Jordan E. Rosenfeld

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled "Plot Your Book: Scene By Scene" — author Jordan E. Rosenfeld helps you simplify the plot process and avoid being overwhelmed by what comes next, so you can focus on the work of writing powerful characters and transformative stories.

How to Develop a Writing Plan

Sometimes, as a writer, it’s difficult to think about large, overarching goals when you’re working on a project or planning to start on something new. Thinking, “I’m going to write a novel and have it completed by XX date,” is ambitious. Show More Summary

6 Lessons Hemingway (& Others) Can Teach Us About Being a Writer

The lives and lifestyles of legendary writers can teach us all some crucial lessons about platform and self-branding today.

Executively Branch Out

You have been elected president of the United States. When you get to the White House, you find out that there's a note from your predecessor. The note says "Good Luck," but when everyone else leaves the room the words on the note disappear and new words appear: "Look in the bottom drawer of the desk. There's a hidden compartment. You will find more instructions there."

NaNoWriMo Reflections

With the buzz of National Novel Writing Month over, it’s now a time for reflection and introspection. Take a step back from your work before examining it. Did you meet your goal? Did your writing meet your standards? Will it ultimately...Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Abby Saul of Browne & Miller Literary Associates

Abby’s looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the genre. Her top picks from the current wishlist: (1) Complex, literary-leaning psychological thriller/crime. (2) Gothic novel, contemporary or historical. (3) Substantive women’s historical fiction with romantic overtones.

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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

Here we are: The final day of the challenge. Well, the first draft part of it anyway. While veterans know what to do and the guidelines give a clue, I’ll post tomorrow on next steps for completing this challenge. For today’s prompt, write an inevitable poem. Show More Summary

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Tomorrow is the final day of the challenge. So let’s make these last couple days count. For today’s prompt, write a do it again poem. This could be a poem about taking a mulligan or re-doing a mistake. Or maybe re-doing a magical moment. Or a poem for all those folks who like to ride roller coasters and get right back in line. Get your poetry published! Learn how […]

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