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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 290

Quick note: If you’re searching for a gift for a writer friend or family member, consider giving the gift of a subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. Click here for details. For today’s prompt, write an excitement poem. Excitement can be a good thing, but excitement can often lead to very bad things. Show More Summary

Garth Stein: Exclusive WD Interview Outtakes

Garth Stein has never been a stranger to small audiences. He’s stage managed “theater at sea” on cruise ships. He’s written stage plays produced by community theaters. He’s made documentary films. He’s written well-reviewed novels published by independent presses. Show More Summary

Christmas Gone Awry

You've invited all your family members to celebrate Christmas at your house. Unfortunately, they all decline with different excuses, which seems highly unusual as you normally spend the holidays together. On Christmas day you decide to drop their gifts off at their houses. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Leon Husick of L. Perkins Agency

Leon is seeking: He has a particular interest in science fiction & fantasy, young adult and middle-grade novels filled with strong characters and original premises, but keeps an open mind for anything that catches his eye. He is also looking for historical fiction set in the 20th century, particularly the 1980s or earlier. He is not interested in nonfiction at this time.

Best Practices for Landing Retainer Writing Gigs

Last week I gave you my top three picks for retainers you should set up in the New Year. Today I’m going to give you some best practices you should follow to ensure you land and execute them with ease.

Write Better: 3 Ways To Introduce Your Main Character

One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Here's how to help us meet your main character.

Reading Selection of the Month: The Vintner’s Daughter

Writer’s Digest is particularly proud to highlight our recommended read of the month in December because the author, Kristen Harnisch, is member of the Writer’s Digest community. At our 2012 conference, she made connections that led to her agent. Show More Summary

Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/ Critique): How to Craft Query Letters & Submission Materials That Get Noticed — Starts Jan 20, 2015

Attendees will learn how to write a dynamite query letter, tackle a one-page synopsis (for fiction) and a book proposal (for nonfiction). The instructing literary agents will critique 10 pages of your work as well as a query letter, providing invaluable professional feedback.

Writing the Unlikable Character (and Why You Should)

We talk a lot about the importance of writing characters that readers like or can relate to—and by “we” I mean anyone who feels strongly about books, regardless of profession. It’s nice to know when the good guy is good and when the bad guy is bad. Show More Summary

Author Interview: Thomas Lee, Author of the Nonfiction Guide REBUILDING EMPIRES

I love interview debut authors when I can. It's important that aspiring authors be able to see their journeys to publication, so they can understand what they did right & wrong along the way. This interview is with Thomas Lee, author of the business guide REBUILDING EMPIRES (Palgrave Macmillan Trade, Dec. 2014).

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 289

Quick note: If you’re searching for a gift for a writer friend or family member, consider giving the gift of a subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. Click here for details. For today’s prompt, write a high poem. Now, I know the word “high” is a loaded one–so take it where you may. Show More Summary

How to Write Novels About Faraway Lands

In explaining why he wrote his novels, the great writer Joseph Conrad once told his readers that it was so they could “glimpse the truth for which you have forgotten to ask.” These words no doubt resonate with many writers, but especially...Show More Summary

A Nosy Elf on the Shelf

You are an Elf on the Shelf and you've been picked up by a famous celebrity to roam around his or her house at Christmas time. But what the celebrity doesn't know is that you've been hired by The National Enquirer gossip magazine to find dirt on that celeb. You are a week in and you report back to the editor at the magazine about what you've learned.

New Literary Agent Alert: Heather Alexander of Pippin Properties

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Heather Alexander of Pippin Properties) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.   About...Show More Summary

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER: $3,000 for 1,500 Words – The WD Short Short Competition

NEW: All who enter will get a special pass to attend a LIVE WEBINAR. So win, lose or draw, you still get access to the webinar. Details below.  Can you write 1,500 words today? Because if so, that’s all it takes to enter Writer’s Digest’s Short Short Story Competition. Show More Summary

Find More Readers and Success With Your Poetry

Writing poetry for the sake of writing poetry is a worthwhile pursuit, but poets who wish to build an audience for their poetry will benefit from Find More Readers and Success With Your Poetry, an hour-long live webinar on finding more readers and success with their poetry. Show More Summary

Tips for Selling Your Work: For Traditional and Self Published Authors (Or Those Who Are Thinking about It)

Whether you’ve been published traditionally or are self published, your success as an author can only be measured by a few different things, which include... Read more...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Trevor Shane

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. Show More Summary

Agent Jon Sternfeld On: Breaking Through the Slush

Quite honestly, on days where I have the time (and the energy and the optimism) to go through the slush, I just want something that stands out among the hundreds of email queries. (And I mean ‘stands out’ for the right reasons ???...Show More Summary

The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook

Is your character more of a Helmut or a Harry? Packed with more than 25,000 names from anywhere and everywhere, it'll take the pain out of names and help you brand your characters with ease. Read more...

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