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Eleventh Annual Popular Fiction Awards Romance Winner: “That Which Remains”

“That Which Remains” by Timothy L. Jones, is the First Place winning story in the romance category for the Eleventh Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive interview...Show More Summary

2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

The 2015 November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge results are in, and I’m excited to share the winner–as well as a few finalists. Around 100 chapbook manuscripts were entered, and I loved reading them all. However, the number of quality entries made it difficult to pick finalists–let alone a winner! But here we are. Show More Summary

How to Submit to Literary Journals

You’ve revised your story more times than you can count and you’re ready for quick and easy publication. But what you may not realize is the submissions process should be taken as seriously as the story. Find Your Journals If you’re new to submissions, you may be unsure of where to find the journals. Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned so Far, Libby Cudmore

Libby Cudmore, author of THE BIG REWIND (Feb. 2016, William Morrow Paperbacks), shares the top seven things she's learned about being a writer. The post 7 Things I’ve Learned so Far, Libby Cudmore appeared first on

Rainbow Rowell: Bonus Interview Outtakes

In these outtakes from our May/June 2016 issue, the bestselling writer talks about how her beginnings as a journalist influence her fiction—and how she recently came to apply her novel-writing skills to a screenplay. The post Rainbow Rowell: Bonus Interview Outtakes appeared first on

Online Exclusive: More Insider’s Guides for 101 Best Websites

Insider’s Guide: Make a Living Writing ( Award-winning freelance writer Carol Tice’s mission is to help writers earn more money for their work. Read the site’s many free expert articles and sign up for her free e-book, 100+ Freelance Writing Questions, Answered. Show More Summary

Want to Write a Column? Here are 7 Key Tips You Need to Know

A quality column takes consistent effort, thought, and much rewriting. My experience writing several columns and the advice of several column writers I interviewed pinpoint seven of the most important and challenging considerations. The post Want to Write a Column? Here are 7 Key Tips You Need to Know appeared first on

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 345

Remember that “under the weather” I was experiencing last week? Well, that ended up being the flu and pneumonia in my left lung. Oh well. It’s going to take a lot more than pneumonia to stop us from poeming. Soo… For today’s prompt, write a lingering poem. Show More Summary

#WriterWednesday: Top 10 Tweets of the Week

Whether you’re battling self-doubt (“What if I never have a story/article idea as good as the last one EVER AGAIN?”) trudging your way through a first draft (or 50th) or cultivating motivation to sit at the keyboard, you’re not the only one. Show More Summary

3 Things I Learned About Writing: Analyzing Miguel Cervantes’ DON QUIXOTE

1. Try new things. “All you have to do is try, with meaningful words, properly and effectively arranged, to honestly unroll your sentences and paragraphs, clearly, sensibly, just explaining what you’re up to as well and as powerfully as you can." The post 3 Things I Learned About Writing: Analyzing Miguel Cervantes’ DON QUIXOTE appeared first on

All in a Days Work

As a doctor for hire you’ve met a fair share of odd folks. Nothing quite like this though: A man in his mid-thirties stands before you, clutching a wound just given to him by another man sprinting down the street. Now the perpetrator trips and lands on his own knife. Show More Summary

8 Practical Tips to Avoid Too Much Plot in Your Novel

How do you stop over-plotting your novel? It isn’t easy, and it isn’t pleasant, but the reward for plot discipline can be a lean, compelling narrative that attracts literary agents. Try these tips. The post 8 Practical Tips to Avoid Too Much Plot in Your Novel appeared first on

4 Things True Detective (Season 1) Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Show More Summary

Freelance Writing Workshop: 5 Attributes of Highly Effective Freelancers

Writing is a religion unto itself, guided by passionate beliefs (have you ever witnessed a pantsers vs. plotters argument?) and sacred texts (The Elements of Style, On Writing). And like any organized religion, it can be broken down into subgroups. Show More Summary

Writing Requires Perseverance

Beyond the obvious need for a writer to have talent and a fruitful imagination, he must also have perseverance to become a published author. Occasionally, a writer’s first novel is extraordinary, or he writes a masterful proposal, and his book lands on the fast-track to getting published. Show More Summary

Should You Grant an Exclusive Read of Your Novel to an Agent?

If a literary agent asks for a six-week exclusive window to look at your manuscript, should you grant it? Here's what you should consider. The post Should You Grant an Exclusive Read of Your Novel to an Agent? appeared first on

How a Fiction Anthology Is Made

I’m an avid reader of Writer Unboxed, which has been one of our 101 Best Websites for Writers for several years running now—and when I had the pleasure of moderating the WU panel at last year’s Writer’s Digest Conference, one of my personal highlights was the chance to chat at length afterward with regular WU contributor Heather Webb. Show More Summary

Land a Freelancing Gig with a Letter of Introduction

  “What’s one thing you wish you had included in your freelancing book but didn’t?” a student at The New School in New York City asked me not long ago. “Nothing,” I responded, naturally. “It’s all there.” But then I cut the sass and conceded: There was, in fact, one thing I left out of the book that should have gone in. Show More Summary

Pat Conroy Tribute: The Writer’s Digest Interview

Prolific author Pat Conroy passed away on March 4, 2015. We pay tribute to him by releasing an exclusive dual WD Interview from the May/June 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest, in which married novelists Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides, The...Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 344

I apologize for the late prompt today. I’m a little under the weather, sometimes feverish, and medicated. Soo… For today’s prompt, write an under the weather poem. You can use the turn of speech, which means sick or not feeling good....Show More Summary

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