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Jaleigh Johnson: Improving Your Writing With Dungeons & Dragons

For New York Times-bestselling fantasy novelist Jaleigh Johnson—author of The Mark of the Dragonfly, The Secrets of Solace and 2018’s The Door to the Lost, among others—Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is more than just a role-pla...

7 Ways to Defend Yourself from Writing Coach Scams

Industry experts and legitimate writing coaches provide advice on how to spot writing coach scams and shield yourself accordingly. The profession of “writing coach” has come under recent scrutiny. The outcry follows a July 2018 article ...

3 Key Novel Writing Tips: Wisdom from the Authors Speaking in the 2019 Virtual Conference for Novelists

Each January, we help writer’s launch and achieve their novel writing goals in our annual Virtual Conference for Novelists. This year’s event, running January 25-27, features six award-winning and best-selling authors who will share t...

How to Pitch Articles and Get Published: An Effective 4-Step Strategy

Freelance writers who want to get published in magazines and on websites need to learn one skill above all others, and that’s how to pitch articles. Of course, writing skills are needed too. But freelancers, especially when they’re star...

Changing the Face of Crime Fiction: 6 Writers of Color on Writing Mysteries, Crime Novels and Thrillers

In a genre that has historically lacked diversity, six writers of color discuss overcoming the challenge of breaking in and the current climate for crime, mystery and thriller fiction. “It can be lonely. … And there have been times when...

The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 12: Writing for the Screen and the Page with Doug Richardson

In this episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with screenwriter and author Doug Richardson, and shares an inside look at the process of adapting a novel for the big screen. In this interview, they discuss the diff...

4 Writing Techniques to Borrow from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol has become one of the most iconic holiday stories—perhaps even the most iconic—in Western literature. Not only has it been adapted countless times for the s...

The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 11: Writing Technology Old and New

Photo credit: Thomas Bender Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion —whether you scratch your words with quill pen on parchment or click away at your computer keyboard—the Writer’s Digest ...

The Pros and Cons of Binge Writing

Lynn Dickinson explores the positives and not-so-positives of being a binge writer. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Are you a Binge Writer? Or a Drip Writer? You know the metaphor. Binge writers tackle projects sp...

7 Research and Writing Tips for Setting a Book in Another Country

My newest novel, The Storyteller’s Secret, alternates settings between modern day and 1940’s India. Although I had not traveled to India recently, I knew how critical it was to get the setting and culture correct, so I was forced to be ...

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