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How to get your reader connected with your MC?

I had a professional editor; beta reader review my first three chapters. She gave me her input, besides working on grammar. She just mentioned having action starting off middle of the story is a trope, doesn’t really work. Mainly beca...

100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a roaring success. Literary agents, veteran and debut authors, editors, publishers and more shared their greatest writing tips on improving your craft, getting published, and building your wr...

How to Create a Backchannel Chat

For most of the last decade I recommended using TodaysMeet to create backchannel chats. In June TodaysMeet shut down. Since then I have been using Backchannel Chat to create backchannel chat rooms. While it isn’t exactly like TodaysMe...

60 Second Adventures in Economics

The Open University hosts a series of six short videos intended to introduce viewers to some of the basic concepts of macroeconomics. In 60 Second Adventures in Economics you will find short videos explaining things like the Parad...

Best of the Web Summer 2018

This morning I had the privilege to visit the Lewis County C1 School District in Missouri. One of the presentations that I gave there was the latest version of my popular Best of the Web presentation. The presentation is broken into four se...

Writer’s Digest Selected as Two-Time Finalist in the 2018 Eddie and Ozzie Awards

If you haven’t heard of the Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards, they’re basically the Oscars of the magazine, blogging, newswriting and design worlds. The Awards recognize excellence in editorial and design across 200 categories. This year, ...

When Should You Hire an Editor? 3 Professional Editors Weigh In

Want to write the best possible book? You need an editor. Editors are critical for making your writing “tight” and immersive. But before you hire one, you must know the answers to these questions: When should I hire an editor? Why am I ...

25 Items You Need In Your Backpack For Back to School

Summer is ending and your education is waiting, but are you ready to go back to school? Do you have everything yet? With Amazon’s Prime Student offer, students receive a 50% discount on Prime products and two-day shipping, which makes you...

Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters

In this extended interview from the October 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, bestselling Eligible author Curtis Sittenfeld explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the riches...

Free iPad Apps for Creating Animated Movies

The new school year will be here soon and I haven’t taken a break all summer. I’m taking a short break from the Internet to go fishing at one of my favorite places in the world, Kennebago Lake. I’ll be back with new posts ...

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