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What Reading A Gentleman in Moscow Taught Me About Writing

Here are 4 things reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles through the lens of a writer can teach writers about writing. As I was preparing to interview Amor Towles for the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest, I set my fir...

Psst: Novelists – Steal These Screenwriting Secrets! Part 3 Query Letters

In part 3 of “steal these screenwriting secrets,” we delve into marketing and query letters. In other words, these are screenwriting secrets to steal after you write and specifically related to crafting killer query letters. In my Write...

The WD Interview: Amor Towles | Exclusive

In this exclusive cut of the Writer’s Digest Interview with novelist Amor Towles, he talks about his book club, promoting novels for an extended period of time while trying to write the next thing, and his upcoming works-in-progress. Read...

6 Active Reading Strategies That Will Keep You On Track

How can you be active while reading? I suppose you could take your textbook to the gym (I love dad jokes…), but that’s not exactly what I had in mind for this article. When I refer to active reading, I’m talking about your brain being...

Four Tips for Indie Authors on Planning a Successful Book Tour

Book tours are a wonderful way to connect with readers. Indie author John Peragine shares his experience planning his latest book tour for his book Iowa Wine. It was one of the hottest days in July when I walked into the small indie booksto...

Nothing Is Fiction

Former journalist and award-winning author Fred Waitzkin made the leap from nonfiction to fiction by accepting that nothing is fiction—everything is inspired by his real-life experience. It took me many years to understand the close proxi...

The WD Interview: Susan Orlean on The Library Book and Finding the Red-Hot Center of the Story

Susan Orlean thought she was done writing books when she heard about the 1986 fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library. The story so intrigued her that she spent four years researching and writing about it. The Library Book tells...

8 Traits I Wish Employers Knew About Writers

E.L. Tenenbaum gets it: writers work hard. Now, if only employers would. She shares here eight skills writers have that make them great candidates for that necessary-for-most day job. A first piece of writing advice I received was a warning...

Want to Be More Productive? Start by Being Honest About the Type of Writer You Are

Everyone knows that the best way to finally write a book is to set challenging goals and stick to them. Sick kid or leaky roof, let nothing deter you from your 1,000 words per day. Wait, that sounds kind of hard. Sorry! The real best way to...

Profit Spikes in Short Bursts of Time: Small Projects Writers Should Pursue

Want to see an uptick in your freelance writing income? Author of Writing to Make Money: Short Projects author Loriann Oberlin has a few ideas to get you started. In what we call the gig economy, writers routinely dream of contributing edit...

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