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A Writer’s Job Is to Persevere: Not Stopping at 96

Eugenia Lovett West, who’s still actively writing and publishing at age 96, takes perseverance to the next level. What is it like to be writing and publishing at age 96? This is my story, and I hope it will give encouragement to writers o...

Blessed Are the Legend-Makers: 11 Tolkien Quotes for Writers

As is the case for many sci-fi and fantasy writers and dabblers, there is no author who has ignited my imagination and influenced my writing more than J.R.R. Tolkien. The worlds he created and stories he spun have enchanted generations of w...

Twice Upon a Time: 4 Reasons to Write Books Based on Classic Literature

Originality is overrated. Discover four reasons you should try tapping into the richness of literary history by writing books based on classic literature. The year 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s science-fiction classi...

No More Mr. Nice Guys: How to Write Flawed Characters & Antiheroes

Flawed characters and antiheroes make for fascinating protagonists—but their behavior can risk alienating readers. Follow this blueprint for flawed-yet-relatable heroes who can still provoke empathy. ILLUSTRATION © GETTY IMAGES: LUCIANO ...

Unlikable Characters: A Case Study

The “bad vs. worse” set-up discussed in the article “No More Mr. Nice Guys” in the September 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—all about unlikable but fascinating protagonists—lies at the heart of a form of moral argument known ...

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OK to exclude scene disasters and tension buildup for cozy mysteries?

I don’t read cosy mysteries really, so my opinion is not so informed. However, I do enjoy watching a good mystery or reading a crime novel. Have you read Agatha Christie, since you reference her? How did she break up her books and dev...

Case Study: How Self-Publishing Led Author Jonathan French to Hybrid Success

Jonathan French’s approach to self-publishing played an important role in how editors and agents perceived his book, and persuaded French to reevaluate his perspective on how authors can, and should, break into print. author photo credit:...

5 Lessons Studying Sleight-of-Hand Can Teach You About Writing Suspense

by Michael Kardos Ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved magic. The first Broadway show I ever saw, at age seven, was The Magic Show starring the great Doug Henning. In eighth grade, I started studying sleight-of-hand with a teacher at...

Writing Exercise: 3 Reasons to Write Imitations of Your Favorite Authors

Many artists have encountered the advice to “imitate the masters.” Aspiring composers generally study, practice and perform pieces by others before attempting to write their own concertos, for example, and visual artists often attempt t...

4 Lessons Writers Can Learn from ‘The Good Place’

In the first episode of NBC’s comedy The Good Place, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) learns that she has died and made it into a heaven-like afterlife known as the “Good Place,” but knows she doesn’t belong. With the help of her a...

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