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Sometimes the Story Writes Itself

Writing fiction can be like dreaming, coming from our subconscious. Cheryl A. Ossola suggests writers need to get out of the story’s way.  Writing a novel is a mysterious process. Authors are often at a loss when asked why they made cert...

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...

How to Write Historical Fiction

Don’t know where to start on your historical fiction novel? Author Mariah Fredericks reveals how she conducted research on The Gilded Age for her new book, Death of a New American. I love historical fiction. Growing up, I read Jean Plaidy...

In the Chorus That Surrounds Every Writer, Listen to the Voice That’s Your Own

“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your hea...

9 Weird Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

To beat writer’s block, a typical problem among writers, let’s tackle it with atypical solutions. Nine of them, because, well, nine is an atypical number. We’ve heard the typical responses for how to overcome the seemingly over-come-a...

100 Years of WD: How Has Writer’s Digest Impacted Your Writing?

Writer’s Digest celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020 and we’re already planning for the January 2020 issue, which will kick off a year-long celebration in the magazine, online and at our live events. Digging through the archives in ...

Representation in Fiction: How to Write Characters Whose Experiences Are Outside of Your Own

As publishing endeavors to address inclusion and diverse representation in fiction, an inevitable question arises: Can authors write characters whose experience is outside of their own? This article appeared in the February 2019 edition of...

Reddit for Writers: 47 Writing Subreddits to Explore

In the May/June 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest, you’ll find our annual roundup of the 101 Best Websites for Writers! This year’s collection is supplemented by online addendums, including this guide to navigating Reddit’s offerings fo...

The Writer’s Dip: Should You Quit Your Current Writing Project?

How do you know if you should quit your current writing project or keep at it? Learn why quitting the “wrong things” may be the only way to achieve your wildest writing goals. I think I know why you’re here… You have this unquenchab...

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How to improve my setting descriptions

Hi all, I’m new here. I’ve been writing fiction for a while but only just starting to send things out for publication. I have however had quite a few non-fiction articles published, mostly personal accounts about my mental health (I suf...

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