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Story Population

It’s easily one of my Big Problems – a lack of sensible population in my stories. Oddly, I have an easier time of things in shorter works. For whatever reason, it feels easier to reference or give a small speaking part to ancill...

20 Ways How to Write Characters Better: Protagonists, Antagonists, Minor Characters, and More!

Here is the post you’ve been looking for: A complete guide of ways how to write characters better, whether you’re looking to create protagonists, antagonists, or minor characters from a range of award-winning and bestselling authors. Po...

Vintage WD: Decoding the Secrets to Selling Popular Fiction, Part 2

Part 2 of this April 1981 WD article by Roy Sorrels and Megan Daniel about writing and selling popular fiction picks up where part 1 left off: analyzing both good and bad examples in your chosen genre to see what works and what doesn’t. B...

Vintage WD: Decoding the Secrets to Selling Popular Fiction, Part 1

In this first part of a 1981 WD article about writing popular fiction like old-fashioned murder mysteries or regency romances, Roy Sorrels and Megan Daniel share some of their best tips for satisfying discerning readers. By Roy Sorrels and ...

Mastering High Concept Ideas

If you want to grab the attention of agents and even Hollywood, finding high concept ideas for your books is the way to do it. Jess Zafarris shares the basics and how to hone your pitch in this article from our September 2019 issue. There...

Learning From Vintage Magazines: Back in the Day

Fiction and nonfiction writers alike can glean lessons about writing from the examples of industry defying, sometimes outlandish, vintage magazines, and comics. Don Vaughn explains in this essay from the May/June 2019 issue of Writer’s Di...

How to Write BDSM Romance: Start With the Heart and Soul (and Dirty Dancing)

Learn how to write BDSM romance with heart and soul in this piece by Joey W. Hill, author of 50 published contemporary and paranormal BDSM romances. How did a North Carolina woman living in a small town make a successful 15+ year career out...

Do Writers Need to Go to College?

Do writers need to go to college to be writers? If so, should they major in English, communications, journalism, creative writing, or some other discipline? And if not, what kind of education should writers pursue? We dive into these questi...

How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay That Works

In this post, we discuss how to write a five-paragraph essay that works, regardless of subject or topic, with a simple—but effective—plan for completing a successful essay. As a parent of five children (three now in high school), I’ve...

Susan Jane Gilman: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a Conversation

Susan Jane Gilman, the bestselling multigenre writer, talks about her latest novel, Donna Has Left the Building, and appreciating your gifts. IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million | Amazon [WD uses affiliate links.] This past fa...

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