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Vintage Wisdom (Good and Bad): 14 Short Fiction Writing Tips From 1929

Cover of Writer’s Digest August 1929 issue In the nearly 100 years that Writer’s Digest has been shepherding writers through their careers, the magazine has published countless tips on the craft of writing. Some timeless fiction writing...

Writing Exercise: How to Start Loving Your Characters

As you probably are aware by now, story is what drives a reader to the end of a book, but characters are what readers fall in love with. The Greeks referred to this tension with the terms Thanos and Eros. Thanos, which refers to death, is t...

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...

Writing the Surreal: A Conversation with Author Steve Kissing

[Enter your finest self-published work into the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards!] “The term ‘surreal’—we use it to describe the very best and the very worst experiences in our lives—both the highlights and the horrib...

How to Fall in Love with the Writing Process: 6 Questions to Hone Your Creative Workflow

Plots and characters will come and go, but for successful writers, passion for the writing process burns on. Use these 6 questions to transform your creative method from craft into art. Do I love my characters? Do I love my book? More impor...

Jaleigh Johnson: Improving Your Writing With Dungeons & Dragons

For New York Times-bestselling fantasy novelist Jaleigh Johnson—author of The Mark of the Dragonfly, The Secrets of Solace and 2018’s The Door to the Lost, among others—Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is more than just a role-pla...

7 Ways to Defend Yourself from Writing Coach Scams

Industry experts and legitimate writing coaches provide advice on how to spot writing coach scams and shield yourself accordingly. The profession of “writing coach” has come under recent scrutiny. The outcry follows a July 2018 article ...

3 Key Novel Writing Tips: Wisdom from the Authors Speaking in the 2019 Virtual Conference for Novelists

Each January, we help writer’s launch and achieve their novel writing goals in our annual Virtual Conference for Novelists. This year’s event, running January 25-27, features six award-winning and best-selling authors who will share t...

How to Pitch Articles and Get Published: An Effective 4-Step Strategy

Freelance writers who want to get published in magazines and on websites need to learn one skill above all others, and that’s how to pitch articles. Of course, writing skills are needed too. But freelancers, especially when they’re star...

Changing the Face of Crime Fiction: 6 Writers of Color on Writing Mysteries, Crime Novels and Thrillers

In a genre that has historically lacked diversity, six writers of color discuss overcoming the challenge of breaking in and the current climate for crime, mystery and thriller fiction. “It can be lonely. … And there have been times when...

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