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When You Want to Edit, But Feel Stuck on How to Approach it

I finished my draft for my current W.I.P last week and have been brainstorming ideas for editing and revising since. However, I have had trouble figuring out how to make those changes actually. I’ve edited parts of my manuscript where...

Building Your Freelance Writing Career: Just Say Yes

In this article from our November/December 2016 issue, Jeff Somers shares the best way to advance your freelance writing career: Just Say Yes. His advice still stands. A few years ago when I told my wife I wanted to leave my Day Job—and i...

What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

Announcing the Poet’s Market 2020!

Poet’s Market editor Robert Lee Brewer announces the Poet’s Market 2020, including what’s included in the 33rd annual edition of the most trusted guide to getting poetry published. Recently, I received a copy of Poet’s Market 2020 i...

Vintage WD: Isabel Allende’s June 2002 WD Interview

This vintage WD Interview from June 2002 features novelist Isabel Allende sharing her approach to starting a new novel, both in terms of the actual schedule, and the feelings and stories behind the idea for the book. In the June 2002 WD int...

5 Goals for Making Your Anthology the Best That It Can Be

Marika Lindholm, co-editor of the new book We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor offers 5 tips to creating a more appealing and successful anthology. I recently had the honor of coediting the anthology We Got This: Solo Mo...

Should Writers Have a Website?

Should writers have a website? Why or why not? We take a closer look. There are a few “business of writing” questions I’m frequently asked via email and at live events, including whether writers should use social media or if authors s...

Vintage WD: The First Hundred Words Are the Hardest

This article about the importance of the opening paragraph of your fiction writing first appeared in the October 1921 issue of The Writer’s Digest, as it was then known. It was written by Arthur Leeds. If you’re familiar with the curren...

Announcing Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market 2020

Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market 2020 editor Amy Jones announces the publication of the 32nd annual edition. The 32nd annual edition of Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market 2020 is now available! This was my ...

When and How Should Writers Negotiate Better Terms?

When and how should writers negotiate better terms? We look at when it’s appropriate for writers to negotiate and how they should do it. After 20 years as an editor of the Writer’s Market Books, I feel very confident in telling writers ...

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