Writer's Digest magazine is a comprehensive source of writing instruction for writers. Each issue provides advice and insider tips on writing and selling fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts.
FROM OUR READERS
A Turning Point
I Think This Is Real • Author and essayist Sloane Crosley talks about her new novel, Cult Classic, writing with humor, and the tangled romance of friendship.
Worth a Thousand Words
The Necessity of Professionalism • Three editors offer advice for freelancers about the dos and don’ts of maintaining professional working relationships.
Poetic asides • No matter what you write, a bit of poetic license can be a valuable asset to any writer’s arsenal.
Lessons From Book Two
Creating Your Story Frame • New rules. New strategies. New paths to success.
Nikesha Elise Williams
How Do You Know You’re in the Wrong Writing Group? • Making sense of the publishing world.
Liz Parker • VERVE TALENT & LITERARY
BREAKING IN • Debut authors: How they did it, what they learned, and why you can do it, too.
The Tyranny of the Verb To Be • Writers are often told to remove passive verbs from their writing. Tobias S. Buckell considers the history of that advice and why careful attention to passive verbs can be rewarding.
7 Tips to Rev a Stalling Story • When you’ve hit a writing rut but the outline isn’t helping, try one of these tricks for pushing your characters to their limits and giving your draft a clear direction.
Find Your Creative FLOW • How do writers find the sometimes elusive “flow” they often talk about? Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA has a framework for finding and maintaining creative flow, no matter your goals.
11 Writing-Career Crossroads • Writers will face numerous career-altering decisions during their writing lives. Here’s one author’s advice for navigating those choices.
MORE FOR THE JOURNEY
So You Want to Quit Your Day Job • Writing frequently starts as a second job or hobby for many authors, but with planning and preparation, you can create a game plan to write full-time.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia • The bestselling author of Mexican Gothic shares her approach to world-building, character development, and what she’s learned about the business of writing.
Time, That Gentleman Caller • Julie Novak-McSweeney, winner of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards, shares the story behind her winning poem, “The Old Ones.”
Facilitating Progress • THE CHALLENGE: Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo below.
➜ ENTER YOUR STORY
5 LESSONS FICTION WRITERS CAN LEARN FROM PLAYWRITING • WRITING TIPS FROM MASTER OF FINE ARTS PROGRAMS AND CANDIDATES
FUNNYYOU SHOULDASK • A literary agent’s mostly serious answers to your mostly serious questions.
ALL ABOUT THE PITCH • Covering the tips, tricks, and tactics for capturing the attention of an assigning editor so you don’t get ghosted.
The Biggest Surprises and Learning Moments of the Publishing Process
4 EDITOR SHOUT-OUTS
Managing Point of View (Part 3 of 3): The Distance of Time • Advice and tips to boost your writing skills.
Some Thoughts on Designing Cities • Tips for making your story concrete.
Tips for Writing Captivating Historical Middle-Grade Fiction • Writing and publishing advice for picture books, middle-grade, and young adult storytelling.
CONFERENCE SCENE • Events to advance your craft, connections, and career.
Preparing for the New Normal
POTPOURRI FOR THE PEN • An aromatic blend of writerly diversions.