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 • WD posed the question to readers on our website: “What book or short story with a sinister tone has had a lasting impact on you as a reader or writer?” Readers responded:
It Was a Calm, Wintery Night
Words Always Come First • Ursula Vernon (who also writes as T. Kingfisher) shares the impetus for her two author personas, her approach to writing for children, and what writing a webcomic taught her.
Worth a Thousand Words
Top 10 Survival Tips for Publishing • Poignant advice from some of the funniest people in publishing.
Poetic asides • No matter what you write, a bit of poetic license can be a valuable asset to any writer’s arsenal.
Estate Planning for Authors • Five Simple Tips to Build Your Legacy
What a Copy Editor Does—and How to Find a Good One • Making sense of the publishing world.
Alex R. Kahler, AKA K. R. Alexander
Karen Brailsford • AEVITAS CREATIVE MANAGEMENT
BREAKING IN • Debut authors: How they did it, what they learned, and why you can do it, too.
WRITER’S DIGEST 2022 ANNUAL LITERARY AGENT ROUNDUP • Looking for literary representation? Here are 20+ agents open to queries and their tips for making the best first impression.
IS IT LEGIT? • How to protect yourself publishing scams.
WRITING BITE-SIZE HORROR • Horror stories don’t have to be long to create a solid scare. Here are 9 tips for writing sinister microfiction.
IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU • Dealing With Guilt by Association
Tiffany D. Jackson
A MUCH DARKER TURN • Emmett Knowlton, first-place winner of the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Awards, shares a coming-of-age story with a twist and a brief Q&A.
Aisle Six • THE CHALLENGE: Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below.
HORROR FICTION FOR LITERARY WRITERS
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK • 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.
PUBLISHING INSIGHTS • 4 Sports Magazines
LEVEL UP YOUR WRITING (LIFE) • Advice and tips to boost your writing skills.
BUILDING BETTER WORLDS • Tips for making your story concrete.
Rhyme Time • Writing and publishing advice for picture books, middle-grade, and young adult storytelling.
CONFERENCE SCENE • Events to advance your craft, connections, and career.
POTPOURRI FOR THE PEN • An aromatic blend of writerly diversions.