Writer's Digest January 2012 (PDF)

Writer's Digest January 2012 (PDF)

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You'll Love This Issue of Writer's Digest If:

  • You want to become a novelist
  • You want to know how other authors achieved success in publishing
  • You're looking for instruction and advice for writing a novel

Is your dream to become a famous novelist one day? Well, now's the time to start honing your writing skills and developing your craft. Learn how to write a novel, get timeless novel writing advice, and exercises to strengthen your writing skills with this issue of Writer's Digest. Appropriately named The Novelist's Survival Kit issue, you'll find an article by James Scott Bell on seven ways to not write a novel, learn how to name your characters, create suspense within your story, and create a story map.

Just in case writing a novel isn't your number one goal, you'll also find articles, writing exercises, and advice on writing in general that can be applied to any type of writing. Don't delay - buy your issue of Writer's Digest today!

In This Issue You'll Learn:

  • Seven strategies that can doom your novel
  • Six ways to create and maintain suspense within your novel
  • 23 nuggets of advice and inspiration on novel writing

What You'll Find Inside This Issue

How Not to Write Your Novel
You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing-or, you can do just the opposite. by James Scott Bell

6 Secrets to Creating and Sustaining Suspense
No matter what you write, keep your readers captivated with these no-fail techniques. by Steven James

Put Your Novel on the Map
Regardless of your experience or how far along you are in your book, creating a story map can be a vital technique to guide you to your goal. by Nancy Ellen Dodd

What's in a character's name? Everything. Here's how to master the neglected art of moniker-making. by Elizabeth Sims

Tried & True: Timeless Novel Advice
Digging around the Writer's Digest archives proves it: While fad advice in the writing world comes and goes, some wisdom is so novel that it's withstood the test of time. Culled from 91 years of WD articles, interviews and essays, here are 23 of our favorite nuggets of enduring advice and inspiration. compiled by Kristen Grace

The WD Interview: Diana Gabaldon
From her genre-defying hit series to her mind-boggling writing process, nothing about Diana Gabaldon has ever fit neatly into a box. And that's just how she likes it. by Zachary Petit

WRITER'S WORKBOOK: Supporting Characters

Understanding the Minor Characters' Role
by Orson Scott Card

Crafting Effective Supporting Characters
by Hallie Ephron

Putting Your Supporting Cast to Work
by Joseph Bates

Sneaking in the Back Door:
A first-time author offers 4 strategies to connect with editors and sell your manuscript,without an agent. by Diane Kelly

  • Is Your Partner a Shadow Writer?
  • 5-Minute Memoir: Cars for Words
  • Poetic Asides: Hay(na)ku
  • Top Shelf
Ask the Agent: Betsy Lerner of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency
by Kara Gebhart Uhl

Breaking In: Debut Author Spotlight
by Chuck Sambuchino

Questions & Quandaries: Non-AAR Agents; Sample Chapters; First Rights
by Brian A. Klems

Your Story: First Things First, Contest #35

Standout Markets: CBAY Books; Flaunt; The American Scholar
by Tiffany Luckey

Conference Scene: Events for literary, horror and children's writers
by Linda Formichelli

Reject a Hit: Jurassic Park
Spoof-rejected by Matthew Lauser


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