Writer's Digest January 2015 Digital Download

Writer's Digest January 2015 Digital Download

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Writer's Digest, January 2015, Volume 95, No. 1

FEATURES: Write Your Novel in 2015!

Characters, Scene by Scene Dimensional characters are born from drama,not description. Here's why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time. by David Corbett

How to Craft Flawless Dialogue Character conversations are the gems of your story,but just as readers can appreciate fine jewels, so can they spot cheap imitations of the real thing. Use these 7 steps to add quality and clarity to your story's talk. by Elizabeth Sims

Tension & Release To keep readers engaged, you need to write a story with rhythm,and use those beats to drum up mid-book climaxes, multifaceted plotlines, and promises of even bigger thrills to come. Here's how to pull it off in 7 steps. by Steven James

Why So Many Writers Give Up Mid-Novel (& How Not to Be One of Them) Take an honest look at the real reasons our stories can stall,and discover 9 simple strategies to help you make it to “The End." by Tracey Barnes Priestley

Installment Plans What are the real secrets to writing successful series novels? We brought together four bestsellers across a spectrum of genres to find out. by Adrienne Crezo

The WD Interview: Rachel Renée Russell Rachel Renée Russell stopped practicing law soon after her first middle-grade novel charted The New York Times bestsellers list. Ten books and a film option later, it looks as if she made the right choice. by Tiffany Luckey

WRITER'S WORKBOOK: Spiritual & Christian Writing

Writing the Spiritual Essay by Dinty W. Moore

Clichés to Avoid in Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke

Handling Controversial Language in Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke


Revising Out Loud: Not sure if your work-in-progress is, well, working? Gather some friends, food and manuscripts and have a read-aloud. by Joe Stollenwerk


  • 5-Minute Memoir
  • Grammar Booster: Special Prepositions
  • Poetic Asides: Madrigal
  • #CompleteThisTweet
  • A Few Minutes a Day


MEET THE AGENT: Adriann Ranta, Wolf Literary Services by Kara Gebhart Uhl

BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight by Chuck Sambuchino

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: Querying YA Fiction; Questioning Copy Edits; Compiling Book Proposals by Barbara Poelle

YOUR STORY: First Things First, Contest #59

STANDOUT MARKETS: The Permanent Press; American Short Fiction; The Progressive by Cris Freese

CONFERENCE SCENE: Inland Northwest Christian Writers; Women Writers' Winter Retreat; Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition by Linda Formichelli

REJECT A HIT: Webster's Dictionary spoof-rejected by Alissa Knop

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