Writer's Digest January 2016 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest January 2016 Digital Edition

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Writer’s Digest, January 2016, Volume 96, No. 1

FEATURES: Write Your Novel in 2016!

The Machinery of Desire The most compelling characters are driven by conflicting desires. Here’s how to use that yearning to pull all the right parts of your story in motion. by David Corbett

Rewriting the “Rules” of Dialogue Understand why and how to break these 7 common rules about writing dialogue, and you’ll write more effective, nuanced, and engaging character conversations. by Steven James

Power Tools It’s not the size of your writer’s toolbox that matters—it’s how you use what’s inside. Become proficient with these 2 tools, and you can fix most any story problem. by Elizabeth Sims

Novel Writing from A to Z Staring down the first blank page of your novel-to-be can be daunting—but any hesitation stops here. Our A to Z guide of expert tips, inspirational advice and helpful hints will walk you from Page 1 through The End. Compiled by Baihley Grandison & Tyler Moss

The WD Interview: Jojo Moyes For proof that resonating with readers is what matters most—and that “overnight success” is often a whole career in the making—meet Jojo Moyes: one of the hottest yet humblest writers on the world stage today. by Jessica Strawser

Literature With a Splash of Lime Plan your next vacation around one of these Caribbean literary festivals, and enrich your writing life island-style. by Joanne C. Hillhouse

WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Word Choice & Sentence Structure

Write with Precision by Stephen Wilbers

Make Every Word Count by Stephen Wilbers

Paint Pictures with Words by Barbara Baig

INKWELL

On Location: Learn 3 Unexpected lessons about depicting place on the page. by Noah Lederman

Plus:

  • 5-Minute Memoir
  • Poetic Asides: Décima
  • In Memoriam
  • The Explanding Market for Children’s Lit
  • Good to Know: Depression

COLUMNS

MEET THE AGENT: Kate McKean, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency Inc. by Kara Gebhart Uhl

BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight by Chuck Sambuchino

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: Why Agents Might Stop Submitting; How Far to Take Research by Barbara Poelle

YOUR STORY: First Things First, Contest #67

STANDOUT MARKETS: Peachtree Publishers; The Antioch Review; Eating Well by Cris Freese

CONFERENCE SCENE: LIMCon Chicago; UCLA Extension Writers Studio; Write Here Write Now by Don Vaughan

REJECT A HIT: The Scarlet Letter spoof-rejected by Janet Benton