Writer's Digest January 2017 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest January 2017 Digital Edition

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Writer’s Digest, January 2017, Volume 97. No. 1

FEATURES: Write That Novel

How Setting Shapes Story Time and place should be more than just a backdrop. Use these tools to mine your setting, and you’ll have everything you need to fuel your narrative drive. By Elizabeth Nunez

To Change or Not to Change? For anyone who’s heard the dictum that characters must have a transformational arc, that really is the question. And the answer may surprise you. By David Corbett

21 Ways to Pivot Your Plot Need more tension, momentum or just an unexpected turn? Try these strategies. By Elizabeth Sims

Novel Writing by the Numbers To get from start to finish, sometimes all you need is a simple countdown. Compiled by Jessica Strawser

Craft a Killer Cozy Subgenres come and go, but the traditional mystery is here to stay. Master these essentials of the form, and you may just find yourself cozying up to success. By Jane K. Cleland

The WD Interview: Debbie Macomber The journey to becoming one of the bestselling authors of all time began with the power of positive thinking—and never strayed from the path. Sometimes, success really is as simple as that. By Jessica Strawser

 

WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Framing Your Story

Why Point of View Is So Important By Joseph Bates

Amplify Your Narrative Voice By Jordan Rosenfeld

How to Shape Time & Tense in First Person By Alicia Rasley

 

INKWELL

A Life Well Written:Writing about your life, but unsure of where to start and what to cover? Use mini memoirs to puzzle your story together piece by piece. By Richard Campbell

Plus:

  • 5-Minute Memoir: The Review Rat Race
  • Poetic Asides:Byr a Thoddaid
  • Good to Know: Religion
  • Rules for Writing Strong Sequels
  • In Memoriam: Anna Dewdney

COLUMNS

MEET THE AGENT: Helen Adams, Zimmermann Literary. By Kara Gebhart Uhl

BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight By Chuck Sambuchino

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK Categorizing Fiction; Treating Signer’s Remorse. By Barbara Poelle

YOUR STORY: ”Love by the Numbers”

STANDOUT MARKETS: Narratively, John F. Blair, Popular Mechanics, The Gettysburg Review By Tyler Moss

CONFERENCE SCENE: Desert Nights, Rising Stars; Palm Beach Poetry; Unicorn Writers’ Conference. By Don Vaughan

PLATFORMS OF YOURE: Emily Dickinson