Writer's Digest University: A Multimedia Education in Writing and Publishing

Writer's Digest University: A Multimedia Education in Writing and Publishing

Writer's Digest University: A Multimedia Education in Writing and Publishing

Writer's Digest University: A Multimedia Education in Writing and Publishing


Everything You need to Write and Sell Your Work

This is the ultimate crash course in writing and publishing Inside youll find comprehensive instruction, up-to-date market listings, a CD featuring recorded live webinars with industry professionals, an all-access pass to WritersMarket.com, and more. "Writers Digest University" is the perfect resource for you, no matter your experience level.

This one-stop resource contains:

Quick and comprehensive answers to common questions including: How do I write a successful novel?" and "How do I know if self-publishing is right for me?"

Instruction and examples for formatting and submitting fiction, nonfiction, articles, childrens writing, scripts, and verse.

Advanced instruction on business-related issues like marketing and publicity, using social media, freelancing for corporations, keeping finances in order, and setting the right price for your work.

A detailed look at what agents want and how to get one that best fits your needs.

Market listings for publishers and agents open to unsolicited work and new writers, contests and awards, and conferences and workshops.

A CD with recordings of 4 popular WD webinars: How Do I Get My Book Published?, How to Land a Literary Agent, How Writers Can Succeed in the Future of Digital Publishing, and Freelance Basics.

A scratch-off code that gives you a one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com and a 20% discount on the WritersDigestUniversity.com course of your choice.

Get started now with everything you need to build a thriving writing career. Whether youre starting from scratch or have a bit of experience, youll find the tools you need for success."


One of the biggest problems that plagues beginning writers is self-doubt. Whether that doubt results from age, gender, profession, lack of experience, or limited education, it creeps into the minds of beginning writers and often dampens hope and hinders progress. Unfortunately, self-doubt doesn’t go away with experience, age, or even success. Writers will always wonder if they have what it takes; even after a long career of publishing, you may wonder if you’ve been faking it all along.

The answers in this chapter provide a starting point for thinking about some of these existential problems, but many of the final answers will be unique to you and will change over time. Writers tend to have opposing views on the role self-doubt plays in the creative life. Sylvia Plath said, “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt,” while Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette said, “The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately.”

This chapter also addresses questions that relate to setting up life as writer—the tools, space, and time that you will need. Again, the answers to these questions often depend on knowing the best way to remove distractions and allow for productive writing time. All writers work a little differently, and no one way is best.

What does it take to become a writer?

Mostly passion and persistence—the passion to write and the persistence to keep writing in the face of failure. Curiosity and an awareness of human behavior are also signature qualities of successful writers. Knowledge about the publishing industry can be vital and helps you avoid frustration and wasted time.

I’m interested in writing but not sure I have the aptitude for it. Are all good writers born with writ
ing talent?

Certain writers may be born with more talent than others, but writing is mostly learned through practice; talent often boils down to having the discipline to write regularly and frequently. Anyone with the energy and willingness to develop as a writer can learn the craft and become successful at it. It’s also possible for a talented and gifted writer to lack the energy and persistence necessary to publish with any degree of success.

How can I be sure I really have creative writing ability?

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