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Jump-Start Your Writing: 3 Myths That Hinder Creativity—and How to Conquer Them

by Gabriela Pereira A few years ago I decided to make my New Year’s Resolution that I would give up making resolutions. This might sound counter-intuitive but let me explain. For years I thought the only way I would make progress toward m...

Script Classics: Writing a Great Third Act

The Third Act can make or break your screenplay. As films explore new territory in terms of plot and storytelling, the craft of writing them becomes more of a challenge. Julius Neelley has been a documentary film editor, screenwriter, and ...

Drawing Board to Writing Desk: The Transition from Writing Comics to Writing Novels

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] by Michael Moreci A strange thing happened when I sat down to write my first novel for St. Martin’s Press. I had to wri...

7 Tips for Creating Writing Goals That Actually Work

Every New Year gives you a chance to set new goals. Script Editor, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, shares tips for creating writing goals that are realistic in hopes this will be the year that truly elevates your career! Click to tweet this arti...

For the Love of Writing: 25 Wordsmiths Explain Why They Write

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or fewer? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Last month, we called for our readers to share the motivations behind their wondrous words and reasons behind their lov...

The Screenwriter’s Toolbox: Two Techniques Novelists Can Borrow from Film When Writing Opening Scenes

Get ready for a bigger, better writing community. Writers Digest and ScriptMag will be merging into a single, fully redesigned website in 2018! image from Getty | CSA Images/Printstock Collection By Kes Trester When I made the switch fro...

Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice

This post covers some of our 101 websites for writers selected in 2017. Now, we’re hunting for our top 101 websites for writers in 2018. Hit us with your best recommenations in the comments below. For 19 years now, we’ve been doing the ...

Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue here or subscribe. Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will ...

Develop Daily Writing Resilience to Succeed

“Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”—Jessamyn West The dead aren’t supposed to walk among us, but they do. I’ve seen them—writers frazzled from...

5 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Memoir

by Cheryl Suchors For some writers, structure appears like a bridge in the mist; for others, like myself, there’s only the mist. Several ingredients can be used to create a structure, like that bridge, that works for your book. You may kn...

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