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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...

Join the Writer’s Digest Author Exchange Facebook Group to Network with WD Authors

The Writer’s Digest Authors Exchange is a public Facebook group intended to inspire and inform writers about the craft of writing and the business of publishing. It’s a place where writers find encouragement and support as they pursue t...

5 Takeaways from Romance Writers of America

This July, 2,000 romance writers from all over the country descended on Denver for the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference. For 38 years this event has served as a way for those writing in the romance genre to get together to...

Learn from The Incredibles: How to Write Super Characters

The Incredibles 2, the sequel to Pixar’s iconic superhero film, offers writers the oportunity to enhance our understanding of effective character development. Here are a few lessons from the movie that you can apply in your fiction. Photo...

5 Lessons Writers Can Learn from Ferdinand the Bull

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] By Kerrie Flanagan Munro Leaf’s timeless children’s classic, The Story of Ferdinand, was written on a Sunday afterno...

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Associated Press Reply to Me

jakeybum said: ↑ Hello, The Associated Press replied to me and said that in the following construction I should not include the percent symbol (%) after the first number: This: a 10- to 15%-a-year increase in sales Not: a 10%- to 15%-a-ye...

How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America

[Register for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference today!] Thanks to the way we consume news today—largely through social media—weeding out what info is real and what’s fake is more difficult than ever. While social media has creat...

Putting the Heart in Science Fiction: An Analysis of the Screenplay ‘Her’

Often, the science fiction genre is high on concept but low on heart. More cerebral than emotional. However, there’s a new wave of sci-fi that prioritizes the heart over the head. Steve Rose writes that movies such as The Arrival and Inte...

10 Best Love Poems Ever!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought this year I’d share my top 10 best love poems ever written. Of course, this is not an exhaustive (or even overly authoritative) list. It’s just my favorites, and I encourage everyone to share their fav...

Crowdfunding a Novel: Fantastic and Frustrating

Interested in crowdfunding a novel? Susan K. Hamilton, who has crowdfunded two novels, shares the joys and frustrations authors can expect when publishing via this 21st century route. In the “good old days” getting published was a labor...

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