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Grand Finale: Two Strategies for Writing Great Story Endings

It’s the last day of NaNoWriMo and nearing the end of the year, which means many stories—both literal and figurative—are drawing to a close. Powerful, unexpected story endings will leave readers hungry for your next novel. Consider t...

7 Research and Writing Tips for Setting a Book in Another Country

My newest novel, The Storyteller’s Secret, alternates settings between modern day and 1940’s India. Although I had not traveled to India recently, I knew how critical it was to get the setting and culture correct, so I was forced to be ...

Stan Lee’s 1947 Guide to Writing and Selling Comics

In 1947, when the late comics legend Stan Lee was in his mid-20s and was just rising to notoriety, he contributed an article to Writer’s Digest called “There’s Money in Comics!” In the article, Lee shares his comics writing secrets...

What’s the Big Idea? 20 Out-of-the-Box Writing Exercises & Story Starters

Fresh out of story ideas? Generate your next big concept with these 20 out-of-the-box writing exercises and story starters, created by the editors of Writer’s Digest. Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premise that...

A Good Tool for Writing Reflections on Stories

Scholastic’s Character Scrapbook offers a good template that elementary school students can use to write about and reflect on the characters in their favorite stories. The template is quite simple to use. Students enter the name ...

5 Tips for Writing About Fictional Technology

Author Julie Hyzy uses examples from popular books and films that incorporate fictional technology to understand what makes for appealing, believable tech-dependent stories.  Have you ever walked through doors that whooshed open at your ap...

NaNoWriMo Begins! 30 Tips for Conquering Your 30-Day Writing Challenge

Taking on a 30-day writing challenge this month? Here, 30 veterans share their best NaNoWriMo tips and advice for finishing the month strong. Somehow I have convinced myself to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year. It’s n...

Scare Tactics: 7 Tricks for Writing Terrifying Horror Fiction & Monster Stories

Photo by Rob Potter on Unsplash by Jessica Page Morrell The bottom line for all fiction is that the story is a lie the reader can believe in, with characters he comes to know and care about. In horror fiction and monster stories, the bot...

What does writing mean to you? Take the Writer’s Digest community survey!

Writer’s Digest and Script Mag readers come in all shapes and sizes. Some have never written before, but have a novel or short story on the tips of their pens and want to know how to bring it to life. Some have completed a manuscript, hav...

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing a Memoir

Author Eli Jaxon-Bear shares three essential questions you must ask when writing a memoir. When I wrote An Outlaw Makes it Home, I had written several other books but nothing this personal. Since I have never read any advice on writing a me...

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