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The 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate our 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition winners! For full coverage of the awards, please check out the November/December 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest. For complete coverage...

Getting Started in Freelance Writing: Key Tips from Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun

Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun shares a few tips on for getting started in freelance writing — a topic she’ll address in greater detail in her indieLAB session on what it takes to forge a successful writing career of any kind. I’ve had ...

Planning To Write Something Today? Tips for Setting Writing Goals that Work

Lynn Dickinson shares tips to help writers honestly examine their writing routines to make the changes necessary to achieve their writing goals. As an assignment, I asked my students to take a close look at their own thoughts and behavior p...

Train Your Eye for Better Writing: 3 Writing Techniques Adapted from the Visual Arts

Add color to the canvas of your manuscript with these 3 writing techniques adapted from practices commonly used by painters and other visual artists. By Tess Callahan You can’t learn to paint by looking at a Picasso any more than you can ...

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Handwriting your story in cursive, but then your words and thoughts slow down

I decided to try a different approach in my current W.I.P where I handwrite in script instead of print. I found my print to be slow and discovered that writing in cursive often goes faster, according to some articles I’ve read online....

Tobias S. Buckell Discusses Successful Writing Collaborations and the Elements of Powerful Sci-Fi

Tobias S. Buckell is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 stories and science-fiction novels, which have been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science...

Who Ya Gonna Call? Writing Paranormal and Supernatural Phenomena Realistically and Authentically

Given the popularity and depictions of “paranormal and supernatural phenomena” in movies and TV, one of the world’s foremost scientific experts on writing paranormal and supernatural phenomena explains how his expertise assists filmma...

With a Little Help From Our (Writing) Friends: How to Cultivate a Writing Community

Writing is something we do on our own, but finding success requires a supportive writing community. Having others who understand what we go through, who provide a shoulder to cry on during tough times and who raise a glass with us to celebr...

The 12 Best and Worst Things That Could Happen After Your Freelance Article Is Accepted

This article is excerpted from Susan Shapiro’s new book, The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks © 2018 from Writer’s Digest Books. The newspaper, magazine or web editor loves the freelance article you submitted and says “Yes!...

Successful Writing Collaborations: 3 Questions Co-Authors & Ghostwriters Need to Ask

By Howard Zaharoff As a lawyer and a writer, I truly believe that the key to successful collaborative writing, from an equal co-authorship to a ghostwritten autobiography, is a good contract that is clear about who has what roles, how ri...

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