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7 Thoughts on Conducting Interviews From Terry Gross, Host of NPR’s “Fresh Air”

Here are 7 thoughts on conducting interviews from Terry Gross, host of NPR’s “Fresh Air” show, from the February 2008 issue of Writer’s Digest. One of my favorite shows on NPR is Terry Gross’ “Fresh Air” program. If you’ve n...

3 Ways to Make Your Nonfiction Article Pitch Stand Out

Here are three ways to make your nonfiction article pitch stand out and find more success as a freelance writer for magazines, websites, and other media that uses shorter nonfiction writing from an editor who’s assigned articles in variou...

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Doing 1st person well…..

This could really be done to a matter of opinion but my advice would be. As a total beginner, I would encourage you to try and read some good quality material in first person. I was advised to read a least ten books in first before writing ...

Analogy vs. Metaphor vs. Simile (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you’re using an analogy vs. metaphor vs. simile with Grammar Rules from the Writer’s Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages. If you have trouble with understanding the difference between an analogy, metaph...

Take More Useful Notes: Use the Cornell Method

Taking notes in class: this is sort of like the basic survival technique of a student. Small creatures forage for food on the forest floor, hiding it away for the winter. Just like them, students scrounge for knowledge in the vast, complica...

Should Writers Use Social Media?

Should writers use social media? Will avoiding social media spell certain doom for budding writing careers? Or should writers consider keeping their distance from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like? Full confession: I’ve been usin...

Actively Learn – Find & Create Engaging Reading Assignments and More

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that I wrote for a new supporter of FreeTech4Teachers.com. A few years ago I stumbled upon Actively Learn while walking through the ISTE conference. I was… Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers...

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October Short Story Contest is OPEN!!!

Red Herring (4778) “Squad, we have a call from East Linden reporting a 10-16. If there are any patrols in the area please respond.” Peter was trained to come to life at the sound of the staticky voice on the radio. Dispatch said jump, h...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Zejel Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the zejel. Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the zejel along with a Top 10 list. Read all of them here. Here is the w...

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“The September Gurl” Contemporary YA Query critique

Hello Mx. Dead-ced-dead! here are my notes: Dear Agent, I am seeking representation for my contemporary YA novel, THE SEPTEMBER GURL, which is complete at 72,000 words and draws inspiration from Holly Sale’s GEEK GIRL series and Nick Horn...

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