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10 Irish Poetic Forms

Here are 10 Irish poetic forms and how to write them. From the ae freislighe to the snam suad and several poem types in between. I’ve been covering poetic forms on this blog for more than a decade now. Long enough to make lists of poetic ...

Novem: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the novem, a form invented by Robin Skelton. Novem Poems The novem is a poetic form invented by Robin Skelton, author of The Shapes of Our Singing. In that bo...

When Should Writers Write on Spec?

When should writers write on spec? What does writing “on spec” even mean? And when should writers write on assignment? We dive into these questions here. First off, let’s define what writing on spec means. Writing on spec (or “on sp...

The Art of Spin-Offs: Freelance Article Ideas

Cultivating multiple article ideas from the same topic can help freelance writers collect more bylines explains Dinsa Sachan in this article from Writer’s Digest March/April 2019. In today’s fractured media environment, every month sees...

Metaphor vs. Personification (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you’re using a metaphor vs. personification with Grammar Rules from the Writer’s Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages. It’s easy to confuse terms about figures of speech, especially when they intersect...

Writer’s Digest Cover Prints – Now Available!

Get your piece of Writer’s Digest history with a commemorative print of your favorite Writer’s Digest cover! We picked some of the most amusing, inspiring, and beautiful Writer’s Digest covers from our first 100 years to offer to you ...

Do Writers Need to Go to College?

Do writers need to go to college to be writers? If so, should they major in English, communications, journalism, creative writing, or some other discipline? And if not, what kind of education should writers pursue? We dive into these questi...

How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay That Works

In this post, we discuss how to write a five-paragraph essay that works, regardless of subject or topic, with a simple—but effective—plan for completing a successful essay. As a parent of five children (three now in high school), I’ve...

Susan Jane Gilman: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a Conversation

Susan Jane Gilman, the bestselling multigenre writer, talks about her latest novel, Donna Has Left the Building, and appreciating your gifts. IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million | Amazon [WD uses affiliate links.] This past fa...

Screenwriter and Novelist, Turned YA Author, Christopher J. Moore: Author Spotlight

The business of writing often requires an author to cast out nets in more than one medium. Christopher J. Moore started his writing career in screenwriting, working on successful TV shows, but soon realized he wanted his stories to reach a ...

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