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Cara Black: Passion for Paris

In her setting-centric novels, bestselling mystery author Cara Black shows the seamier side of the City of Light. BLACK PHOTO © LAURA SKAYHAN by Sharon McDonnell In her 18 mysteries starring female detective Aimée Leduc—a private invest...

Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters

In this extended interview from the October 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, bestselling Eligible author Curtis Sittenfeld explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the riches...

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Can you be a writer but not be a reader?

Edgelordess said: ↑ I think I learn better from watching than I do reading. When I was taking a course in creative writing, I felt obligated to copy the techniques in the short stories we had to read for that course. (There was more readi...

Buying Your Own Place: Advice From A Recent Grad (And Homeowner)

Buying your own place. Is it just me, or does that sound crazy? This used to be a normal stage in the lives of many North Americans. Today, it seems like an extreme luxury for most people. I honestly felt like I would never ever have a plac...

Sitting Up With Tom Wolfe — A 1974 Interview

This extensive interview with author and journalist Tom Wolfe, who passed away on May 14, 2018, appeared in Writer’s Digest in 1974, shortly before the publication of Wolfe’s iconic book The Right Stuff. Interview by Joe David Bellam...

How To Deal With Your First B

When I was in high school, I was a straight-A student. I’m sure a lot of you were too. Maybe you said things like “I didn’t study for that test, and I still got 92%.” If you did, you were a lot like seventeen-year-old me. Now, my Gr...

Extended Q&A with WD’s 2017 Short Short Story Competition Winner

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 18th Annual Short Short Story Competition. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories of 1,500 words or fewer. This year, “Beneath the Cracks” by Nicole Disn...

3 Characteristics of “Extraordinary” Heroes, According to Donald Maass

By Dustin Grinnell images from Project Gutenberg’s edition of The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a fantasy-adventure novel filled with danger, mystery and intrigue. The sto...

Essential Apps Every Student Needs

Apps—they’re a part of our fabric now. They are part of our DNA. And when you get down to it, there are some apps out there that make our lives easier. That’s all we want, right? To be a little more efficient, a little more mindful,...

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