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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...

MOOO – Museum of Obsolete Objects

Do you remember using the end of a pencil to dial your rotary phone? Did you have an answering machines that used cassette tapes? Do you remember the annoyance of having your mouse connected to your computer? If you said yes to any of those...

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...

5 Tips For Crafting Great Presentation Decks

You don’t have to channel your inner Steve Jobs to craft an impactful presentation deck. Any student can do it with the proper guidance.   However, by learning to master the presentation tools that you have at your disposal, you can not...

How to Socialize While Still Being Yourself

So, you’re sitting at the lunch table. Tuna sandwich in your hands, salad in the Tupperware, you even remembered to bring some apple juice. But you can’t enjoy it. After you finish your lunch, you have to sit awkwardly alone for the rem...

13 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sign That Book Contract or Take That Freelance Writing Job

The following article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Subscribe today to get the inspiration and advice you need to succeed as a poet, novelist, journalist or screenwriter. ILLUSTRATION © GETTY IMAGES: OIVIND HOVLAND In a com...

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,...

By Request – 5 Task Management Tools for Students

This morning I received an email from a reader seeking suggestions for to-do list management tools her students can use to keep track of assignments and other things that they have to do during the week. Here are my suggestions for task-man...

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Share Your First Paragraph

Hello everyone. This is currently the opening paragraph of the first short story I intend to publish. “Lisa Guerra had landed a permanent job, and it had not been her idea. She had temped for as long as one conceivably could before a ...

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