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What’s the Big Idea? 20 Out-of-the-Box Writing Exercises & Story Starters

Fresh out of story ideas? Generate your next big concept with these 20 out-of-the-box writing exercises and story starters, created by the editors of Writer’s Digest. Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premise that...

Surprise vs. Suspense and How to Pair Them in Your Writing

In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut discussed their work during a marathon session that lasted for days. The two great directors and their French/English interpreter barely paused for meals. It was during this conversation that...

How to Turn Your Writing World Around, Part 1: Setting and Detail

The following is a guest post by E.J. Runyon. Indie and small press ventures still fight to make their marks in sales rankings. When it comes to fiction or memoir, a set way of thinking about your work may be keeping your numbers and your ...

How to Sell an Essay or Article: 21 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

Wondering how to sell an essay? Writing a cover letter that’s short and perfect to introduce your pages will sell a piece faster than submitting an excellent article or essay with an uninspired note. This article is excerpted from Susan S...

Writing and Publishing Graphic Novels from Start to Finish

By Steve Kissing One of the things that amuses me about publishing my first graphic novel is that prior to engaging in this project a few years ago, I had never read one. I had some sense of graphic novels, of course, but I paid them no hee...

Pitching Articles: 5 Tips for a Successful Freelance Writing Pitch

If you want to make a living writing for your favorite publications, you need to perfect your freelance writing pitch. Here are a few things to keep in mind when pitching articles for magazines, newspapers and the web. If you’re a freelan...

Writing for Magazines: How to Land a Magazine Assignment

Kerrie Flanagan, author of the brand-new, comprehensive Guide to Magazine Article Writing, shares her best tips for writing for magazines. To learn more, check out her book, and don’t miss Kerrie’s session Build Your Author Platform Th...

How Freud’s Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis Applies to the Writing Experience

How does Freud’s fundamental rule of psychoanalysis apply to the life of a writer? DeSales Harrison explores how his former training as a psychoanalyst helped him craft his novel—and the writing process in general. The Inexhaustible Wei...

Shifting Gears: Publishing a Book Outside Your Usual Genre

If you’re known for your work in a particular genre, publishing a book that goes in an entirely different direction can be a chore. Here, Tim Wendel offers tips for approaching the challenge. By Tim Wendel I knew I had my work cut out for...

3 Writing Tips From Bestseller Sloane Crosley

By Carten Cordell Sloane Crosley can coax humor from the most unlikeliest of depths, whether it’s a good line from your locksmith or avenging a childhood slight during a pride parade. Right-hand photo Credit: Ungano + Agriodimas 2017 It...

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