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Why Writers Have a Love-Hate Relationship With Technology

These days writers hoping to write, pitch, publish and platform-build have little choice but to surrender themselves to their laptops and smartphones—a complicated predicament for the dreamers of the world. Here are several pros and cons ...

Immersive Nonfiction & Idea Generation with The Fifth RiskAuthor Michael Lewis

Author Michael Lewis of The Big Short, Moneyball and his latest, The Fifth Risk, lays out his formula for immersive nonfiction in this extended Writer’s Digest interview. Whether by luck or an innate synchronicity, Michael Lewis often...

Tools For Technical Edits: Grammarly

Have you sent an email and desperately wished you could take it back because you spotted a dumb spelling mistake? Or received a graded essay only to discover that it’s riddled with grammatical errors your professor caught? Reviewing our o...

10 Creative Ways to Beat Writer’s Block Fast

We’re smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and some of us are probably a little bit behind on our word count—definitely, definitely not me, but you know, some of us. Cough. Right. Anyway, it’s time to pick up the pace: This piece from t...

MyBib is Back

The last time that I wrote about MyBib it was to report that I didn’t have any information about when it would be back online, if ever. That was exactly one month ago. This morning I received an email from a reader named Eliza who exc...

The 9-Minute Novelist

Strapped for writing time? Fret no more: This incremental approach will lead you from first draft to finished manuscript in no time. Learn how to write a novel in mere minutes a day. Writing a novel is a complicated equation involving a lot...

Guest Bloggers Wanted

Once a year I host guest bloggers for a week. This year I’m doing that during the week of November 11th. In past years I have had some awesome guest bloggers who went to to boost their own blogs by having their work appear on Free Tec...

Plausible Scares: Blending the Real and Unreal in Horror Fiction

Using examples from William Peter Blatty’s iconic horror novel The Exorcist, Dustin Grinnell explains how to craft truly frightening horror fiction by blending the believable and the unsettlingly extraordinary. In the novel The Exorcist ...

Readings That Work for You and Your Listeners

By Betsy Graziani Fasbinder Public readings of your written work—published or not yet published—are a great way to gain exposure for your writing and to build your author platform. As both an author who has frequently read my work in p...

11 Ways to Write More Scientific Fiction: Lessons from Michael Crichton

It’s been said that readers will believe anything; it’s the author’s job to convince them. Keeping readers absorbed in the fictional dream is challenging, but it seemed to be second nature for Michael Crichton, a science fiction and t...

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