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Writing Great Historical Fiction: Lessons Learned 300 Years After Blackbeard’s Death

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of the legendary Edward Thache, the former British Navy seaman and notorious privateer-turned-pirate known as Blackbeard. A Robin-Hood-like American patriot and the most famous freebooter ...

Food, Timers, and Search – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine from where the wind is howling and the sun has not yet risen. Why am I up so early on a weekend? Because I have two little kids and this is the quietest time of the day. It’s perfect for drinking coffee and wri...

58 Gems of Writing Advice and Inspiration from Self-Published e-Book Authors

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 5th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards. For complete coverage of the awards, see the May/June 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest. For an extended interview with grand-prize wi...

Writing Advice and Inspiration from WD’s Popular Fiction Award Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 13th Annual Popular Fiction Awards. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories in one of six categories: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and y...

ROAR: Writer’s Digest Turns Up the Volume on Underrepresented Voices in the Writing World

Feel the thunderous reverberations of authors and industry pros working to broaden our perspectives—as writers and readers alike. Plus, learn how underrepresented voices are rising in the writing world. “What I know for sure is that spe...

Critical Thinking: The 5 Factors That Earn 5-Star Book Reviews

ILLUSTRATION © GETTY IMAGES: OIVIND HOVLAND Novelists live and die by reviews, yet uncovering what garners a gushing ovation or blistering takedown is often a mystery. A professional critic lays out what it takes to earn five-star book rev...

The Identity List: How to Catalog Your Written Work to Get More Freelance Writing Projects

By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Stay organized with this process for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects. by Kimberly A. Edward...

5 Tools for Creating Multimedia Books – Comparison Chart

Developing a multimedia ebook or magazine can be a to get kids excited about writing. Incorporating pictures, videos, and audio can be a good way for students to illustrate and or further explain portions of fiction and non-fiction stories ...

Science, Wikispaces, and Timelines – The Week in Review

Good morning from the almost completely renovated Free Technology for Teachers World Headquarters in Paris, Maine. If you have followed my week-in-review posts since last fall you know that I have been converting some space in a barn into o...

Nicola Yoon Discusses Diverse Books and The Sun Is Also a Star, a Novel About Immigration and a Star-Crossed Romance

Novels are an essential part of the American conversation about race, immigration and politics, from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. A new ...

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