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Writing your second book, should you bring back main character from first book?

Terry is right; write a sequel if there is a demand for it. As for your initial question about the cast:I have a series I’m finishing up now. After the first book there were a lotta readers literally begging for a sequel.So with...

5 Tips for Writing About an Established Relationship

[Writer’s Digest Digital Archive Collection: Iconic Women Writers] by R.E. Stearns  The vast majority of stories tell us about two or more people getting to know each other, and perhaps falling in love. But then what? What are those cha...

Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue here or subscribe. Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will ...

Tools to Help Students Improve Their Writing

The spelling and grammar checkers built into word processors are fine for helping students catch basic mistakes in their writing. To get beyond the basics, students need tools that offer more than just spelling and grammar checking services...

3 Tips for Writing Horror Comedy

[Don’t miss your chance to enter the Popular Fiction Awards! Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017] A portion of a window card for the 1927 horror comedy film The Cat and the Canary. by J.R.R.R. Hardison Screaming and laughing may seem like opposite si...

Three Ways to Broadcast Review Sessions for Students

Today, instead of having to stay after school or come back to school for an extra review session, students can tune-in to a broadcast that you host. Of course, you can still have students come to you after school for a review session, but y...

Develop Daily Writing Resilience to Succeed

“Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”—Jessamyn West The dead aren’t supposed to walk among us, but they do. I’ve seen them—writers frazzled from...

Two Authors Discuss How Their Debut Novels Were Picked Up by Hollywood

By Jennifer Klepper Film adaptations aren’t typically in the plotline of a debut year, but two new thriller/suspense authors—Kathleen Barber (Are You Sleeping, 2017) and Rea Frey (Not Her Daughter, 2018)—have capped their debut dreams...

The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 6: Jeff & Ann VanderMeer on Anthologies, the Genre Fiction Divide, and Deep Reading

Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion—be it speculative stories with an ecological twist or weird tales that bend the laws of time and space—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you. Today...

My Ten Favorite ClassTools Templates

There are dozens of great game builders, writing templates, and handy classroom tools on Classtools.net. I’ve tried nearly all of them over the years. My ten favorite Classtools tools are featured below. The Dustbin game is an activit...

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