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The Editor Behind the Curtain: Inside the Publishing Process

For first-time authors, the publishing process is often shrouded in mystery. An expert shares an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes—and how to leverage it for future success. Whether you’re currently writing a book, querying ...

5 Things Writers Should Stop to Appreciate on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a time of straight-up existential crisis for writers. Many of us are in the final throes of NaNoWriMo—For the love of Valhalla, do I really have 20,000 more words to go?!—while many more of us are teetering on the ed...

30 Gifts for Writers: The 2018 Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide

From books, headphones, bookends, novelties and games to services, subscriptions and videos, this guide offers a compendium of creative experiences, learning tools and gifts for writers of every genre and persuasion. With help from the rest...

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Running Through Ideas For FTL Systems

So, something I was working with, but a primary concept of the setting I’m working on is the idea that FTL travel and communications are not necessarily set in stone, or more specifically, they are in terms of the underlying “scienc...

SLN Creators: Interview With House of Anesi Founder & CEO Stephania Stefanakou

SLN Creators is featuring Stephania Stefanakou, a recent design and fashion communication graduate from Ryerson University. Stephania reflects on founding House of Anesi, breaking into the world of fashion technology, and how to persist in ...

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 ...

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Blogging System Upgrade Proposal

Blogging System Upgrades As some of you may be aware, over the last year I’ve been working towards making our software compatible with XF2. XF2 is a new, re-written version of Xenforo (the forum software WF is built on) which offers s...

How Author Kellye Garrett Turned Hollywood War Stories into a Guerilla Book Marketing Tactic

In a crowded market, debut authors must find creative ways to connect with readers—leading Hollywood veteran Kellye Garrett to adopt a unique guerilla book marketing strategy that leveraged the story behind her story. PHOTO © GETTY IMAGE...

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...

Using Kids and Parents as Beta Readers for Children’s Fiction

Debut author Marie Unanue, whose book and message are about being “kind all the time,” has a unique writing process story: After writing two very different manuscripts, Marie Unanue sent them out to kids and their parents, who acted as ...

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