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7 Ways You Can Write for Change

If you’re motivated to write for change in the world, no matter the topic, writing coach Nina Amir has 7 tips to help you achieve your goal. No matter the genre in which you write, your published work can transform you into a change agent...

Vintage WD: Decoding the Secrets to Selling Popular Fiction, Part 2

Part 2 of this April 1981 WD article by Roy Sorrels and Megan Daniel about writing and selling popular fiction picks up where part 1 left off: analyzing both good and bad examples in your chosen genre to see what works and what doesn’t. B...

Vintage WD: Decoding the Secrets to Selling Popular Fiction, Part 1

In this first part of a 1981 WD article about writing popular fiction like old-fashioned murder mysteries or regency romances, Roy Sorrels and Megan Daniel share some of their best tips for satisfying discerning readers. By Roy Sorrels and ...

Learning From Vintage Magazines: Back in the Day

Fiction and nonfiction writers alike can glean lessons about writing from the examples of industry defying, sometimes outlandish, vintage magazines, and comics. Don Vaughn explains in this essay from the May/June 2019 issue of Writer’s Di...

A day in the life of a 4th year vet student

February 10, 2020, by Charli A day in the life of a 4th year vet student 5am: I wake up bright and early to get straight outdoors for a kale smoothie and a run. Just kidding! I’m very much still asleep at 5am. And don’t even talk to me ...

Vintage WD: When Research Is a Monster

In this article from our June 1974 issue, author James B. Sweeney describes his method for researching a monster of a project—his book on sea animals both real and imaginary. While some of his methods may seem antiquated, giving some of t...

Vintage WD: The American Labor Novel

This #WritersDigest100 piece from our January 1937 archives by Louis Zara explores the potential for writers to pen The American Labor Novel and has surprising relevance for today. One of my favorite things about going through the 100 years...

How To Maintain Your Mental Health Second Semester

Hey, stress – thank u, next…  We’re here to help you with that stressful student life. It’s one thing to get those grades up and improve your GPA, but maintaining your mental health is a whole other thing… especially during secon...

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Need advice based on feedback on my most recent story.

I posted two versions. You read the 1st draft. I wrote two 2 drafts. It wasn’t a lot of work compared to last time since I used a software. Granted it was a short piece. It took me a lot less. That was because of what I use which read...

Vintage WD: The First Hundred Words Are the Hardest

This article about the importance of the opening paragraph of your fiction writing first appeared in the October 1921 issue of The Writer’s Digest, as it was then known. It was written by Arthur Leeds. If you’re familiar with the curren...

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