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Vintage WD: Must the Novelist Crusade?

In this February 1970 Writer’s Digest article, Eudora Welty argues that, “Fiction is not meant to be a disguise for propaganda. A story should speak for itself as a story.” By Eudora Welty Writer’s Digest, February 1970 Not too long...

Telling the Stories of War: Author Roundtable

Three award-winning journalists discuss their unique approaches to chronicling seminal moments in American military history with Writer’s Digest columnist Don Vaughn. This article about writing war stories previously appeared in the Janua...

A Student’s Guide For Online Learning

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, high schools, colleges, and universities across Canada are switching to an online learning platform. This is an effective way to maintain social distancing while also keeping students educated. So, as ...

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...

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Evernote Templates

Hope I’m posting this in the right place, the templates are all focused on plot development (or character development, oops!) At the end of McKee’s Story he recommends creating a Step Outline to really build your plot from the i...

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...

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