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Hi! (Insert creative greeting…)

Hi, Aurora I’m one of the forum moderators and I want to welcome you to the forum.

 Certainly you don’t need to be apologetic about writing Fantasy. I’d say it’s probably the most popular genre here on the forum, an...

What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

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Help writing a villain

So… what are you needing help with? Sounds like you’ve got a pretty good idea of where you want his character to go. I’m writing some pretty charismatic bad guys this time around; they can be fun and memorable characters t...

5 Weekend Writing Prompts

If you need help getting started with your writing this weekend, here are 5 weekend writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing again. I recently finished several major projects that were taking up time on my evenings and weekends s...

Should I Copyright My Writing Before Submitting to Agents and Editors?

Should I copyright my writing before submitting to agents and editors? Could they steal my story or ideas? How can I protect myself? We look at copyright here. Ask any serious creative freelancer (writing, photography, etc.) about rights, a...

How to Write About Grief: 5 Things to Consider When Writing Difficult Topics

Author Sadie Hoagland shares 5 things to consider when writing difficult topics and how to write about grief, including how to handle honesty, trauma, and abstraction. I didn’t set out to write a collection of stories about grief and loss...

What Reading A Gentleman in Moscow Taught Me About Writing

Here are 4 things reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles through the lens of a writer can teach writers about writing. As I was preparing to interview Amor Towles for the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest, I set my fir...

Effective Repetition in Writing as Demonstrated by A Song of Fire and Ice

English professor and author Gavin Hurley shows how the use of effective repetition in fantasy novels like A Song of Fire and Ice demonstrate two approaches of using repetition in writing of your own, no matter the style. Fantasy authors—...

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Looking for advice in writing a crazy character

mochi-melo said: ↑ I don’t know if this is the right subforum to ask this but how do you write a crazy character like Joker? I am not really familiar with the comics. The closest character I could think of is Kefka of Final Fantasy ...

Why You Should Take A Creative Writing Class

While they might just seem like grade-boosters to lighten the load of a heavy semester, creative writing classes offer a wealth of benefits for all students. Providing a chance to practice beneficial skills, creative writing classes aren’...

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