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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’...

7 Writing Exercises to Kickstart Your Creativity

Need some inspiration for your next writing project? Hummingbird in Underworld author Deborah Tobola has 7 exercises to fuel your creativity. Maybe it’s not exactly writer’s block, but sometimes we sit with a blank screen or notebook a...

Award-Winning Author Sarah Selecky to Run Local Writing Workshop

From a press release, for our members who might be interested in attending a local writing workshop — Sarah Selecky Strawhouse Resorts Hosts “Writing With Curiosity & Courage” in September 2019 Picton, ON (August 20, 2019) —...

Make Violent Scenes Matter: 5 Tips for Writing Violence That Doesn’t Turn Readers Off

After writing bestselling thrillers as well as books that missed the mark, author Carter Wilson shares five lessons he’s learned about writing violent scenes. In my six published novels, many of my characters meet a bad end. In fact, one ...

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