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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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You Guys Ever Think about Writing a Memoir?

Originally Posted by Justin Attas Anyone here ever tempted to write about themselves? I know every agent and publisher on the planet will tell you that unless you’ve had some truly crazy tragic or uplifting experience, no one will rea...

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So why do people go on creative writing courses?

Originally Posted by Annoying kid What does it have over a writing group plus independent study, that’s worth paying a student loan? I studied creative writing before my law degree and honestly, it isn’t really worth it for the ...

Writing and Publishing Poetry—Q&A with Patricia Colleen Murphy

Patricia Colleen Murphy is the founder of Superstition Review at Arizona State University and author of two books of poetry, including her recently published collection, Bully Love. Murphy talked with WD about how to improve writing and wha...

Co-writing a Serial Novel

Writing doesn’t have to be a lonely profession. Dan Koboldt shares how he collaborated with two other writers to plan, write, and revise a serial novel. For most of the fiction that I’ve written – three novels and half a dozen short s...

Jerry Seinfeld’s 5-Step Comedy Writing Process

Former WD staffer Jess Zafarris crossed paths with Jerry Seinfeld, who shared a five-step rundown of his comedy writing process. His tips are not only useful for aspiring standup comedians, but also have broader applications for writers loo...

Psst! Novelists – Steal These Screenwriting Secrets!

Barri Evins shares Screenwriting Secrets every novelist should steal to power your creative process, elevate your storytelling and up your marketing game. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! I am an ardent William Gol...

Team Up! What Makes Writing Groups Work

Joining a writing group can be a wonderful way to spark your creativity and increase your commitment to writing. But what makes writing groups work? Six writing groups from around the world share their tips to a supportive writing group. Wr...

How Shame Can Stop You From Fulfilling Your Writing Potential

Journalist-turned-writing coach Greta Solomon explains that writer’s block can come from factors such as the fear that your draft won’t live up to your expectations. Read on to learn about her exercise to stop this creative drain. Do yo...

100 Years of WD: How Has Writer’s Digest Impacted Your Writing?

Writer’s Digest celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020 and we’re already planning for the January 2020 issue, which will kick off a year-long celebration in the magazine, online and at our live events. Digging through the archives in ...

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