creative writing

Fake Vacation

Since some of us may not be able to take a vacation due to travel restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus, let’s go on a virtual vacation! Creative Writing Prompt: Fake Vacation Write a scene set somewhere far away from your charac...

Breaking In: An Interview with Debut Middle-Grade Author J. Kaspar Kramer

J. Kasper Kramer’s debut middle-grade novel The Story That Cannot Be Told has been named a “Best Books for 12 Year Olds” by Imagination Soup. Her second book, The List of Unspeakable Fears, sold to Atheneum and will be published in Fa...

Through Their Eyes

I just re-read The Little Prince, and I was reminded of how strange grown-ups must seem to children. There are some things grown-ups do that I still don’t understand. In fact, writing about things from the point of view of someone who see...

Breaking In: Interview With The Girl With the Louding Voice Author Abi Daré

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré is a Book of the Month pick for February. To celebrate, we’re publishing an unabridged version of Abi Daré’s interview that originally ran in the Breaking In column of the January/February 2...

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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...

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Showing and telling strategy I thought up

It’s an abstract concept. The adjectives you dont use in your writing can show details (or in my case I used: tattered and ragged). Dictionaries can define the word better. Sure tattered is the same word as ragged. It’s repetiti...

Maybe This Time

This week’s writing prompt will ask you to step outside of your comfort zone…er, time zone. Creative Writing Prompt: Maybe This Time Write a scene that includes time travel. Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below....

Do Writers Need to Go to College?

Do writers need to go to college to be writers? If so, should they major in English, communications, journalism, creative writing, or some other discipline? And if not, what kind of education should writers pursue? We dive into these questi...

Complete and Utter Chaos

The March 2020 issue of Writer’s Digest is now arriving in mailboxes and on newsstands! The issue theme is chaos, with features by Jonathan Maberry on switching genres and Jessica Strawser on building suspense with out-of-character behavi...

M.A.S.H. Your Characters

Here’s a quick way to establish the basics of a character and the conflicts they might face—based on a game I played at recess in middle school. Creative Writing Prompt: M.A.S.H. Your Characters Create a game of M.A.S.H. for a character...

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