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Q&A With Eliot Stein, Grand-Prize Winner of the 2018 WD Annual Writing Competition

“The Last Remaining Sea Silk Seamestress” by Eliot Stein is the Grand Prize­–winning story for the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, besting more than 5,300 entries across nine categories. For complete coverage of ...

Getting Started in Freelance Writing: Key Tips from Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun

Marketing Mentor Ilise Benun shares a few tips on for getting started in freelance writing — a topic she’ll address in greater detail in her indieLAB session on what it takes to forge a successful writing career of any kind. I’ve had ...

Planning To Write Something Today? Tips for Setting Writing Goals that Work

Lynn Dickinson shares tips to help writers honestly examine their writing routines to make the changes necessary to achieve their writing goals. As an assignment, I asked my students to take a close look at their own thoughts and behavior p...

Train Your Eye for Better Writing: 3 Writing Techniques Adapted from the Visual Arts

Add color to the canvas of your manuscript with these 3 writing techniques adapted from practices commonly used by painters and other visual artists. By Tess Callahan You can’t learn to paint by looking at a Picasso any more than you can ...

Who Ya Gonna Call? Writing Paranormal and Supernatural Phenomena Realistically and Authentically

Given the popularity and depictions of “paranormal and supernatural phenomena” in movies and TV, one of the world’s foremost scientific experts on writing paranormal and supernatural phenomena explains how his expertise assists filmma...

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Peachalulu’s Creative Journey

Hi all. Decided to keep tabs here on my progress with several things I’m doing. Ignore the dippy title but I not crazy about calling it a journal nor do I want to label it with the title of my project because that will probably change...

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Writing Death Scenes

A lot of people agonize, quite understandably, over how to write a good love (or sex) scene. But in this thread I thought it might be good to discuss how to write a good death scene. For the purposes of discussion I would prefer to focus on...

100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a roaring success. Literary agents, veteran and debut authors, editors, publishers and more shared their greatest writing tips on improving your craft, getting published, and building your wr...

4 Benefits of Joining a Writing Group

At the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (starting next week!), we’ll hear from authors, agents, editors, screenwriters and all manner of other writerly experts about strategies for finishing your book, getting published, building your ...

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Writing a Story from Female vs. Male First-Person Perspective – A Lot Different?!

LastMindToSanity said: ↑ Well, I think the attitude of your characters should reflect their role in the story. I mean, you wouldn’t write a healer that likes to stab people and expect our readers to take it seriously. Click to expan...

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