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The hardest part of writing a story

The comments already posted are fantastic and provide solid advice. Don’t worry over the start, write the story and come back to the beginning. You may find it easier to write the beginning once you know the end or that your initial...

Giving Tuesday: 14 Charities for Writing & Literacy

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a way to counteract the overwhelming consumerism we experience on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Writer’s Digest is joining in the spirit of the season by creating a directory of literacy and writing charit...

5 Writing Perspectives to Be Thankful For

Every day at Writer’s Digest, I’m particularly thankful that I get to read about writing and edit some really skilled teachers and experts. The varied perspectives, voices and authorities on the craft keep me on my toes and enrich my ex...

6 Tips for Writing a Great Police Procedural

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. By Carrie Smith There’s usually at least one confession in a police procedural, so let me start this column with mine. I’m not a police officer, and I...

Develop Daily Writing Resilience to Succeed

“Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”—Jessamyn West The dead aren’t supposed to walk among us, but they do. I’ve seen them—writers frazzled from...

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Share your writing with spouse/partner?

Personally I’d stay well away. There are a very very few partners who are genuinely interested in reading what you’ve written and that is spectacular if you have it. Having someone that you are close to to share your passion wit...

Zetta Elliott on Starting Her Own Imprint & Character Development in Children’s Fiction

Zetta Elliott is the author of 30 books for young readers, including the award-winning picture book Bird, as well as a YA and speculative fiction author; a poet whose work has been published in several anthologies; an essayist forThe Huff...

Twine – Write Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stories

Twine is an open-source program for writing choose your own adventure stories. You can use Twine online or you can download the software for Mac or Windows. I used Twine online to create a short story. To write a choose your ...

5 Reasons You Need To See Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham’s latest project is a ‘little’ movie he directed called Eighth Grade. It’s not unlike his snarky, satirical, brutally honest comedy specials, but Eighth Grade is Burnham sans the confetti and laser lights. Stripped down t...

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A “clone” problem

Something to consider, maybe stop starting off saying: My story is just like series X, how can I make sure it is not identical. Instead, my story idea A (excerpt e.g. included say 500 words), what are your impressions? Basic critique, given...

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