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Reading to get better at writing

Originally Posted by Yours Truly Maybe I should rephrase, I’m mediocre at developing stories. I’m mediocre as far as the creative process of writing. I’ve been writing for a long time in the nonfiction/analytical sense, so...

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What’s the best compliment or nicest thing someone has said about your writing?

I’m a Slytherin-Ravenclaw who collects compliments about my creative ideas When I finished my Doctor Who fanfiction and asked another fan to look at my work, she said that my serial killer was her favorite character (even more so than...

Nicola Yoon, Author of ‘The Sun Is Also a Star,’ on Her Writing and Publishing Journey

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Nicola Yoon’s first young adult novel, Everything, Everything struck the charts like lightning, debuting at number one ...

For the Love of Writing: 25 Wordsmiths Explain Why They Write

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or fewer? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Last month, we called for our readers to share the motivations behind their wondrous words and reasons behind their lov...

The Screenwriter’s Toolbox: Two Techniques Novelists Can Borrow from Film When Writing Opening Scenes

Get ready for a bigger, better writing community. Writers Digest and ScriptMag will be merging into a single, fully redesigned website in 2018! image from Getty | CSA Images/Printstock Collection By Kes Trester When I made the switch fro...

6 Fiction Writing Exercises to Try When You’re Traveling for the Holidays

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] image from Getty Stuck in an airport? Bored on a plane? Uninspired by the surroundings on a long car ride? Sounds like a gr...

Writing Characters From the Opposite Gender’s Point of View

[The deadline for the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition has been extended to Jan. 15, 2018! Enter your best story in under 1,500 words, and you could win $3000 and a trip to our 2018 Annual Conference.] Richard Alther wrote hi...

Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice

This post covers some of our 101 websites for writers selected in 2017. Now, we’re hunting for our top 101 websites for writers in 2018. Hit us with your best recommenations in the comments below. For 19 years now, we’ve been doing the ...

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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...

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