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What type of writer are you?

I’m sure curious what the spread of interests is on this site. Some of you I kinda know by now, but lots are total mysteries. Professional Author: 9-5 job writing or full time author. Professional Adjacent: In the writing field but no...

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Zoupskim’s Resolution

Editing for Proxy Soldier continues, a Military Science-Fiction Novel. This journal will help me keep track of my final editing process, and outline any developments with agent and publisher queries Current editing methods: All large change...

A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

When Ocean City Primary School, where I work, asked a group of 8-year-olds to create something, the students were given one design requirement: Whatever they created had to better the school community and solve a problem. This allowed stude...

The Duality of Humankind

Image from the blog and book 2 Kinds of People by João Rocha, a Portuguese art director who illustrates many different kinds of incompatible people. Today’s writing prompt comes to you courtesy of my former colleague Katie W., who is mo...

Book Quotes Challenge: Which Literary Villains Uttered These Quotes?

How devious and devilish are you? Test your knowlegde of all things evil in this fun book quotes quiz by identifying which villains spoke the literary quotes below. Be sure to read carefully—these literary villains are tricky! This litera...

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To Talk, or Not To Talk

It starts with a tingle in your spine, or a buildup of pressure in your chest. Something inside you that’s nudging you toward . . . talking about your work in progress. And before you know it, you’re calling up a friend, o...

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

In my classroom, I use two essential approaches in the digital citizenship curriculum that I teach: proactive knowledge and experiential knowledge. Proactive Knowledge I want my students to know the “9 Key Ps” of digital citizenship. Wh...

Keeping Learning Real, Relevant, and Relatable

Our students are reading all day long—text messages on their phones, emailed directions about homework, apps from advertisers. They read what interests them and what helps make their world a more real, relevant, and relatable place to liv...

The Odd Couple: Co-Authoring a Book with a Friend

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store! Is it crazy for two close friends to think they can write a book together—and maintain their friendship? These two writers discuss the pitfalls of co-authoring a book with someone you...

11 Unconventional Resources to Kick Your Historical Fiction Up a Notch

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. by Mindy Tarquini The concept is intriguing, the protagonist well-developed, and the setting is not present day. That last was the challenge I faced while r...

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