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10 Resume and Cover Letter Mistakes We’ve All Made

Here are 10 painful resume and cover letter mistakes we’ve all made at some point. Sending out resumes and cover letters can be a tedious, stressful task. It takes a lot of time to perfect a set of documents that a hiring manager will pro...

The 5 Toughest Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them)

If you find job interviews a) awkward, b) scary, c) stressful or d) all of the above, trust us – you’re not alone. After all, while you can take your time sprucing up your resume and crafting a killer cover letter, interviews literally ...

Top 10 Writing Prompts of 2018

Each week, I post a different writing prompt at writersdigest.com/prompts. And each week a community of lovely writers responds to them. Here were some of our best writing prompts of 2018, judged by participation and popularity among our te...

Shelf Savvy: How Book Categorization Helps Maximize Sales

Book categorization is key to finding readers and maximizing sales. Here’s what you should know. If you’re an author—aspiring or published, traditional or indie—you have a lot to think about: the quality of your work, your relations...

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November 2018 Short Story Contest

Words: 3,026 An Unplanned Exit Chapter IMidnight, Mainstreet was deserted apart from the odd ball of wind driven tumbleweed. The downpour keeping everybody indoors, suppressing the normal high humidity to a more bearable level. The dirt thr...

Job Hunting: 8 Tools and Resources

So, you’re hunting for that first real job? You know, one that’s actually in your area of interest? I would love to help you! Whether that’s in an office or elsewhere, there are plenty of online tools and resources you can benefit fro...

From Whence Cometh Ideas? 10 Fun Idea-Generating Activities and Story Starters

Has your inspiration fizzled lately? Kick-start your creativity with these 10 fun story starters and clever idea-generating tips from Erika Hoffman. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash You wrack your brain, pulling, stretching, trying to e...

11 Authors Discuss the Road to Getting a Literary Agent

Finding an agent who will take a chance on your book can be a challenge, and a lengthy one at that. If you’re struggling, here are some words of wisdom from celebrated authors—including Helen Hoang, Robyn Harding, Elyssa Friedland and...

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Fever in the Night

At first Nathan didn’t realise something was wrong. He carried an armful of branches to a bonfire and laid them in red flames. Then he saw a young boy run past with horror on his face. Nathan spun round and faced a lime tree whose bra...

3 Elementary Classroom Hacks

In my first year of teaching in my own classroom, I learned that teaching first grade requires a lot of creativity. It was also pretty clear from the beginning that customizing any classroom for teaching efficiency and student engagement co...

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