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Three Google Forms Tutorials for Beginners

Last night my friend Beth emailed me to ask if I had any tutorials for beginning Google Forms users. My answer was, “I sure do!” These were the three Google Forms tutorials that sent to her to share… Read the whole entry a...

Jess Zafarris: Author Spotlight

Author spotlights (like this one with Jess Zafarris, author of Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids from Rockridge Press) are a great way to learn how other authors are finding success. Jess Zafarris Jess Zafarris is the auth...

Devi S. Laskar: Author Spotlight

Author spotlights (like this one with Devi S. Laskar, author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues from Counterpoint Press) are a great way to learn how other authors are finding success. Devi S. Laskar Devi S. Laskar’s debut novel, The Atlas of...

What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

Vintage WD: The First Hundred Words Are the Hardest

This article about the importance of the opening paragraph of your fiction writing first appeared in the October 1921 issue of The Writer’s Digest, as it was then known. It was written by Arthur Leeds. If you’re familiar with the curren...

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Is Magical Realism a genre?

lewislewis said: ↑ That’s cool. I didn’t realize how important culture was to this genre, or tradition, whatever we’ll call it. Need to dig deeper into this stuff. Murakami is my only MR lover. Click to expand… I h...

5 Thoughts on How to Use Place to Move Your Story Forward

Author Jane Bernstein shares five thoughts on how to use place to move your story forward by showing how setting affects characters and characters affect setting. So much rich material begins and evolves in the place where a story is set, a...

Why Outlining Is Writing

New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist S.C. Gwynne shares the secret to a high-quality nonfiction writing: spending time on an outline. One of the most common questions I am asked, and one of the most perplexing, is:...

6 Writing Group Best Practices: How to Lead a Successful Writers Group

Learn how to start and lead a successful writers group. In this post, John Peragine shares 6 writing group best practices, including limiting your group size, how to effectively share work, and more. Three years ago, at the first Writer’s...

Announcing the Winners of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For an interview with the Grand Prize winner, see the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest. See which WD competitions are currently accept...

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