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15 years…a progress journal

After 15 years, a progress journal seems fitting. I tell this story because it needs to be told and there is no one else who will tell it. A cliche to be sure, but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and that is certainly the case her...

Short Story Contest Entry: Thin Air

Our Writers Forum 2020 Short Story Contest is officially closed. We received two more stories at the September 15 deadline, so we have two more stories to enjoy! The contest judges are hard at work as we speak. Winners will be announced on ...

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Gah!! How explicit should a story about child abuse/pornography be?

Wow…..well,, at least there’s a lively discussion happening! To start with, one of the major problems I am having is that I have what may end up being contradictory goals – I didn’t think they were when I started thi...

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Should antagonists have convenient flaws or only inconvenvient?

Oh okay. Well in my story, the villains need a flaw to all get them caught and arrested in the end. I wrote it so that the leader of the villains, has leverage evidence on all of them, that’s a dead man’s switch, so if they turn...

Vintage WD: Must the Novelist Crusade?

In this February 1970 Writer’s Digest article, Eudora Welty argues that, “Fiction is not meant to be a disguise for propaganda. A story should speak for itself as a story.” By Eudora Welty Writer’s Digest, February 1970 Not too long...

Telling the Stories of War: Author Roundtable

Three award-winning journalists discuss their unique approaches to chronicling seminal moments in American military history with Writer’s Digest columnist Don Vaughn. This article about writing war stories previously appeared in the Janua...

7 Ways You Can Write for Change

If you’re motivated to write for change in the world, no matter the topic, writing coach Nina Amir has 7 tips to help you achieve your goal. No matter the genre in which you write, your published work can transform you into a change agent...

Vintage WD: Decoding the Secrets to Selling Popular Fiction, Part 2

Part 2 of this April 1981 WD article by Roy Sorrels and Megan Daniel about writing and selling popular fiction picks up where part 1 left off: analyzing both good and bad examples in your chosen genre to see what works and what doesn’t. B...

Vintage WD: Decoding the Secrets to Selling Popular Fiction, Part 1

In this first part of a 1981 WD article about writing popular fiction like old-fashioned murder mysteries or regency romances, Roy Sorrels and Megan Daniel share some of their best tips for satisfying discerning readers. By Roy Sorrels and ...

Learning From Vintage Magazines: Back in the Day

Fiction and nonfiction writers alike can glean lessons about writing from the examples of industry defying, sometimes outlandish, vintage magazines, and comics. Don Vaughn explains in this essay from the May/June 2019 issue of Writer’s Di...

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