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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...

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...

5 Writing Perspectives to Be Thankful For

Every day at Writer’s Digest, I’m particularly thankful that I get to read about writing and edit some really skilled teachers and experts. The varied perspectives, voices and authorities on the craft keep me on my toes and enrich my ex...

6 Tips for Writing a Great Police Procedural

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. By Carrie Smith There’s usually at least one confession in a police procedural, so let me start this column with mine. I’m not a police officer, and I...

Develop Daily Writing Resilience to Succeed

“Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”—Jessamyn West The dead aren’t supposed to walk among us, but they do. I’ve seen them—writers frazzled from...

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Share your writing with spouse/partner?

Personally I’d stay well away. There are a very very few partners who are genuinely interested in reading what you’ve written and that is spectacular if you have it. Having someone that you are close to to share your passion wit...

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