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Bonnie Tsui: Author Spotlight

Bonnie Tsui, author of the new book Why We Swim, shares the patience required to write a book about living people and why she chose the publisher she did. Bonnie Tsui (c) Lynsay Skiba Name (byline): Bonnie Tsui Literary agent (if one): Dan...

Why Reading Every Day Will Change Your Life

Reading every day is a great cure for boredom if you’re stuck inside but there are some other surprising benefits as well. To read or not to read, that is the question. It’s understandable that in the age of technology many people are r...

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a few editing questions

I keep thinking I have these rules nailed in my mind, but then a pressing urge to check again makes me realize that despite a lot of search, somehow these keep slipping through my fingers, so decided to ask again. In part this feeling of un...

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Retooling this character’s arc

So I’m writing a Star Wars fic and I have four main characters. There’s Com, an ex-con philanthropist; Leela, his adopted daughter who wants to fight in the Rebellion; Apollon, a rebel Leela has had a mutual crush on for a while...

Christina Lauren: Write What Makes You Excited

In this author spotlight, the duo of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (writing as Christina Lauren) talk about their most recent book, The Honey Don’t List, and share how their writing process changes from book to book. Christina Laure...

Vintage WD: Jay Anson, The Man Who Wrote The Amityville Horror

Jay Anson, author of The Amityville Horror, died on this day in 1980. Read the full Writer’s Digest profile of the author from March 1979. By William J. Slattery Controversy rages around Jay Anson and his book The Amityville Horror. Some ...

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...

The Art of Spin-Offs: Freelance Article Ideas

Cultivating multiple article ideas from the same topic can help freelance writers collect more bylines explains Dinsa Sachan in this article from Writer’s Digest March/April 2019. In today’s fractured media environment, every month sees...

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Q: fast-acting poison

I’d actually originally considered ricin. Two problems, though: it takes too long (symptoms take up to 10 hours; death in days), and from one source I read, if you mess up making it, you kill yourself. Walter White could handle it, bu...

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Reason for this guy to be a spy

So I’m writing a Star Wars story and a big battle’s about to go down. One character goes to spy on the enemy and gets captured. But I’m having trouble coming up with a reason as to why he would be allowed to do that. Mordr...

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