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Queen’s Letter: Oneofthesedays

One thing is for sure: stressful times make writers write. And stressful interactions with others can make us write even more. Another word from our President and Queen…written before the Cottonwood Rodeo of last weekend. And before a...

Writers Contest Entry: Stage Craft

Today we present for your entertainment the first entry received for the Writers Forum 2020 Short Story Contest. Since the contest judges are supposed to be judging the entries without knowing who wrote them, the author’s names will b...

Romance First Place Winner: “Just a Little Push”

Congratulations to Leslie Wibberley, first place winner of the Romance category in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s the winning short story, “Just a Little Push.” Just a Little Push The choppy waves tos...

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...

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Simple Spanish translations

Mexican here. The context for “chula” is technically correct but I don’t know anyone who would use it like that, maybe in the north (I’ve lived in the center and south my entire life), we tend to use chula to describ...

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Dialogue things

Bakkerbaard said: ↑ Through the reading I used to do I know what a written dialogue is suppose to look like, with an indent here and a tag there.Through several Youtube clips I’ve come to understand some of the rules, but a few thin...

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About the rule on “Distasteful content”? What qualifies? Can’t I write “distasteful stories”?

Hi, I am pretty new here and am wondering about this rule:“General Forum and Forum Posting RulesAll posts must be free of illegal or distasteful content, which includes pornography and nudity, hate speech…” Does this mean ...

Lucky First Year Student Wins Trip of a Lifetime to L.A. Premiere of I STILL BELIEVE

Helena Miller, a first year history student at Ryerson University, casually stumbled upon an SLN Access story on Snapchat promoting an exclusive I STILL BELIEVE special fan event at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. After...

Writing Tips for Retelling Shakespeare: From Atwood’s Hag-Seed to Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius

Novelist Pat McKee shares 5 writing tips he learned while retelling Shakespeare’s play Tempest as the novel Ariel’s Island. So, you’ve decided to write a novel based on one of the Bard’s plays. You join the ranks of novelists Atwo...

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Having trouble with dialogue

I’ll just do part of this . . .1) Each speaker gets his/her own paragraph. “. . . It’s like 360 years old,” Bob sighed.“Wait, whoa, 360 years, <bleep> 360 years ago we were still riding around on horseback,” Kevin ...

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