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Uni Mental Health Day 2020

March 2, 2020, by Issy Uni Mental Health Day 2020 Mental health is important. We all experiences ups and downs in our wellbeing, but to someone going through an especially tough time, it can feel like they are completely alone in the way th...

Kris Spisak: Author Spotlight

Author spotlights (like this one with Kris Spisak, author of The Novel Editing Workbook: 105 Tricks and Tips for Revising Your Fiction Manuscript from Davro Press and Get a Grip on Your Grammar from Career Press) are a great way to learn ho...

Metaphor vs. Personification (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you’re using a metaphor vs. personification with Grammar Rules from the Writer’s Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages. It’s easy to confuse terms about figures of speech, especially when they intersect...

Will’s Way: Four Timely Craft Tips from the Immortal Bard

Debut novelist Karin Abarbanel shares four writing tips for contemporary novelists she discovered from studying the plays of the immortal Bard for 365+ nights. “And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen...

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Commas in these situations?

(1) For situations where you include speech tags in the middle or end of dialogue, when do you use a comma after the speech tag when it’s immediately followed by action tags or description tags like the example below? — I know t...

How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay That Works

In this post, we discuss how to write a five-paragraph essay that works, regardless of subject or topic, with a simple—but effective—plan for completing a successful essay. As a parent of five children (three now in high school), I’ve...

Announcing the Winners of the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards! Read an interview with the the Grand Prize-winning picture book author Katherine S. Ulshafer in the March 2020 issue. Do you have a book in ...

Electric, Neon, Salsa-Dancing Energy, or Finding Your Writing Voice

In this humorous essay, composition and rhetoric professor Adam Brandner shares his take on finding your writing voice and a few exercises that helped him discover his own. HOW BURNT IS YOUR SIENNA?  My name is Adam Brandner. I am a teache...

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What Works for you in Self-Editing?

Here are some of the things I do: Until a couple of years ago, I always printed the manuscript. I gave that up because on-screen works for me, since I do at least 6 edits. Plus my FIRST READERS and my wife’s edit. When I’m done,...

How Much Should Writers Charge Per Word or Per Project?

How much should writers charge per word or per project? How can they figure out the correct rates to charge clients? We look at these questions here. Recently, I saw a job posting for freelancers “with initiative” to curate content on s...

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