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Immersive Idea Generation: Going on a Story Field Trip

Ahead of NaNoWriMo and the WD Novel Writing Conference (Oct. 26-28), Grant Faulkner shares a great technique for gathering excellent details for your story: a “story field trip”—an imaginative scavenger hunt to gather details, sensory...

Shitty First Drafts

The key to that next great written piece? It all starts with your (likely terrible) first draft. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all you had to do to write a strong essay or story was sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)? Of c...

5 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Memoir

by Cheryl Suchors For some writers, structure appears like a bridge in the mist; for others, like myself, there’s only the mist. Several ingredients can be used to create a structure, like that bridge, that works for your book. You may kn...

Why I Write Poetry: Eileen Sateriale

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Eileen Sateriale w...

The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 8: Interview with NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner

Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion— whether you plot your stories down to the tiniest detail or you write by the seat of your pants—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you. Today I hav...

4 Reasons To Apply For Scholarships (Besides The Money)

There’s no question that scholarships are great. After all, who doesn’t want free money? There are thousands of different scholarships available to you across Canada, most of which come with added benefits. But students tend to to forge...

Zetta Elliott on Starting Her Own Imprint & Character Development in Children’s Fiction

Zetta Elliott is the author of 30 books for young readers, including the award-winning picture book Bird, as well as a YA and speculative fiction author; a poet whose work has been published in several anthologies; an essayist forThe Huff...

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The Aphrodite (Epic Poem)

Swooped by a goddess whirring above a blue globe, it’s a dotty white maelstromShe skims like a wherry clenching me in a stoic palm like a celestial prophet.I bled an arrow of pink from a sprite and into her macrocosm of orgasmic calligrap...

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Any tips on writing action scenes?

I read this tip which can be included the dicussion but you can observe movies, famous ones for how visually to nararate action. And action is part narration sometimes a little research pays off to look up something such as an essay on how ...

Talking Shop: Louise DeSalvo

The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections of Time, Craft, and Creativity A Review by George T. Parker   Writing well is a process that can take a long time. Sometimes we can forget how long it really takes, and we get impatient with the pro...

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