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How Freud’s Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis Applies to the Writing Experience

How does Freud’s fundamental rule of psychoanalysis apply to the life of a writer? DeSales Harrison explores how his former training as a psychoanalyst helped him craft his novel—and the writing process in general. The Inexhaustible Wei...

The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 3: Writing and Publishing Short Stories and Essays — Interview with Windy Lynn Harris

Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion—whether you write personal essays in the voice of your cat or epic how-to articles about how to get bubble gum out of your kid’s hair—the Writer’s...

A Guide to Getting Through Midterms (or the UoN Equivalent)

March 18, 2018, by Anjni A Guide to Getting Through Midterms (or the UoN Equivalent) Reading week is now long gone and its termination brought with it two weeks of mid-semester examinations (or mid-terms as they’re so lovingly called) her...

The Identity List: How to Catalog Your Written Work to Get More Freelance Writing Projects

By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Stay organized with this process for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects. by Kimberly A. Edward...

Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Image by Jimi Filipovski on Unsplash by Windy Lynn Harris The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If y...

The Five Little Secrets of Memoir Writing: A Contrarian POV

A memoir can be a massive undertaking. As writers, we sometimes take pride in this complexity. It makes us seem, well, more professional. It can also alienate us from real people. And real people have stories to tell. Very real stories. So ...

Min Jin Lee: Finding Story Ideas That Truly Provoke Your Passions

In this extended interview from the March/April 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest, Min Jin Lee talks about finding story ideas that truly provoke your passions and how to tune out the burden of expectations in this extended WD Interview. Pho...

Breaking In: Debut Author Jacob Tobia on the Memoir Process and More

In our Breaking In column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Jacob Tobia (jacobtobia.com), author of the memoir Sissy—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. In this unabridge...

Breaking In: Debut Author Christy Stillwell on Perseverance and Publishing with Small Presses

In our Breaking In column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Christy Stillwell (christystillwell.com), author of The Wolf Tone—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. Here, S...

Sundays Are For Planning

Weekends are a time to relax and have fun, but Sundays should be utilized for planning. These are our GYST days and we all need them. If you don’t know what a GYST day is, it means having a “Get Your Shit Together” day, which helps u...

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