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Why I Write Poetry: Carol Carpenter

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 Carol Carpenter, w...

Why I Write Poetry: Hibah Shabkhez

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). Now that the craziness of the holidays and the start of the year are ...

The 5 Best Ways to Boost Your Grades

Looking to boost your grades to the next level? Here are the five best tips we know. In the immortal words of every relative you’ve ever encountered at a family gathering, “How’s school?” If the honest answer to that question bums y...

6 Lessons Learned from a Year of 101 Rejections

By Natalie D-Napoleon Earlier this year I came across an article by Kim Liao in which she explained “Why You Should Aim For 100 Rejections A Year.” As soon as I finished reading the piece I went to the folder in my email marked “Writi...

Successful Query Letter Examples: Anna Quinn & ‘The Night Child’

This article is part of a series called Successful Queries. It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. In addition to the successful query letter, you’ll also see the thoughts from the w...

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brackets, comma or em-dash?

The main difference between the punctuation marks you mention is that em dashes are by far the more versatile. Just be careful that you’re not using them recklessly. For example, resist the temptation to replace semicolons with em das...

7 Facts About A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

Classified as prose by most, I like to think of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales as a prose poem. The way it switches from one moment to another and the poetic language and images; if it’s not a prose poem, it’s definitely...

When Your Memoir Wants To Be A Novel

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] In our “Breaking In” column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author o...

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