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SLN Creators Interview w/ Stephanie Cheung of VoteBetter

SLN Creators is featuring Stephanie Cheung, the creator of VoteBetter — an app that keeps you well-informed on who you are voting into student government, their roles, campus politics, structures, and processes. What inspired you to crea...

The WD Interview: Author N.K. Jemisin on Creating New Worlds and Playing with Imagination

N.K. Jemisin wants to be a “storyteller of a writer.” It’s an ambition she claims not to have mastered, but many who have lost themselves in Jemisin’s tales of captive gods and stone eaters are sure to disagree. Through her three ep...

Filing Your Taxes as a Student: Expectations vs. Reality

If the words “tax season” make you break out in a cold sweat, don’t worry—we get it. All the paperwork and weird codes can be a little intimidating. It also doesn’t help that there are a ton of misconceptions about filing an incom...

How To Win A Scholarship: The 5 Most Important Things

Scholarship applications are challenging. First, you have to search for opportunities and you need to be very diligent during that process. Then, the application process starts. You’ll be writing one essay after another, while waiting for...

The Editor Behind the Curtain: Inside the Publishing Process

For first-time authors, the publishing process is often shrouded in mystery. An expert shares an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes—and how to leverage it for future success. Whether you’re currently writing a book, querying ...

Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters

In this extended interview from the October 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, bestselling Eligible author Curtis Sittenfeld explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the riches...

No Credit Score? No Mortgage for You

This is what happens when you want to get a place to live but don’t have the credit score to do it. Rejection Hurts Meet Robin Bourbeau, a nuclear operator-in-training at Ontario Power Generation. He’s 23 years old, has no debt, makes $...

Two Authors Discuss How Their Debut Novels Were Picked Up by Hollywood

By Jennifer Klepper Film adaptations aren’t typically in the plotline of a debut year, but two new thriller/suspense authors—Kathleen Barber (Are You Sleeping, 2017) and Rea Frey (Not Her Daughter, 2018)—have capped their debut dreams...

Inside the Mind of a Villain: 8 Journeys and Motives Behind Evildoers, Antiheroes & Antagonists

By Dustin Grinnell Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky Whenever we learn of an unspeakable crime, an incomprehensible act, there are questions. Chief amon...

21 Ways to Pivot Your Plot

Writers of short stories are often advised to include a twist. But a surprise ending that comes out of nowhere? That’s a surefire way to leave your readers scratching their heads. Twist your stories the right way to up your chances of win...

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