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How Political Can You Get Without Blacklisting Yourself?

John-Wayne said: ↑ the moment you bring up anything… be ready for a fire storm. Click to expand… I agree. John-Wayne said: ↑ It’s best to avoid it at all costs. Click to expand… I wholeheartedly disagree, but the...

Industry Research To Find Your Happy Place

So, you’re looking for a job … Do you want part-time employment? Full-time? An internship? What companies are you researching? What kind of work do you want to do? Are there any openings? Should you be applying for them right now?  &#...

How I Won The Loran Scholarship: A Conversation with Leon Picha of Matthew McNair Secondary School

We here at Student Life Network recently congratulated the 2019 winners of the Loran Scholarship. A small group of extremely incredible students, these young people have proved that you can accomplish great things if you are genuine, confid...

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Plot Holes, Plot Contrivances, and Nitpick Critiques

This is kind of a discussion I’ve been wanting to see, but it’s something that I think needs to be really hammered home with regards to the recent explosion of internet criticism. I want to see what people who actually know what...

The 30 Book Challenge: Responding to Marie Kondo and Tidying Up

Are you ready for the 30 book challenge? If you haven’t seen it on social media yet, there’s a new meme making the rounds related to Marie Kondo and her Tidying Up show on Netflix. Apparently, she feels people ideally should have fewer ...

From YA to YEAH: 4 Ways to Keep Teen & Young Adult Readers Hooked

Many YA authors are adults, which means the generation gap between these writers and their intended audience can make it easy to miss the mark. Teen writer (and avid reader) Lorena Koppel lays out four ways to make sure your YA novel meets ...

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 ...

4 Essential Steps to Making Your Protagonist Real, Even When They’re Nothing Like You

Writing your protagonist always requires deep thought and consideration, but crafting believable, realistic protagonists who are nothing like you presents unique challenges. Author Donna Levin offers four essential tips to help you work thr...

5 Essential Outfits You Need In Your Wardrobe

So you’ve spent a fortune on back to school shopping and are now scrambling to piece together outfits for the new semester. Been there, done that. But let me assure you—just because your bank account’s nearly empty doesn’t mean your...

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...

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