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How to Sell an Essay or Article: 21 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

Wondering how to sell an essay? Writing a cover letter that’s short and perfect to introduce your pages will sell a piece faster than submitting an excellent article or essay with an uninspired note. This article is excerpted from Susan S...

How I Stopped Sabotaging My Writing Goals: Confessions of a Late Bloomer

Despite long-standing aspirations of writing a book, initial successes with short stories and essays, and a healthy career in publishing, Andrea Jarrell published her first book at age 55. But of course, she got through it. Here, she shares...

Productive Procrastination: 7 Creative Activities to Distract Yourself from Writing

Procrastination can be a writer’s worst enemy. But here, Jenna Blum rethinks her approach to self-distraction and shares seven creative ways writers can productively procrastinate. By Jenna Blum Procrastination: as endemic to and dreaded ...

Keeping the Writing Faith: Strike a Balance Between Solitude and Community

The following article is the fourth in a five-part series of articles by Jennifer Haupt. In this installment, she discusses five strategies for finding a good balance between your vital alone time and the benefits of participating in a wri...

The Introvert’s Guide to Writing Conferences

Did you sign up to—gulp—interact with other people at a writer’s conference? Never fear, friends, we’ve been there, and we’ve got you covered. Kerrie Flanagan offers her best tips every introvert can use to ensure a fun and produc...

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...

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...

Jump-Start Your Writing: 3 Myths That Hinder Creativity—and How to Conquer Them

by Gabriela Pereira A few years ago I decided to make my New Year’s Resolution that I would give up making resolutions. This might sound counter-intuitive but let me explain. For years I thought the only way I would make progress toward m...

Writing Characters From the Opposite Gender’s Point of View

[The deadline for the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition has been extended to Jan. 15, 2018! Enter your best story in under 1,500 words, and you could win $3000 and a trip to our 2018 Annual Conference.] Richard Alther wrote hi...

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 ...

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