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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 ...

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...

Brand Basics: 6 Debut Authors Discuss Their Author Platforms and Connecting with Readers

Every issue of Writer’s Digest, we chat with debut authors about their upcoming releases, how they broke in and what they learned in the process. One question we always ask them—and rarely have room to include in the magazine—is about...

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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Graham’s Goals and Progress

I’ve never kept a writing journal, but sounds like it could be helpful. I have a general idea of what I doing and where I’m going, but it keep evolving as I go. Which I think is a good thing. I have spent my professional life do...


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