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Mystery/Crime First Place Winner: “A Cowgirl Farewell”

Congratulations to Mary Lou Condike, first place winner in the Mystery/Crime category of the Writer’s Digest 15th Annual Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s her winning story, “A Cowgirl Farewell.” A Cowgirl Farewell A line snaked out th...

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Insecurity

Lili.A.Pemberton said: ↑ These are baseless unscientific thoughts only but I think it has less to do with if people are more insecure than a few decades ago and more has to do with how the insecurity is being projected. With social media ...

Vintage WD: Must the Novelist Crusade?

In this February 1970 Writer’s Digest article, Eudora Welty argues that, “Fiction is not meant to be a disguise for propaganda. A story should speak for itself as a story.” By Eudora Welty Writer’s Digest, February 1970 Not too long...

Telling the Stories of War: Author Roundtable

Three award-winning journalists discuss their unique approaches to chronicling seminal moments in American military history with Writer’s Digest columnist Don Vaughn. This article about writing war stories previously appeared in the Janua...

Why Reading Every Day Will Change Your Life

Reading every day is a great cure for boredom if you’re stuck inside but there are some other surprising benefits as well. To read or not to read, that is the question. It’s understandable that in the age of technology many people are r...

Vintage WD: Murder for Profit, Mystery Story Techniques Part 2

In part 2 of this 1931 article about mystery story techniques, George Dyer offers his suggestions for how to drop hints about who the real criminal of the story is. Read part 1 of the article Murder for Profit: Mystery Story Techniques here...

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PM Spammers/Scammers

From time to time members of the Mod Team get approached by very new members with questions and proposals. Sometimes these are just new folks trying to understand what’s okay and what’s not going to the ones whose job it is to m...

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Retooling this character’s arc

So I’m writing a Star Wars fic and I have four main characters. There’s Com, an ex-con philanthropist; Leela, his adopted daughter who wants to fight in the Rebellion; Apollon, a rebel Leela has had a mutual crush on for a while...

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Need some opinions/advice, please?

New to writing and have been brain storming ideas. I have two ideas I like but wasn’t sure if either were any good. So maybe you could let me know which you’d rather read. And I have a question for each of the ideas. First idea:...

Vintage WD: Jay Anson, The Man Who Wrote The Amityville Horror

Jay Anson, author of The Amityville Horror, died on this day in 1980. Read the full Writer’s Digest profile of the author from March 1979. By William J. Slattery Controversy rages around Jay Anson and his book The Amityville Horror. Some ...

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