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Learning From Vintage Magazines: Back in the Day

Fiction and nonfiction writers alike can glean lessons about writing from the examples of industry defying, sometimes outlandish, vintage magazines, and comics. Don Vaughn explains in this essay from the May/June 2019 issue of Writer’s Di...

The Art of Spin-Offs: Freelance Article Ideas

Cultivating multiple article ideas from the same topic can help freelance writers collect more bylines explains Dinsa Sachan in this article from Writer’s Digest March/April 2019. In today’s fractured media environment, every month sees...

Vintage WD Interview: In Jennifer Weiner’s Shoes

In this February 2006 Writer’s Digest interview by Maria Schneider, novelist Jennifer Weiner shares how she creates humor in her novels and what it was like having her book turned into a blockbuster film. Numbers don’t lie. With more th...

Vintage WD: When Research Is a Monster

In this article from our June 1974 issue, author James B. Sweeney describes his method for researching a monster of a project—his book on sea animals both real and imaginary. While some of his methods may seem antiquated, giving some of t...

The Toronto Blue Jays Winter Fest: An Event To Remember

Last week while driving home from Atlanta, I was ranting to my mother about the lack of winter events in Toronto. Now, part of this was for selfish reasons (I wanted new content for Instagram). But I was also getting cabin fever staying in...

Kitplanes Magazine: Market Spotlight

For this week’s market spotlight, we look at Kitplanes, a monthly magazine covering kit and amateur-built aircraft construction. Kitplanes: Market Spotlight Kitplanes was established in 1984 and covers kit and amateur-built aircraft const...

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Role of Investigative Journalists in Murder Cases (1930-1950)

I’m working on a mystery novel based in the Golden Age of Detection — a predominant focus on the puzzle of the methods of a fantastical crime — and the narrator, The Watson, is a reporter from the fictional newspaper The D...

What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

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Feedback in the Workshop

Cilogical said: ↑ Have I done decent critiques? How can I get better? I’ve bought some books about character and plot development so hopefully that will help me get better. Click to expand… Good question.This excellent article was...

Vintage WD: The First Hundred Words Are the Hardest

This article about the importance of the opening paragraph of your fiction writing first appeared in the October 1921 issue of The Writer’s Digest, as it was then known. It was written by Arthur Leeds. If you’re familiar with the curren...

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