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Colorful Language: Falling in Love with the Speech Rhythms of the American Southwest

YA author Rayne Lacko tells how falling in love with the colorful speech patterns of the American Southwest helped her shape her novel A Song for the Road. When I charted an epic road trip across the American Southwest for Carter Danforth, ...

Turn Text to Speech With the Voicepods Chrome Extension

A couple of months ago I discovered a new text to speech tool called Voicepods. When I first tried it and wrote about it Voicepods would only create voice recordings based on text that you wrote. This week Voicepods launched a free Chrome e...

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I need UK help!

I can’t speak for the Welsh or in their language, but I am not aware that anyone in the UK would simply say “air-plane”. There is always that extra vowel noise between those two words although it is difficult to define wha...

The Lessons I’ve Learned From Writing About the History of Another Country

Author of the middle-grade historical fantasy novel The Story That Cannot Be Told  J. Kasper Kramer tells what lessons she learned from writing about the Romanian revolution, and the truths that the histories of other countries can teach u...

The Horrors of Being a Ghost: Ghostwriters Share Their Tales of Nightmare Clients

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, themed “Villains.” This issue includes advice to help writers write better villains in memoir, thrillers, film, and everythin...

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Dictation (seeking advice on freewriting and dictating stories)

What is your approach for dictating a story? I researched this topic. I think I’ll need a voice activated recorder in my case because I stop the recorder often by pressing the stop button(freewriting is extremly difficult while dictat...

The Challenges of Getting Your Book Published

Self-publishing or traditional publishing? Author Robert McCaw has gotten his books published both ways and shares the pros and cons of each route. I’ve written several novels—mystery/thrillers set on the Big Island of Hawaii—featurin...

Why Writers Should Embrace Their Weird Side

Debut author Sarah Sover shares how embracing her weird side led to the publication of her first book. I was always going to be a writer. Well, that or the next vampire slayer, but I was never called, so writing became my calling. In ninth ...

What It’s Like To Come Out In Post-Secondary School

“I’m coming out, I want the world to know, I got to let it show.” Although, Diana Ross made “coming out” seem like a timeless BOP that’s catchy, upbeat and super easy to sing along to. Actually coming out as a member of the LGBT...

Nicky Harman on Translation and Violence

Award-winning Chinese-to-English translator Nicky Harman discusses the process of translating language as well as violence in literature with her latest translation of Jia Pingwa’s Broken Wings. Due to the graphic nature and treatment of ...

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