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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...

How Much Should Writers Charge Per Word or Per Project?

How much should writers charge per word or per project? How can they figure out the correct rates to charge clients? We look at these questions here. Recently, I saw a job posting for freelancers “with initiative” to curate content on s...

Your Future as a Writer From Isaac Asimov

Where will writers like you be needed and appreciated most as society progresses? Isaac Asimov — bestseller, futurist, and soothsayer — points the way in this essay from the May 1986 issue of Writer’s Digest. By Isaac Asimov Writer’...

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Character Flaws, disability, and mental illness

I’m curious. I’m deaf/hard of hearing, use a hearing aid and know ASL (American Sign Language) so I’m wondering how you are going to have the two characters communicate? You mentioned that one is a griffin and the other I ...

Vintage WD: What Is the Writer’s Social Responsibility?

Today is Election Day in the United States and marks one year before the highly anticipated, already contentious 2020 presidential election. So, when we found this article from our January 1970 issue, and recognized its continued relevance,...

Analogy vs. Metaphor vs. Simile (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you’re using an analogy vs. metaphor vs. simile with Grammar Rules from the Writer’s Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages. If you have trouble with understanding the difference between an analogy, metaph...

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Opinions on my script

My name is Gabriel, I have been interested in scriptwriting for a while and am very inexperienced. I have been working on a small project called The Lifeboat Man and here is a bit of the first draft. Leave some feedback if you want as it wo...

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Writing Advice from John Steinbeck

Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole...

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