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The WD Interview: Author N.K. Jemisin on Creating New Worlds and Playing with Imagination

N.K. Jemisin wants to be a “storyteller of a writer.” It’s an ambition she claims not to have mastered, but many who have lost themselves in Jemisin’s tales of captive gods and stone eaters are sure to disagree. Through her three ep...

7 Experiences to Look Forward to at the 2019 Writer’s Digest Conference

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (August 23–25, 2019) is the premier event for novelists, nonfiction writers, screenwriters and freelancers, offering a wealth of wisdom and practical advice for improving your writing, getting publi...

Third-Person Limited: Analyzing Fiction’s Most Flexible Point of View

From fast-paced action to intimate drama, third-person limited POV can be adapted to any scene or situation. Let’s start with a flashback. When my story was up for discussion in my first-ever writing class, our lanky, mustachioed instruct...

Netflix Binging: What Does It Look Like To An Outsider?

“Hey, are you still there?” “Do you want to continue watching?” You have the remote, so it’s your decision. Netflix binging can be a real issue and we all know it. When there are a million things to do, it’s easier to sit back, ...

Interview With WD’s 26th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winner Dima Ghawi

Dima Ghawi, author of Breaking Vases, which won the grand prize in WD’s 26th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winner. The author reveals how she found the strength to write her powerful personal story—and how she wrote and produced th...

Min Jin Lee: Finding Story Ideas That Truly Provoke Your Passions

In this extended interview from the March/April 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest, Min Jin Lee talks about finding story ideas that truly provoke your passions and how to tune out the burden of expectations in this extended WD Interview. Pho...

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Asking about Dialogue Format

Oh, and I dunno if this helps answer the question or not, it’s just something I picked up a while back: ——————————————————R...

How to Write Funny Dialogue: 5 Tips for Making Readers Laugh Out Loud

Playwright and author Stephen Evans explains how to write funny dialogue with these five key tips informed by neurology, rhythm and theater. I remember the first time I heard an audience laugh at one of my plays. It was thrilling. And fasci...

7 Ways Kurt Vonnegut Poisoned Readers’ Minds with Humanity

Kurt Vonnegut once said he wanted his novels to “catch people before they become generals and Senators and Presidents,” to “poison their minds with humanity. Encourage them to make a better world.” Here are seven ways he lived up t...

4 Writing Techniques to Borrow from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol has become one of the most iconic holiday stories—perhaps even the most iconic—in Western literature. Not only has it been adapted countless times for the s...

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