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Romance First Place Winner: “Just a Little Push”

Congratulations to Leslie Wibberley, first place winner of the Romance category in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s the winning short story, “Just a Little Push.” Just a Little Push The choppy waves tos...

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...

Lucky First Year Student Wins Trip of a Lifetime to L.A. Premiere of I STILL BELIEVE

Helena Miller, a first year history student at Ryerson University, casually stumbled upon an SLN Access story on Snapchat promoting an exclusive I STILL BELIEVE special fan event at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. After...

Writing Tips for Retelling Shakespeare: From Atwood’s Hag-Seed to Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius

Novelist Pat McKee shares 5 writing tips he learned while retelling Shakespeare’s play Tempest as the novel Ariel’s Island. So, you’ve decided to write a novel based on one of the Bard’s plays. You join the ranks of novelists Atwo...

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Having trouble with dialogue

I’ll just do part of this . . .1) Each speaker gets his/her own paragraph. “. . . It’s like 360 years old,” Bob sighed.“Wait, whoa, 360 years, <bleep> 360 years ago we were still riding around on horseback,” Kevin ...

Kris Spisak: Author Spotlight

Author spotlights (like this one with Kris Spisak, author of The Novel Editing Workbook: 105 Tricks and Tips for Revising Your Fiction Manuscript from Davro Press and Get a Grip on Your Grammar from Career Press) are a great way to learn ho...

Will’s Way: Four Timely Craft Tips from the Immortal Bard

Debut novelist Karin Abarbanel shares four writing tips for contemporary novelists she discovered from studying the plays of the immortal Bard for 365+ nights. “And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen...

How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay That Works

In this post, we discuss how to write a five-paragraph essay that works, regardless of subject or topic, with a simple—but effective—plan for completing a successful essay. As a parent of five children (three now in high school), I’ve...

Announcing the Winners of the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards! Read an interview with the the Grand Prize-winning picture book author Katherine S. Ulshafer in the March 2020 issue. Do you have a book in ...

Electric, Neon, Salsa-Dancing Energy, or Finding Your Writing Voice

In this humorous essay, composition and rhetoric professor Adam Brandner shares his take on finding your writing voice and a few exercises that helped him discover his own. HOW BURNT IS YOUR SIENNA?  My name is Adam Brandner. I am a teache...

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