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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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What Works for you in Self-Editing?

Here are some of the things I do: Until a couple of years ago, I always printed the manuscript. I gave that up because on-screen works for me, since I do at least 6 edits. Plus my FIRST READERS and my wife’s edit. When I’m done,...

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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