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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 ...

Be There: A New Mental Health Resource For Young People

On a gloomy Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend an uplifting event hosted by Jack.org at the Centre for Social Innovation. Jack.org is a one-of-a-kind Canadian charity that “trains and empowers young leaders to revolutionize mental ...

How to Write Historical Fiction

Don’t know where to start on your historical fiction novel? Author Mariah Fredericks reveals how she conducted research on The Gilded Age for her new book, Death of a New American. I love historical fiction. Growing up, I read Jean Plaidy...

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...

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