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Breaking In: Debut Author Christy Stillwell on Perseverance and Publishing with Small Presses

In our Breaking In column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Christy Stillwell (christystillwell.com), author of The Wolf Tone—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. Here, S...

7 Steps Toward Writing Your Transformational Book

Have you felt inspired to write a transformational book—one that will help your readers create change in their lives, organizations, or the world? That’s awesome because the world needs more transformational authors, or what I call “A...

7 Tips for a Successful Relationship with Your Book Cover Designer

by Savannah C at Reedsy A picture may be worth a thousand words — but a cover design can be worth 50,000. You want the cover of your book to be just as thoughtfully constructed as its contents, and for that you need an excellent book cov...

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How to handle exposition?

I have yet to meet anybody who likes Lovecraft who mentions his technique in moving a scene. Always seemed to me he was more of a storyteller and ideas guy than a good writer. At least by today’s standards. Consider this from The Dunw...

A Teacher’s Guide to Your New Year’s Writing Goals

Author and school teacher Roxanna Elden offers her four secrets to accomplishing your writing goals this year. When you were ready to finish school, you couldn’t wait to get out of the place. Goodbye, rigid schedule, hard desks under fluo...

Keeping Calm During Exams

January 13, 2019, by Anjni Keeping Calm During Exams With the wonderfully festive Christmas season having come and gone all too soon, exam season is all but upon us. Students everywhere are knee-deep in revision as they prepare to sit their...

Begin from the Middle: How to Start Your Story In Media Res

By starting a story in the midst of action, writers can hook readers with a literary technique as old as the Greek epics—in media res. Paul Buchanan explains how. IMAGE © GETTY IMAGES: BEA CRESPO My undergraduate Techniques in Fiction st...

New Year, New Me?

How many times have you made a resolution in the new year only to let it fizzle out and die within a month or two? Don’t fret! It happens to the best of us. New Year’s resolutions are often easy to make but can be hard to follow through...

Changing the Face of Crime Fiction: 6 Writers of Color on Writing Mysteries, Crime Novels and Thrillers

In a genre that has historically lacked diversity, six writers of color discuss overcoming the challenge of breaking in and the current climate for crime, mystery and thriller fiction. “It can be lonely. … And there have been times when...

Making Magic: Mastering the Art of Magical Realism

Magic realism is a literary genre grounded in reality and imbued with mystical elements. Conjure the extraordinary on the page with these techniques. Ever since I started writing as a kid, unusual things have happened in my well-grounded ...

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