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How to Sell an Essay or Article: 21 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

Wondering how to sell an essay? Writing a cover letter that’s short and perfect to introduce your pages will sell a piece faster than submitting an excellent article or essay with an uninspired note. This article is excerpted from Susan S...

The 12 Best and Worst Things That Could Happen After Your Freelance Article Is Accepted

This article is excerpted from Susan Shapiro’s new book, The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks © 2018 from Writer’s Digest Books. The newspaper, magazine or web editor loves the freelance article you submitted and says “Yes!...

State of Wonder: Annihilation and Wonderbook Author Jeff VanderMeer Imparts His Best Tips for Cultivating Creativity from the World Around You

For Jeff VanderMeer, the act of writing is only a component of the process—to him, experiences are vital to storytelling. Here, he shares his best tips for discovering the wonder in the world around you. Photo by Kyle Cassidy “I’m not...

3 Writing Tips From Bestseller Sloane Crosley

By Carten Cordell Sloane Crosley can coax humor from the most unlikeliest of depths, whether it’s a good line from your locksmith or avenging a childhood slight during a pride parade. Right-hand photo Credit: Ungano + Agriodimas 2017 It...

The 5 Best Ways to Boost Your Grades

Looking to boost your grades to the next level? Here are the five best tips we know. In the immortal words of every relative you’ve ever encountered at a family gathering, “How’s school?” If the honest answer to that question bums y...

Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Image by Jimi Filipovski on Unsplash by Windy Lynn Harris The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If y...

33 Lessons on Critical Thinking – Best of 2017

As I do during this week every year, I am taking some time off to relax and prepare for the new year. Every day this week I will be featuring the most popular blog posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in April. From ana...

When Writing Fiction Can Help Us Understand Reality

Author Reyna Marder Gentin discusses how writing fiction helped her gain a new perspective on her personal life. It’s an oft-quoted adage: “Write what you know.” So it comes as no surprise that first novels are often largely autobiogr...

Immersive Idea Generation: Going on a Story Field Trip

Ahead of NaNoWriMo and the WD Novel Writing Conference (Oct. 26-28), Grant Faulkner shares a great technique for gathering excellent details for your story: a “story field trip”—an imaginative scavenger hunt to gather details, sensory...

Shitty First Drafts

The key to that next great written piece? It all starts with your (likely terrible) first draft. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all you had to do to write a strong essay or story was sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)? Of c...

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