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Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth

[Call for Entries: The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition | Deadline Dec. 15] Photo by Ryan Graybill on Unsplash by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most ...

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

Chemistry seems to inspire a D mentality: A significant number of students just want to pass the class to meet their graduation requirement, and do it with as little effort as possible. Take Evelyn, for example. A junior in my chemistry cla...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 417

After a month of daily poeming, welcome back to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts! Recently, Dictionary.com dubbed “complicit” the word of the year for 2017. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to prompt a poetry prompt. For today’s promp...

Scrivener 3.0 Update: What’s inside, and is it worth the cost?

[embedded content]  The much-anticipated release of Scrivener Version 3.0 for Mac is here, and Version 3.0 for Windows is promised to be coming soon. This is great news for authors who use the “designed with authors in mind” software t...

5 Things to Consider Before Publishing Your Book

Special Advertising Note: The following sponsored content is brought to you by IngramSpark. Throughout November, thousands of writers fought the noble fight to complete a book for National Novel Writing Month. If one of those writers was y...

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Sal Boxford wins the November contest!

@Wreybies could you do the honours?Banana, Rosa [3,468] It’s not right for an animal to be caged. You can’t keep a creature in captivity just so a bunch of kids can be disappointed to find it isn’t the anthropomorphic best bud Disney/...

Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue here or subscribe. Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will ...

Cultivating a Love of Reading in the Digital Age

Do your students turn the pages of a book or swipe the screen of a tablet as they read a new story? When children scroll through a blog post like the one you’re reading, how do they know when to pause, click, share, or talk about what the...

The Power of Being Seen

When the bell rang for early dismissal on a recent afternoon at Cold Springs Middle School in Nevada, students sprinted toward the buses while teachers filed into the library, where posters filled with the names of every child in the 980-st...

11 Unconventional Resources to Kick Your Historical Fiction Up a Notch

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. by Mindy Tarquini The concept is intriguing, the protagonist well-developed, and the setting is not present day. That last was the challenge I faced while r...

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