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In the Chorus That Surrounds Every Writer, Listen to the Voice That’s Your Own

“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your hea...

How Being An Attorney Helped Me Become A Writer

There’s more overlap than you might expect between legal profession and the skills required to become a writer. Author Reyna Marder Gentin discusses the lessons she learned practicing law that she’s been able to apply in her writing. Af...

Calls for Submissions: 2020 Writer’s Market and Guide to Literary Agents

Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 15, 2018, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2020 Writer’s Market and Guide to Literary Agents. I’ll start making assignments sometime that nex...

Planning To Write Something Today? Tips for Setting Writing Goals that Work

Lynn Dickinson shares tips to help writers honestly examine their writing routines to make the changes necessary to achieve their writing goals. As an assignment, I asked my students to take a close look at their own thoughts and behavior p...

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Can you be a writer but not be a reader?

Edgelordess said: ↑ I think I learn better from watching than I do reading. When I was taking a course in creative writing, I felt obligated to copy the techniques in the short stories we had to read for that course. (There was more readi...

Writing for Magazines: How to Land a Magazine Assignment

Kerrie Flanagan, author of the brand-new, comprehensive Guide to Magazine Article Writing, shares her best tips for writing for magazines. To learn more, check out her book, and don’t miss Kerrie’s session Build Your Author Platform Th...

Getting the Details Right in Your Writing: Myths and Facts About 3 Major Religions

[The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (August 10-12, 2018) offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally.] image from Getty By Jerry Jenkins, Tyler Moss and Brenda Janowitz (respectively) Accurat...

For the Love of Writing: 25 Wordsmiths Explain Why They Write

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or fewer? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Last month, we called for our readers to share the motivations behind their wondrous words and reasons behind their lov...

Take Two: Playing the Screenplay Submission Waiting Game

How long is too long to wait for a Hollywood executive to respond to your screenplay submission? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if they’re busy or if they’re just not that into you. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followe...

The WD Interview: Susan Orlean on The Library Book and Finding the Red-Hot Center of the Story

Susan Orlean thought she was done writing books when she heard about the 1986 fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library. The story so intrigued her that she spent four years researching and writing about it. The Library Book tells...

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