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Vintage WD: What Is the Writer’s Social Responsibility?

Today is Election Day in the United States and marks one year before the highly anticipated, already contentious 2020 presidential election. So, when we found this article from our January 1970 issue, and recognized its continued relevance,...

How to Write About Grief: 5 Things to Consider When Writing Difficult Topics

Author Sadie Hoagland shares 5 things to consider when writing difficult topics and how to write about grief, including how to handle honesty, trauma, and abstraction. I didn’t set out to write a collection of stories about grief and loss...

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Are you a better writer now?

I’ve done a lot of writing this year, more than last year. I’m primarily a short story writer and an essayist. And I submit a lot. And I get published, though, I do wish that happened more. Still, everything I have on submission...

Revisiting George Orwell: Why I Write in the 21st Century

Keith Wain revisits the 1946 George Orwell essay “Why I Write” by looking at the relevance of each of the four key points in the digital era. [Editor’s Note: You can revisit the original essay “Why I Write” by George Orwell here.]...

8 Rainbow Rowell Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Get inspired to write with these eight Rainbow Rowell quotes for writers about writing. Rainbow Rowell’s newest book in her Simon Snow series, Wayward Son, was recently released and to celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite Rainb...

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Putting An Homage To The Book/Author That Inspired My Book At The End?

You mention that book a lot. It’s great that it inspired you, but I would advise including it or any nod to it in your own book. I’m assuming your book is set in the future, maybe not even on earth. Didn’t that book come o...

Announcing the Winners of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For an interview with the Grand Prize winner, see the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest. See which WD competitions are currently accept...

5 Myths About English Majors Exposed, Explained, and Countered

When I tell people that I was an English major, the first thing they ask is, “But what can you do with that?” The second is, “Say something in Shakespeare!”  From my experience, there seems to be a general consensus that English li...

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I don’t think I know what fundamentally makes something a story. My writing leads nowhere.

DaveLu said: ↑ I get great ideas that I want to follow, but they just end up leading me nowhere. It leads into mind numbing exposition and excessive description. My ideas just turn into a mundane series of events. This problem is made eve...

Writing Tips From Writer’s Digest Conference Instructors

As we make final preparations for the 2019 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, here’s a small taste of some of the writing tips you’ll enjoy from our speakers. The 2019 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is right around the corner so ...

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