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Inside the Mind of a Villain: 8 Journeys and Motives Behind Evildoers, Antiheroes & Antagonists

By Dustin Grinnell Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky Whenever we learn of an unspeakable crime, an incomprehensible act, there are questions. Chief amon...

How Freud’s Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis Applies to the Writing Experience

How does Freud’s fundamental rule of psychoanalysis apply to the life of a writer? DeSales Harrison explores how his former training as a psychoanalyst helped him craft his novel—and the writing process in general. The Inexhaustible Wei...

How To Deal With Your First B

When I was in high school, I was a straight-A student. I’m sure a lot of you were too. Maybe you said things like “I didn’t study for that test, and I still got 92%.” If you did, you were a lot like seventeen-year-old me. Now, my Gr...

Picture This: Photographer Sharona Jacobs Teases Out the Essence of Authors’ Works Through Headshots.

Author headshots might be more important than you think. Photographer Sharona Jacobs explains the importance and process of creating exceptional author photos that can even improve the performance of the book. by Jack Cheng I once asked Seb...

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How big is the Pyramid?

Commander Vimes said: ↑ I don’t think I’m being disingenuous to point out that they are at, what by most measures, would be considered the pinnacle of the writing world. Click to expand… And this is exactly what I’...

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...

Marrying Fiction and Nonfiction in Business Books

In my latest book, Match in the Root Cellar, I tell the story of Carolyn, a newly appointed CEO in charge of dismantling her company’s default culture of complacency and discontent. Many people reading her story might assume she is a fict...

The #MeToo Movement and Its Impact on Women’s Writing

The ground began to shift on October 5, 2017 when two reporters for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, wrote an article titled “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.” Soon afterward, Alyssa Mil...

Horror Short Story: “The Hole”

“The Hole” by John Bowie is the First Prize-winning story in the Horror category in the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of the awards, see the May/June 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest. To ...

Brand Basics: 6 Debut Authors Discuss Their Author Platforms and Connecting with Readers

Every issue of Writer’s Digest, we chat with debut authors about their upcoming releases, how they broke in and what they learned in the process. One question we always ask them—and rarely have room to include in the magazine—is about...

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