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How Much Should Writers Charge Per Word or Per Project?

How much should writers charge per word or per project? How can they figure out the correct rates to charge clients? We look at these questions here. Recently, I saw a job posting for freelancers “with initiative” to curate content on s...

Your Future as a Writer From Isaac Asimov

Where will writers like you be needed and appreciated most as society progresses? Isaac Asimov — bestseller, futurist, and soothsayer — points the way in this essay from the May 1986 issue of Writer’s Digest. By Isaac Asimov Writer’...

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Prompt: Write a Non-binary Character

He/She = HyHis/Her = HyrHim/Her = Hyn Godimar looked down upon the humans below hyn. From hyr cloud hy pondered why they were fighting so much. Godimar decided to play a trick on the puny humans. Hy would appear before them as a giant figur...

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,...

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Opinions on my script

My name is Gabriel, I have been interested in scriptwriting for a while and am very inexperienced. I have been working on a small project called The Lifeboat Man and here is a bit of the first draft. Leave some feedback if you want as it wo...

Colorful Language: Falling in Love with the Speech Rhythms of the American Southwest

YA author Rayne Lacko tells how falling in love with the colorful speech patterns of the American Southwest helped her shape her novel A Song for the Road. When I charted an epic road trip across the American Southwest for Carter Danforth, ...

The Horrors of Being a Ghost: Ghostwriters Share Their Tales of Nightmare Clients

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, themed “Villains.” This issue includes advice to help writers write better villains in memoir, thrillers, film, and everythin...

Why Writers Should Embrace Their Weird Side

Debut author Sarah Sover shares how embracing her weird side led to the publication of her first book. I was always going to be a writer. Well, that or the next vampire slayer, but I was never called, so writing became my calling. In ninth ...

How to Write Historical Fiction

Don’t know where to start on your historical fiction novel? Author Mariah Fredericks reveals how she conducted research on The Gilded Age for her new book, Death of a New American. I love historical fiction. Growing up, I read Jean Plaidy...

How to Write Funny Dialogue: 5 Tips for Making Readers Laugh Out Loud

Playwright and author Stephen Evans explains how to write funny dialogue with these five key tips informed by neurology, rhythm and theater. I remember the first time I heard an audience laugh at one of my plays. It was thrilling. And fasci...

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