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Tools to Help Students Improve Their Writing

The spelling and grammar checkers built into word processors are fine for helping students catch basic mistakes in their writing. To get beyond the basics, students need tools that offer more than just spelling and grammar checking services...

The WD Interview: Bestseller Jacqueline Woodson on Confronting Controversial Subjects & Writing Across Age Categories

In this exclusive extended interview with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson, the Newbery Honored author talks character building, diversity movements, and the real-world importance of books for kids and...

Writing Science Fiction: How to Approach Exposition in Sci-Fi Novels

Good writing is good writing, no matter which genre you work in. But there are some areas of special concern to writers of speculative fiction. In this excerpt from the book Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, Ender’s Game author Orson...

5 Ways an Author Blog Could Kill Your Writing (and What to Do Instead)

Writers: There is a a good chance you don’t need an author blog. Static author websites are great, and you’d be crazy not to have one. But starting an author blog is a different (and often tragic) story. In fact, your author blog might...

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Using fill-in-the-blanks to sharpen your writing skills

Everybody knows that dialog is for characters to talk and express themselves, but that is really only 40% of what a dialog sequence does. The other 60% is the attributions, the brush strokes, the intermittent details that reveal the c...

5 Lessons Studying Sleight-of-Hand Can Teach You About Writing Suspense

by Michael Kardos Ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved magic. The first Broadway show I ever saw, at age seven, was The Magic Show starring the great Doug Henning. In eighth grade, I started studying sleight-of-hand with a teacher at...

5 Tools for Creating Multimedia Books – Comparison Chart

Developing a multimedia ebook or magazine can be a to get kids excited about writing. Incorporating pictures, videos, and audio can be a good way for students to illustrate and or further explain portions of fiction and non-fiction stories ...

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Writing tropes

Cool thread, bd! I agree with yours, as well. Some of mine:“The first draft of everything is shit.” — Ernest Hemingway Nah. Maybe to some, but certainly not to all. For some writers, even, the more they re-draft, the mor...

Short Training for Your Long Game: How Writing Short Stories Can Help You Hone Your Novel-Writing Skills

Even if you’re focused on writing a novel, writing short stories can be a wonderful creativity tool to help you strengthen elements of your fiction, experiment with characters and simply stay loose. Make sure to submit your finished short...

Writers on Writing: Revitalizing the Batman Franchise with Batman Begins

David Goyer, who co-wrote Batman Begins with director Christopher Nolan, reflects on the creative choices he and Nolan made in bringing the darkest of the DC Comics’ characters to life. Christian Bale stars as Batman in Warner Bros. Pict...

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