Writing Tools

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...

Six Online Whiteboard Drawing Tools

Thanks to an email from a reader I was alerted that a few of the online whiteboard tools that I have reviewed in the past are no longer working. Here’s an updated list of online whiteboard tools that you and your students can use for ...

How to Fall in Love with the Writing Process: 6 Questions to Hone Your Creative Workflow

Plots and characters will come and go, but for successful writers, passion for the writing process burns on. Use these 6 questions to transform your creative method from craft into art. Do I love my characters? Do I love my book? More impor...

3 Key Novel Writing Tips: Wisdom from the Authors Speaking in the 2019 Virtual Conference for Novelists

Each January, we help writer’s launch and achieve their novel writing goals in our annual Virtual Conference for Novelists. This year’s event, running January 25-27, features six award-winning and best-selling authors who will share t...

Tips for Writing About Controversial Topics in Fiction

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Bryan Gruley offers his best tips for writing about controversial topics—social, political and otherwise—in your fiction. A few months ago, my friend Helene Cooper of The New Yo...

Free Time Saving Tools for Students 

So much to do, so little time. Student life is demanding, to say the least. Fortunately,  we’ve got an endless buffet of time saving tools at our disposal.  Best of all, most of them are free! Here’s my go-to tools: No, I’m not go...

How to Crowdfund Your Writing With Patreon

Patreon offers creatives a more sustainable model for crowdfunding—ongoing micro-payments from interested benefactors. Many writers dream of quitting their day jobs and becoming full-time freelancers. And while that is achievable, it’s ...

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Are articles a form of creative writing?

nikkimikkilee said: ↑ See above question. Click to expand… It depends who’s speaking, the type of article, and its publishing venue. My college courses defined them differently, and they were in different departments. The creative...

Paperback Writer: 10 Writing Lessons from Vintage Paperback Books

The advice to read widely is sound, but are you broadening your horizons enough? Forgotten paperback books from decades past can offer essential writing lessons as capably as any new hardback. Here’s an awkward confession from a writer tr...

Season of Savings: WD Books & Writing Resources on Sale This Week

We’re running our annual Season of Savings deals this week at writersdigestshop.com, and I wanted to share some of the exciting daily discounts on Writer’s Digest books and writing resources we’re offering. Each day, we’ll offer a n...

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