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...

100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a roaring success. Literary agents, veteran and debut authors, editors, publishers and more shared their greatest writing tips on improving your craft, getting published, and building your wr...

Three Tools That Can Help You Save Time on Routine Tasks

Time is the one thing that we want more of. We can’t create more time for ourselves but we can be more efficient on some routine tasks so that we have more time for the fun things we want to do. Here are three tools that you might wan...

Productive Procrastination: 7 Creative Activities to Distract Yourself from Writing

Procrastination can be a writer’s worst enemy. But here, Jenna Blum rethinks her approach to self-distraction and shares seven creative ways writers can productively procrastinate. By Jenna Blum Procrastination: as endemic to and dreaded ...

My Ten Favorite ClassTools Templates

There are dozens of great game builders, writing templates, and handy classroom tools on Classtools.net. I’ve tried nearly all of them over the years. My ten favorite Classtools tools are featured below. The Dustbin game is an activit...

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...

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