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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...

Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue here or subscribe. Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will ...

3 Tips for Writing Horror Comedy

[Don’t miss your chance to enter the Popular Fiction Awards! Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017] A portion of a window card for the 1927 horror comedy film The Cat and the Canary. by J.R.R.R. Hardison Screaming and laughing may seem like opposite si...

Puzzles & Games for Writers: Word Search

Don’t miss the deals in the Writer’s Digest store—coming Black Friday, 11/24. Each issue of Writer’s Digest magazine wraps with quizzes, comics, brain teasers and games for writers. For the first time ever, we’re excited to bring...

Pacing Your Plot: 20 Ways to Rethink Your Narrative Pace

[Don’t miss your chance to enter the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition! Impress us with your best story in 1500 words or fewer. Deadline Dec. 15.] Illustration from “The tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter. | Image ...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Contrapuntal Poem Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for contrapuntal poem. The entries were great, but there were fewer than normal. As such, I only selected 5 finalists. Read all of them here. Here is the winning poem: Nami...

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A Vision Back in Time

Almost thirty years ago, a friend in Arizona handed me this story, which was written through a process called automatic-writing. (In semi-trance, the author sits clutching a pen until his hand begins to move automatically and words are writ...

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Diary of a Homer

SethLoki said: ↑ ^ There’s the nub of your query letter! Click to expand… Funny you should mention it, but I sketched out the query letter beforehand and made it as interesting as possible before I wrote the opening lines. I p...

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