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Question about electrocution

I’m struggling with a plot point that requires death by electrocution, but the voltage involved (or the amps, whichever is more appropriate) is something obscene and needs to fry something important beyond repair. The genre is space f...

How to Write BDSM Romance: Start With the Heart and Soul (and Dirty Dancing)

Learn how to write BDSM romance with heart and soul in this piece by Joey W. Hill, author of 50 published contemporary and paranormal BDSM romances. How did a North Carolina woman living in a small town make a successful 15+ year career out...

Metaphor vs. Personification (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you’re using a metaphor vs. personification with Grammar Rules from the Writer’s Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages. It’s easy to confuse terms about figures of speech, especially when they intersect...

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Are pronouns and auxillaries stressed?

I am not sure what you are asking, lumino. When people speak, they often emphasize one or more words in a phrase. In writing, we usually do not provide any explicit clue as to which word is emphasized. The reader guesses right? We don’...

Writer’s Digest Cover Prints – Now Available!

Get your piece of Writer’s Digest history with a commemorative print of your favorite Writer’s Digest cover! We picked some of the most amusing, inspiring, and beautiful Writer’s Digest covers from our first 100 years to offer to you ...

When Your Agent Isn’t a Good Fit

Two authors who discovered that their agent wasn’t their perfect match share their advice on how to break peacefully—and avoid a bad match in the first place. Finding representation is one of the biggest hurdles in the publishing proces...

Do Writers Need to Go to College?

Do writers need to go to college to be writers? If so, should they major in English, communications, journalism, creative writing, or some other discipline? And if not, what kind of education should writers pursue? We dive into these questi...

How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay That Works

In this post, we discuss how to write a five-paragraph essay that works, regardless of subject or topic, with a simple—but effective—plan for completing a successful essay. As a parent of five children (three now in high school), I’ve...

Susan Jane Gilman: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a Conversation

Susan Jane Gilman, the bestselling multigenre writer, talks about her latest novel, Donna Has Left the Building, and appreciating your gifts. IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million | Amazon [WD uses affiliate links.] This past fa...

Vintage WD: When Research Is a Monster

In this article from our June 1974 issue, author James B. Sweeney describes his method for researching a monster of a project—his book on sea animals both real and imaginary. While some of his methods may seem antiquated, giving some of t...

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