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What’s your daily word count?

I get a lot of different opinions about it.Someone told me to just write. Write as much as you want, no edit, no second thoughts. Like that, counting –family & work– –responsibilities & duties-, you can get anythin...

How to Hook a Literary Agent to Represent Writing and Get Published

Finding a literary agent is one thing, but the hard part is gaining representation. In this post, we share how to hook a literary agent to represent writing and get published by looking at the query letter, synopsis, book proposal, and samp...

Effective Repetition in Writing as Demonstrated by A Song of Fire and Ice

English professor and author Gavin Hurley shows how the use of effective repetition in fantasy novels like A Song of Fire and Ice demonstrate two approaches of using repetition in writing of your own, no matter the style. Fantasy authors—...

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Censorship in Writing: your thoughts?

This thread is based on an article I published in my journal on Music Banter back in 2012. The concerns expressed here were genuine on my part, and can, I believe, form the basis for some hopefully enlightened discussion on the whole topic ...

100 Common Publishing Terms

Here’s a list of 100 common publishing terms and their definitions, including the meanings of ARC, high concept, simultaneous submissions, and so much more. While we try to explain them as we go, we often drop common publishing terms on t...

For the Love of Libraries: Four Authors on What Makes Libraries Wonderful

WD asked four authors about what libraries mean to them. Here’s what the greats have to say about what makes libraries so great. In the spring of 2018, I had the great good fortune to go to Cincinnati’s beautiful Mercantile Library and ...

Announcing the Winners of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For an interview with the Grand Prize winner, see the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest. See which WD competitions are currently accept...

Truth Serum: Extended Interview With Karen Russell, Esme Weijun Wang, and Jericho Brown

WD Contributor Jera Brown talked with authors Karen Russell, Esme Weijun Wang, and Jericho Brown about what truth in writing means to them in the November/December 2019 issue of WD. Here’s and extended cut of what wouldn’t fit onto the ...

Finding A Mentor As A Post-Secondary Student

Mentorship can be an amazing accelerator for your career. A mentor can share their SIWIKE “Stuff I Wish I Knew Earlier”. The information they would have liked to have known when they were in school. For you, that SIWIKE is often stuff y...

A Student’s Guide To Sustainability: Let’s Help The Environment!

As students, we are the future generation getting ready to take over the world (no pressure or anything). But it’s the truth. We are changemakers-in-training on the cusp of being released into the wild with the goal of making a difference...

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