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Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Image by Jimi Filipovski on Unsplash by Windy Lynn Harris The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If y...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 422

For today’s prompt, write a harmless poem. Some people think all poems are harmless; others know this isn’t true. So, what is a harmless poem? I guess we’ll all work to figure that out with this week’s prompt, eh? ***** Order the Po...

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How do you turn your ideas into plots?

A few thoughts: • Can you write, or even plan a scene if you’re not aware of how a scene on the page differs from one on stage or screen?• Can you write that scene if you’re not aware of what the three issues a reader ...

Weekly Round-Up: Looking Backward, Moving Forward

Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previo...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 421

Happy New Year! This is the first post of 2018, so let’s have fun with it. For today’s prompt, write a password poem. Write about someone using passwords, creating a password, or hide a password (or words) in your poem (perhaps, a la ac...

W Is for Writer: A 2010 Interview with Sue Grafton (1940-2017)

This interview from the February 2010 issue of Writer’s Digest is posted in fond memory of the late Sue Grafton, who passed away on December 28, 2017, at the age of 77. Five books from the end of her alphabet series, Sue Grafton says it d...

Indie Authors and the Future of Book Production

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] By Joel Friedlander Self-published authors have ridden to fame and fortune on the wings of two technologies: e-books, and...

A Writer’s Journey: Launching Without an Agent with Lora L. Hyler

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] By Lora L. Hyler A few short months ago, I shared a bit of my writer’s journey detailing my search for the perfect agen...

5 Lessons Writers Can Learn from Ferdinand the Bull

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] By Kerrie Flanagan Munro Leaf’s timeless children’s classic, The Story of Ferdinand, was written on a Sunday afterno...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 420

Here’s the final prompt and poem of 2017; let’s make it a good one! For today’s prompt, write an elevated poem. Whether we’re talking elevators, elevator shoes, elevating for a slam dunk, or some other form of elevation, there’s o...

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