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Better or best name form for nonfiction and/or poetry

Catrin Lewis said: ↑ As is mildly obvious, I use the pen name Catrin Lewis for my romantic suspense fiction novels. But I’ve always intended to use a form of my real name for my nonfiction and poetry. The same form for both? I hadn&...

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Gah!! How explicit should a story about child abuse/pornography be?

Wow…..well,, at least there’s a lively discussion happening! To start with, one of the major problems I am having is that I have what may end up being contradictory goals – I didn’t think they were when I started thi...

Here’s What You Need To Know About Career Hacks Workshop Week

Trying to score a decent job is kind of like playing a corporate game of Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg? I mean, you need the experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. It’s quite a dilemma! Especially for yo...

Queen’s Letter: Notsobrighterday

Writers Forum President and Queen shares her take on the covid-19 restrictions as we enter the Memorial Day weekend. May people are optimistic that places are opening up. I remain crabby. Redding City Council meeting was bullied and bull-ho...

Mystery/Crime First Place Winner: “A Cowgirl Farewell”

Congratulations to Mary Lou Condike, first place winner in the Mystery/Crime category of the Writer’s Digest 15th Annual Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s her winning story, “A Cowgirl Farewell.” A Cowgirl Farewell A line snaked out th...

Vintage WD: Must the Novelist Crusade?

In this February 1970 Writer’s Digest article, Eudora Welty argues that, “Fiction is not meant to be a disguise for propaganda. A story should speak for itself as a story.” By Eudora Welty Writer’s Digest, February 1970 Not too long...

Telling the Stories of War: Author Roundtable

Three award-winning journalists discuss their unique approaches to chronicling seminal moments in American military history with Writer’s Digest columnist Don Vaughn. This article about writing war stories previously appeared in the Janua...

Why Reading Every Day Will Change Your Life

Reading every day is a great cure for boredom if you’re stuck inside but there are some other surprising benefits as well. To read or not to read, that is the question. It’s understandable that in the age of technology many people are r...

Vintage WD: Jay Anson, The Man Who Wrote The Amityville Horror

Jay Anson, author of The Amityville Horror, died on this day in 1980. Read the full Writer’s Digest profile of the author from March 1979. By William J. Slattery Controversy rages around Jay Anson and his book The Amityville Horror. Some ...

Learning From Vintage Magazines: Back in the Day

Fiction and nonfiction writers alike can glean lessons about writing from the examples of industry defying, sometimes outlandish, vintage magazines, and comics. Don Vaughn explains in this essay from the May/June 2019 issue of Writer’s Di...

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