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Top 10 Writing Prompts of 2018

Each week, I post a different writing prompt at writersdigest.com/prompts. And each week a community of lovely writers responds to them. Here were some of our best writing prompts of 2018, judged by participation and popularity among our te...

Shelf Savvy: How Book Categorization Helps Maximize Sales

Book categorization is key to finding readers and maximizing sales. Here’s what you should know. If you’re an author—aspiring or published, traditional or indie—you have a lot to think about: the quality of your work, your relations...

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November 2018 Short Story Contest

Words: 3,026 An Unplanned Exit Chapter IMidnight, Mainstreet was deserted apart from the odd ball of wind driven tumbleweed. The downpour keeping everybody indoors, suppressing the normal high humidity to a more bearable level. The dirt thr...

Job Hunting: 8 Tools and Resources

So, you’re hunting for that first real job? You know, one that’s actually in your area of interest? I would love to help you! Whether that’s in an office or elsewhere, there are plenty of online tools and resources you can benefit fro...

From Whence Cometh Ideas? 10 Fun Idea-Generating Activities and Story Starters

Has your inspiration fizzled lately? Kick-start your creativity with these 10 fun story starters and clever idea-generating tips from Erika Hoffman. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash You wrack your brain, pulling, stretching, trying to e...

11 Authors Discuss the Road to Getting a Literary Agent

Finding an agent who will take a chance on your book can be a challenge, and a lengthy one at that. If you’re struggling, here are some words of wisdom from celebrated authors—including Helen Hoang, Robyn Harding, Elyssa Friedland and...

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Fever in the Night

At first Nathan didn’t realise something was wrong. He carried an armful of branches to a bonfire and laid them in red flames. Then he saw a young boy run past with horror on his face. Nathan spun round and faced a lime tree whose bra...

3 Elementary Classroom Hacks

In my first year of teaching in my own classroom, I learned that teaching first grade requires a lot of creativity. It was also pretty clear from the beginning that customizing any classroom for teaching efficiency and student engagement co...

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 ...

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The Jim Palmer Fastball

The Jim Palmer Fastball The year was 1973. It was the last Saturday night of Winter Break for students of Woodridge High School – customarily a night for drinking and partying and trying to forget school was coming Monday morning. Garrett...

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