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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...

The Art of Spin-Offs: Freelance Article Ideas

Cultivating multiple article ideas from the same topic can help freelance writers collect more bylines explains Dinsa Sachan in this article from Writer’s Digest March/April 2019. In today’s fractured media environment, every month sees...

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Q: fast-acting poison

I’d actually originally considered ricin. Two problems, though: it takes too long (symptoms take up to 10 hours; death in days), and from one source I read, if you mess up making it, you kill yourself. Walter White could handle it, bu...

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Reason for this guy to be a spy

So I’m writing a Star Wars story and a big battle’s about to go down. One character goes to spy on the enemy and gets captured. But I’m having trouble coming up with a reason as to why he would be allowed to do that. Mordr...

Vintage WD Interview: In Jennifer Weiner’s Shoes

In this February 2006 Writer’s Digest interview by Maria Schneider, novelist Jennifer Weiner shares how she creates humor in her novels and what it was like having her book turned into a blockbuster film. Numbers don’t lie. With more th...

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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Writing Disabled Characters

Fair warning, this is the topic that got me kicked off of WattPad. I feel like the people here are more mature, though, so hopefully that won’t happen again… Lately I’ve been rewatching The Dragon Prince on Netflix. I love...

Three Google Forms Tutorials for Beginners

Last night my friend Beth emailed me to ask if I had any tutorials for beginning Google Forms users. My answer was, “I sure do!” These were the three Google Forms tutorials that sent to her to share… Read the whole entry a...

Jess Zafarris: Author Spotlight

Author spotlights (like this one with Jess Zafarris, author of Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids from Rockridge Press) are a great way to learn how other authors are finding success. Jess Zafarris Jess Zafarris is the auth...

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