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Vintage WD: The First Hundred Words Are the Hardest

This article about the importance of the opening paragraph of your fiction writing first appeared in the October 1921 issue of The Writer’s Digest, as it was then known. It was written by Arthur Leeds. If you’re familiar with the curren...

Vintage WD: What Is the Writer’s Social Responsibility?

Today is Election Day in the United States and marks one year before the highly anticipated, already contentious 2020 presidential election. So, when we found this article from our January 1970 issue, and recognized its continued relevance,...

8 Rainbow Rowell Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Get inspired to write with these eight Rainbow Rowell quotes for writers about writing. Rainbow Rowell’s newest book in her Simon Snow series, Wayward Son, was recently released and to celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite Rainb...

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 ...

Genealogy Research and the Crime Novelist

Mystery writer Kristen Lepionka shares how her love of solving mysteries led her to researching her family history, and what genealogists and mystery writers have in common. You know you’ve read too many mystery novels when your first tho...

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Dictation (seeking advice on freewriting and dictating stories)

What is your approach for dictating a story? I researched this topic. I think I’ll need a voice activated recorder in my case because I stop the recorder often by pressing the stop button(freewriting is extremly difficult while dictat...

How to Protect Your Artistic Integrity: Let Go of Expectations

In the Breaking In column of our October 2019 issue, Hollow Kingdom author Kira Jane Buxton says that letting go of outside expectation and writing the book that was bubbling inside her led to the publication of her debut novel. In this hil...

7 Toni Morrison Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 7 Toni Morrison quotes for writers and about writing from the author of Beloved, Song of Solomon, and Jazz. In these quotes, Morrison covers books, power, and more. Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher,...

How I Interviewed a Serial Killer and Stayed Sane

In order to do the research for a section of her book Our Symphony With Animals (Pegasus Books, May 2019), Dr. Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, had to talk to a serial killer. Here, she reveals the planning that went into her interviews and how she s...

100 Years of WD: How Has Writer’s Digest Impacted Your Writing?

Writer’s Digest celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020 and we’re already planning for the January 2020 issue, which will kick off a year-long celebration in the magazine, online and at our live events. Digging through the archives in ...

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