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The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 8: Interview with NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner

Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion— whether you plot your stories down to the tiniest detail or you write by the seat of your pants—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you. Today I hav...

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...

100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a roaring success. Literary agents, veteran and debut authors, editors, publishers and more shared their greatest writing tips on improving your craft, getting published, and building your wr...

5 Tips for Incorporating Real-World Politics into a Futuristic Narrative

Many authors seek to incorporate contemporary themes and issues into novels that are set in the future. Here, Jay Schiffman offers five ideas to get your started if you’re interested in incorporating real-world politics into a futuristic ...

25 Items You Need In Your Backpack For Back to School

Summer is ending and your education is waiting, but are you ready to go back to school? Do you have everything yet? With Amazon’s Prime Student offer, students receive a 50% discount on Prime products and two-day shipping, which makes you...

Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters

In this extended interview from the October 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, bestselling Eligible author Curtis Sittenfeld explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the riches...

18 Ways to Write Funnier Fast

We’re not all comedy writers, but many of us want to write a funny story or incorporate funny scenes into a novel. In this excerpt from The Byline Bible, Susan Shapiro offers 18 quick and easy ways to improve at eliciting laughs from yo...

ClassTag’s Parent-Teacher Engagement Contest Will Award $10,000 for Classroom Supplies (Kind of)

ClassTag is a teacher-parent communication service that I’ve watched develop for a couple of years now. I like a lot of what it offers including the option to track how your students’ parents respond to messages and adjust your ...

Five Inconvenient Truths About College/University Today

Having a positive post-secondary experience requires you to understand these five important, but inconvenient truths about college/university today. Where I hang out (which is mostly Reddit threads and YouTube comments) nobody’s really ha...

The First Book to Ever Be Dubbed the “Great American Novel” Might Not Be the One You’d Guess

Many aspiring writers set out to craft the next Great American Novel. The designation is, at best, amorphous and extremely subjective, but at its core it refers to American-set novels by American authors that have had some important histor...

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