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10 Creative Ways to Beat Writer’s Block Fast

We’re smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and some of us are probably a little bit behind on our word count—definitely, definitely not me, but you know, some of us. Cough. Right. Anyway, it’s time to pick up the pace: This piece from t...

What’s the Big Idea? 20 Out-of-the-Box Writing Exercises & Story Starters

Fresh out of story ideas? Generate your next big concept with these 20 out-of-the-box writing exercises and story starters, created by the editors of Writer’s Digest. Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premise that...

Checklist: 11 Essential Things International Students Need to Study in Canada

For most students, the transition from secondary school to post-secondary studies is a huge adjustment. For international students, it’s a major life change. Not only are you starting the next phase of your educational journey, you’re a...

Using Kids and Parents as Beta Readers for Children’s Fiction

Debut author Marie Unanue, whose book and message are about being “kind all the time,” has a unique writing process story: After writing two very different manuscripts, Marie Unanue sent them out to kids and their parents, who acted as ...

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“Go Your Own Way”: James Patterson on Supporting Childhood Literacy, Generating Novel Ideas, and Writing with Bill Clinton

After more than four decades in publishing, record-breaking bestseller James Patterson has this to say: You can go your own way. Discover an exclusive extended interview with Patterson below. Chris Sorensen For The Washington Post via Getty...

The 12 Best and Worst Things That Could Happen After Your Freelance Article Is Accepted

This article is excerpted from Susan Shapiro’s new book, The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks © 2018 from Writer’s Digest Books. The newspaper, magazine or web editor loves the freelance article you submitted and says “Yes!...

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...

When Should You Hire an Editor? 3 Professional Editors Weigh In

Want to write the best possible book? You need an editor. Editors are critical for making your writing “tight” and immersive. But before you hire one, you must know the answers to these questions: When should I hire an editor? Why am I ...

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...

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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...

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