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Colorful Language: Falling in Love with the Speech Rhythms of the American Southwest

YA author Rayne Lacko tells how falling in love with the colorful speech patterns of the American Southwest helped her shape her novel A Song for the Road. When I charted an epic road trip across the American Southwest for Carter Danforth, ...

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Dialogue Done Right

(~6 min read) For the purpose of this article, dialogue is an alive, action-alike, realistic way to reveal new information about character and/or plot and thus it should carry tension (from ‘Make a Scene’ by Jordan E. Rosenfeld,...

Queen’s Letter: Oneofthesedays

One thing is for sure: stressful times make writers write. And stressful interactions with others can make us write even more. Another word from our President and Queen…written before the Cottonwood Rodeo of last weekend. And before a...

Romance First Place Winner: “Just a Little Push”

Congratulations to Leslie Wibberley, first place winner of the Romance category in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s the winning short story, “Just a Little Push.” Just a Little Push The choppy waves tos...

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Is writing in meter actually important?

That’s a loaded question, in that meter doesn’t have to conform to strict rules (iambic pentameter, for example), but it does add to the effect of poetry. Look at some of the great English speeches and you’ll see that Wins...

How Much Should Writers Charge Per Word or Per Project?

How much should writers charge per word or per project? How can they figure out the correct rates to charge clients? We look at these questions here. Recently, I saw a job posting for freelancers “with initiative” to curate content on s...

Your Future as a Writer From Isaac Asimov

Where will writers like you be needed and appreciated most as society progresses? Isaac Asimov — bestseller, futurist, and soothsayer — points the way in this essay from the May 1986 issue of Writer’s Digest. By Isaac Asimov Writer’...

100 Common Publishing Terms

Here’s a list of 100 common publishing terms and their definitions, including the meanings of ARC, high concept, simultaneous submissions, and so much more. While we try to explain them as we go, we often drop common publishing terms on t...

The Horrors of Being a Ghost: Ghostwriters Share Their Tales of Nightmare Clients

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, themed “Villains.” This issue includes advice to help writers write better villains in memoir, thrillers, film, and everythin...

You Won’t Believe How U of T Makes Most of its Money

U of T is currently receiving more funding from international student tuition than from the provincial government. In a bombshell report, The Varsity has outlined that the University of Toronto is now receiving more money from international...

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