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New to writing and have been brain storming ideas. I have two ideas I like but wasn’t sure if either were any good. So maybe you could let me know which you’d rather read. And I have a question for each of the ideas. First idea:...

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...

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...

The Toronto Blue Jays Winter Fest: An Event To Remember

Last week while driving home from Atlanta, I was ranting to my mother about the lack of winter events in Toronto. Now, part of this was for selfish reasons (I wanted new content for Instagram). But I was also getting cabin fever staying in...

Kitplanes Magazine: Market Spotlight

For this week’s market spotlight, we look at Kitplanes, a monthly magazine covering kit and amateur-built aircraft construction. Kitplanes: Market Spotlight Kitplanes was established in 1984 and covers kit and amateur-built aircraft const...

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Role of Investigative Journalists in Murder Cases (1930-1950)

I’m working on a mystery novel based in the Golden Age of Detection — a predominant focus on the puzzle of the methods of a fantastical crime — and the narrator, The Watson, is a reporter from the fictional newspaper The D...

What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

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