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To write or not to write

Even good writers usually hold a separate full-time job non-writing related, and those who live off their writing will usually have multiple income streams from editing, selling their books, teaching English or teaching creative writing, co...

Short Story Contest Entry: Thin Air

Our Writers Forum 2020 Short Story Contest is officially closed. We received two more stories at the September 15 deadline, so we have two more stories to enjoy! The contest judges are hard at work as we speak. Winners will be announced on ...

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How to prepare for a short story or novel…

Well, I’m kind of old, and started writing my first novel in 1995, so I started doing my research before there was anything much online. I think it’s probably a lot easier (and less expensive) to do basic research now, as so muc...

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 ...

5 Truths About Starting Your Own Self-Publishing Imprint

Book sales and distribution expert Amy Collins shares 5 truths you need to know before starting your own self-publishing imprint. This article was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest as “Clearing ...

Psst: Novelists – Steal These Screenwriting Secrets! Part 3 Query Letters

In part 3 of “steal these screenwriting secrets,” we delve into marketing and query letters. In other words, these are screenwriting secrets to steal after you write and specifically related to crafting killer query letters. In my Write...

Four Tips for Indie Authors on Planning a Successful Book Tour

Book tours are a wonderful way to connect with readers. Indie author John Peragine shares his experience planning his latest book tour for his book Iowa Wine. It was one of the hottest days in July when I walked into the small indie booksto...

Nothing Is Fiction

Former journalist and award-winning author Fred Waitzkin made the leap from nonfiction to fiction by accepting that nothing is fiction—everything is inspired by his real-life experience. It took me many years to understand the close proxi...

Digital Repository Limbo: How Can MFA Students Protect Their Work?

Many MFA programs require students to submit an electronic thesis into their library’s digital repository, where it’s available online. How can these students protect their work? Like many graduate students in creative writing, Carlee...

20 Ways to Generate Article Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less

Are you looking for new ways to generate fresh article ideas? Here are 20 you can accomplish in fewer than 20 minutes each. The old adage is true: Time is money. But for most freelancers, coming up with timely ideas that spur editors to ass...

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