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Talking Shop: Stephen King

 Book Review: On Writing By George T. Parker   I had a problem a few years ago. I came home from town with a book on writing. Another book on writing. Patsy said, “Do you think it would help if you spent more time writing instead of...

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!...

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...

The Power of Theme: Turning Books Into Movies

Books to Movies: Barri Evins reveals how to harness the power of theme to entice publishers, captivate readers, and attract the film and television industry. Some of the most successful and best-loved films of all time have been based on bo...

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August 2018 Short Story Contest

Seavey Street Blues (~4200 words) The office was above a meatpacking warehouse on the corner of Seavey Street and Amherst. Miriam made coffee while she watched the trucks idling below her, filling the loading docks with puffs of Freon and t...

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 ...

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Looking for critiques: FADE TO BLACK

Hey guys, Below is my query letter for FADE TO BLACK. I’d love your opinions on it. Dear xxxxx, Sometimes, a place does not need to be haunted to have ghosts. I am currently seeking representation for my debut manuscript FADE TO BLACK...

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...

Breaking In: Debut Author Lyra Selene on Perseverance

In our Breaking In column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Lyra Selene, author of Amber & Dusk—about how they did it, what they learned and why you can do it, too. Here, Selene discusses the impor...

Sage Advice: 8 Literary Agents Share Their Best Tips for Getting Published Today

There wasn’t enough space in print to include every pearl of wisdom our literary agents shared in this year’s annual agent round-up. Find useful advice for getting published in this online feature, and pick up a copy of the October 2018...

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