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Ballade: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the ballade, a 28-line French poetic form. Ballade Poems The ballade is a French poetic form that offers everything I love about French forms, namely plenty o...

The Veterans Writing Project

Founded by a veteran for veterans, a nonprofit (Veterans Writing Project) teaches writing as a way of making sense of the stories soldiers have to tell and coping with the trauma of war. This article originally appeared in the January/Febru...

Jess Zafarris: Author Spotlight

Author spotlights (like this one with Jess Zafarris, author of Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids from Rockridge Press) are a great way to learn how other authors are finding success. Jess Zafarris Jess Zafarris is the auth...

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Have you ever been pushed into unexpected and unavoidable expansions of your story?

When I first wrote and completed my book, Abandoned, I never once thought I would be adding to it. After all, nobody seemed upset: “Sunday morning I sat down to read a couple of pages and couldn’t put it down until I had finishe...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ae Freislighe Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ae freislighe. Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ae freislighe along with a Top 10 list. (The huitain poetic ...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 511

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a motto poem. For today’s prompt, write a motto poem. The poem could a short senryu that captures you...

POV: Choosing Between First-Person and Third-Person

Choosing which POV (point of view) to write in can be challenging. Writing instructor Pooja Mittal Biswas shares her suggestions for choosing the best POV for your story and genre. A typical summer afternoon in Sydney is blisteringly hot, b...

Building Your Freelance Writing Career: Just Say Yes

In this article from our November/December 2016 issue, Jeff Somers shares the best way to advance your freelance writing career: Just Say Yes. His advice still stands. A few years ago when I told my wife I wanted to leave my Day Job—and i...

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...

Announcing the Poet’s Market 2020!

Poet’s Market editor Robert Lee Brewer announces the Poet’s Market 2020, including what’s included in the 33rd annual edition of the most trusted guide to getting poetry published. Recently, I received a copy of Poet’s Market 2020 i...

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