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Paperback Writer: 10 Writing Lessons from Vintage Paperback Books

The advice to read widely is sound, but are you broadening your horizons enough? Forgotten paperback books from decades past can offer essential writing lessons as capably as any new hardback. Here’s an awkward confession from a writer tr...

The Tragical Mystery Book Tour (Part 1)

Author and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein recently set out on a book tour of his own devising. In this three-part series, he outlines his experience, lessons learned along the way, and what up-and-coming authors might expect from their...

How to write better essays

December 17, 2018, by John How to write better essays Note: I write this article as a social work student, and this article is probably more suited to social science, humanities and arts students. You know your lecturers really love you whe...

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Sci-fi writers take a look at these photos!

Yeah, it’s an artist’s conception, but according to the article that is what it looked like. Flat, and unlike asteroids from our own solar system. And Rendezvous with Rama is one of my favourite Sci-Fi novels. That’s the k...

The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 11: Writing Technology Old and New

Photo credit: Thomas Bender Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion —whether you scratch your words with quill pen on parchment or click away at your computer keyboard—the Writer’s Digest ...

A Prescription for Writers in a Fast-Paced World

Writing a book is not for the faint of heart. Physician and author Beth Ricanati, MD, offers a prescription for a meaningful writing ritual that will help you achieve your goals. I wear many different hats: physician, mother, wife, friend ...

30 Gifts for Writers: The 2018 Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide

From books, headphones, bookends, novelties and games to services, subscriptions and videos, this guide offers a compendium of creative experiences, learning tools and gifts for writers of every genre and persuasion. With help from the rest...

No More Mr. Nice Guys: How to Write Flawed Characters & Antiheroes

Flawed characters and antiheroes make for fascinating protagonists—but their behavior can risk alienating readers. Follow this blueprint for flawed-yet-relatable heroes who can still provoke empathy. ILLUSTRATION © GETTY IMAGES: LUCIANO ...

10 Creative Ways to Beat Writer’s Block Fast

We’re smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and some of us are probably a little bit behind on our word count—definitely, definitely not me, but you know, some of us. Cough. Right. Anyway, it’s time to pick up the pace: This piece from t...

How to Write Scientific Fiction: Analyzing Carl Sagan’s ‘Contact’

Dustin Grinnell explains how to—and how not to—write more scientific fiction by analyzing Carl Sagan’s ‘Contact’ and the ways it incorporates believeable elements that are understandable to laypeople. Carl Sagan was many things: a...

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