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Genealogy Research and the Crime Novelist

Mystery writer Kristen Lepionka shares how her love of solving mysteries led her to researching her family history, and what genealogists and mystery writers have in common. You know you’ve read too many mystery novels when your first tho...

Life Into Fiction: Turning a True Event Into a Compelling Story

Lawyer and crime novelist Stephanie Kane delves into the complications and rewards of using real-life events as inspiration for writing compelling fiction.  Years ago, a housewife was beaten to death in her suburban Denver garage. I was ab...

Apocalypse Now

This week’s writing prompt is inspired by the book I’m reading at the moment, which is very easily becoming my favorite book this year. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton is a humorous novel told from the point of view of a domesticat...

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Dictation (seeking advice on freewriting and dictating stories)

What is your approach for dictating a story? I researched this topic. I think I’ll need a voice activated recorder in my case because I stop the recorder often by pressing the stop button(freewriting is extremly difficult while dictat...

How to Protect Your Artistic Integrity: Let Go of Expectations

In the Breaking In column of our October 2019 issue, Hollow Kingdom author Kira Jane Buxton says that letting go of outside expectation and writing the book that was bubbling inside her led to the publication of her debut novel. In this hil...

Breaking In: Keah Brown on Going From Viral Hashtag Creator to Debut Memoir Author

Happy pub day to Keah Brown! Her debut memoir, The Pretty One, released today from Atria Books. To celebrate, we’re publishing the unabridged version of Keah’s interview featured in the Breaking In column of the September 2019 issue of ...

Vintage WD Interviews: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood expounds on finding your voice, the beauty of multitasking, and what “chick lit” may have in common with Dracula and Frankenstein in this WD Interview with former editor-in-chief Kristin D. Godsey from the April 2004 iss...

Reading Recommendations from WDC Annual Speakers

“Read as much as you write” is great advice for writers. Our WD Annual Conference speakers and presenters share some of their reading recommendations. In her advice to writers ahead of the WD annual conference, literary agent Barbara Po...

What Do You NEED When You’re Off to College or University? 

It’s your first year away from home! You’ve gotten used to having everything you need at your parents’ house, so how do you know what to take when you’re off on your own? Amazon’s Prime Student will help you get what you need at a...

Reading Your Work In Public: 12 Tips From Dead Rabbits Reading Series Founder

Sharing your work at readings is a great way to get your work in front of an audience and network with other writers. Dead Rabbits Reading Series host M.K. Rainey shares 12 tips on how to make it happen. Reading your work in front of an aud...

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