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4 Ways to Make Every Word Count

Getting the full value out of every word you write is especially important when it comes to the short story. Here are four techniques to help you make each word count.
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Questions to Ask Potential Ghostwriting Clients

Before you say yes to a ghostwriting gig, or even make a bid, you must know all you can about the project in question. Here are the important questions to ask.
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WD Interview Bonus Q&A: Sarah Dessen

Don’t miss the chance to learn even more of No. 1 New York Times bestseller Sarah Dessen’s insights on what it takes to make it writing for today’s young readers.
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Read the grand-prize short story from the sixth annual WD Popular Fiction Awards here.
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Writing & Selling Your Memoir: Bonus Materials

Check out bonus material from Paula Balzer’s Writing & Selling Your Memoir.
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What Writers Mean by “Flow”

What do writers mean when they say a piece of writing "flows" or "doesn’t flow"?  Read more

On Writing Fiction

Rethinking conventional wisdom about the craft of writing fiction.  Read more

WD Author Interview: Nancy Ellen Dodd

The Writer’s Compass author Nancy Ellen Dodd talks about writing and the writer’s life in this exclusive Q&A.  Read more

Story Map Worksheet

Map your story structure with this downloadable Story Map Worksheet based on Nancy Ellen Dodd’s The Writer’s Compass.  Read more

18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners

Like confronting a dark past, publishing your own book can be daunting. Weldon Long found one bold way to do both—and earned top honors in WD’s Self-Published Book Awards.

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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Mainstream Fiction

Announcing the Mainstream Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Children’s

Announcing the Children’s winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Genre Fiction

Announcing the Genre Fiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Inspirational

Announcing the Inspirational winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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Writing & Selling Your Memoir

Memoir Webinar

When you think about writing your memoir, making it “marketable” might not be your first priority. You’re probably more focused on prose, structure and voice. While those elements are crucial, in today’s marketplace publishers are looking for writers who can deliver “the total package” – excellent writing combined with a marketable story. Read more

18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Life Stories

Announcing the Life Stories winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Reference

Announcing the Reference winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Nonfiction

Announcing the Nonfiction winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Poetry

Announcing the Poetry winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winners – Middle Grade/Young Adult

Announcing the Middle Grade/Young Adult winners of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards.
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The Writer’s Compass

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Learn How Less Can Be More

Read the winning story in WD’s 11th Annual Short Short Story Competition, and find out more about how its author, Mikala Engel, conveyed big emotion in a small word count. Read more

Returning Characters to Life

On Writing Fiction author David Jauss discusses Chekhov’s subversive endings in this insightful essay.
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10 Ways to Stay Sane When Frustrated With Your Writing

So how does bestselling author Karin Slaughter (Broken) stay sane when her writing is frustrating her? We asked—and here are her responses. Read more

Quick Guide to Commas

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