Author Archives: Baihley Grandison

Your Story #78: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 78! Here are the results. The top 10 winners are...

How Does a Word Get Into the Dictionary?

It’s not uncommon for 1,500–2,000 new words to be added to the dictionary every year—and while most additions we barely register (“cold turkey,” “meet-cute”), others (“FOMO,” “hella,” “ICYMI”) can seem less … dictionary-y. To find out just how words nab the high honor of being dictionaried, we went to the pros at Merriam-Webster. The process, it...

33 Common Words & Phrases You Might Be Saying Wrong

This infographic is courtesy of Jennifer Frost of GrammarCheck. Visit them online at grammarcheck.net or check out the free online grammar checker at grammarcheck.net/editor for proofreading help.  Baihley Grandison is the assistant editor of Writer’s Digest and a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @baihleyg, where she mostly tweets about writing (Team Oxford Comma!), food (HUMMUS FOR PRESIDENT, PEOPLE), and Random Conversations With...

Your Story #77: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, based on this prompt: When a man takes lunch to his wife’s office, he’s told that she hasn’t worked there in weeks. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #77 (either...

The Anatomy of a Bestseller

What makes a bestseller, well, sell the best? While of course there is no magic formula, turns out there are some commonalities among chart-topping tomes. Whether it’s stats for the average number of words per sentence or a comparison of most-loved protagonists, the fun facts are all spelled out here in this delightfully nifty infographic....

Stranger-Than-Fiction Writing Habits of 18 Famous Writers

Sometimes the muse works in mysterious ways. These well-known writers prove that when it comes to writing, thinking outside the box—and in the case of Vladimir Nabokov’s “shoebox method,” quite literally so—can provide the richest inspiration. This infographic is courtesy of Natasha Smyth of Global English Editing. Visit them online at geediting.com or on Twitter @geediting....

Your Story #76: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story #76! Here are the results....

Interview: Award-Winning Comedy Writer Kyle Dunnigan of “Inside Amy Schumer”

Emmy award–winning comedy writer Kyle Dunnigan is a writer/producer on “Inside Amy Schumer” who’s also written for FOX’s “Cedric the Entertainer Presents,” Comedy Central, MTV, and more. In addition, as an actor and standup comedian, he’s made appearances on “Reno 911!” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “Late Night with Seth Myers,” and...

Your Story #75: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, that begins with the following line of dialogue: “You don’t have enough points, sir.” You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who...

5-Minute Memoir: Snoopy & Me & the King of Burundi

This guest post is by Judy Millar. It originally appeared in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest, which you can purchase here. Millar is a Canadian humor writer and author of the short-story collection Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories. You can find her online at (judymillar.ca). Non-writers might assume we slaves to our keyboards spend...

Your Story #74: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 74! Here are the results....

Online Exclusive: More Insider’s Guides for 101 Best Websites

Insider’s Guide: Make a Living Writing (makealivingwriting.com) Award-winning freelance writer Carol Tice’s mission is to help writers earn more money for their work. Read the site’s many free expert articles and sign up for her free e-book, 100+ Freelance Writing Questions, Answered. (Courses and mentor programs are also available for a...

#WriterWednesday: Top 10 Tweets of the Week

Whether you’re battling self-doubt (“What if I never have a story/article idea as good as the last one EVER AGAIN?”) trudging your way through a first draft (or 50th) or cultivating motivation to sit at the keyboard, you’re not the only one. In honor of #WriterWednesday, we’ve culled our favorite tweets of...

Your Story #73: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, that begins with the sentence prompt on the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #73 (either by entering,...

Your Story #72: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered WD’s Your Story 72 contest! Here are the results. The top 10...

Your Story #71: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 71! Here are the...

Your Story 70: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, that begins with the following sentence: The difference is, I lie for a reason. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #70 (either by entering, reading or voting). Out of more...

Your Story 69: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 69! Here are the results....

Your Story 68: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 750 words or fewer, based on the picture prompt on the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #68 (either by entering,...

Your Story 67—Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.   Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 67! Here are the results. The winners, in ranking order, are as follows: 1. Thin, punctured...