Author Archives: Guest Column

Short Training for Your Long Game: Recommended Reading

In the March/April 2017 Writer’s Digest, StoryADay founder Julie Duffy shares how and why short stories can be a fabulous creativity tool, even for writers who are primarily working on a novel. Drawing on experiences from acclaimed writers who ascribe to this practice, including Hugo Award–winning short fiction writer and novelist Mary Robinette Kowal,...

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When Can You Call Yourself a “Real” Writer?

BY JESSICA ALLEN When can you call yourself a “real” writer?  A fellow scribe shares how a series of ordinary encounters transformed her point of view. When you grow up revering books, as I did, you grow up revering writers. I remember the first author I ever met: Patricia MacLachlan, who spoke at my junior...

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Author Nick Petrie Discusses Building a Strong Protagonist

People don’t read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the science, and no one watches Forrest Gump for seafood recipes. Character is what truly makes an audience turn a page or turn up the volume. Thus, I am so pleased to sit down with bestselling author Nick Petrie to discuss the much anticipated second...

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When Truth Is Stranger Than (Children’s) Fiction

BY JOY LANZENDORFER Some children’s books are so original they seem to have sprung from the author’s imagination alone. But no matter the genre, writers use personal experiences in their work. It may surprise you to learn these beloved children’s stories are actually inspired by real life. All are vital reminders that you never...

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Getting the Details Right: Depression

BY NAOMI ELSTER Misunderstandings about mental illness can lead to inaccurate writing and contribute to widespread misconceptions about those with a real affliction. While characters who suffer from depression are plentiful in fiction, a faulty portrayal of the disorder can weaken a writer’s work. Let’s debunk a few of the most common myths to...