Writer’s Digest Magazine November/December 2012 Online Exclusives

Check out all of the online exclusives from the November/December 2012 issue below.

2012 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! Grand Prize Jacob Appel New York, NY Children’s/Young Adult Fiction 1st Brooke Hartman Chugiak, AK 2nd Heather Sappenfield Vail, CO 3rd Kim Tomsic Boulder, CO 4th Charity Tahmaseb Minnetonka, MN 5th Athena Franco Great Lakes, IL 6th...

Online Exclusive: The Big Appel

Jacob M. Appel, the winner of 2012’s Annual Competition, is a jack-of-all-trades. He’s a doctor and a teacher with master’s degrees in more areas than we can count. Even with all of that going on, he still finds time to write. A lot. And that’s what interests us the most. We decided to dig...

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Develop Any Idea Into a Great Story: The BADS Technique Illustrated

BY ELIZABETH SIMS How do great authors develop stunning narratives, break away from tradition and move the form of fiction forward? They take whatever basic idea they've got, then move it away from the typical. No matter your starting point—a love story, buddy tale, mystery, quest—you can do like the great innovators do: Bend...

Snippets From a 1966 Interview With Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown, author and longtime editor of Cosmopolitan, died at age 90 yesterday. Her bestselling nonfiction book, Sex and the Single Girl, which took her career to the next level in 1962, was eventually adopted for the big screen in 1964; it starred Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Lauren Bacall and Henry Fonda. Brown...

Remembering Gore Vidal: 10 Quotes on Writing

The legendary Gore Vidal died yesterday at age 86. Here, we remember him with some stirring quotes from an interview we printed in 1975, showcasing him at his most “prolific, elegant and acerbic” (as The New York Times aptly described him earlier today). Rest in peace, Gore. * “You can improve your talent, but...