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2009 Article Index

All feature articles and columns published in Writer’s Digest during 2009 are indexed by topic. Abbreviations for regular columns: Ask the Pro (ATP), The Conference Scene (CS), InkWell (IW), First Impressions (FI), Nonfiction (NF), Postscript (PS), Questions & Quandaries (QQ), MFA Insider (MFA), The Conference Scene (CS), Writer’s Workbook (WW), Your...

Take it Bird by Bird

In this special posting from our archives, read WD's 1996 interview with Anne Lamott, conducted shortly after the release of her classic book on writing. (Note: In order to make the piece readable, it is a free PDF download.)

Get Shorty

Read the top entry from WD’s Short Short Story Competition, and learn more from its author, Wendi Christner.

Quick Tip: How to Avoid Muddy Viewpoints

Each scene needs to have a clear point-of-view character. The rule is one POV per scene. No “head- hopping.” The exception is when you’re using omniscient POV, which has its own challenges. Otherwise, stick with one.  

Shake Up Your Plot

Your plot has an effect on the rhythm between your scenes, summary and reflection. To help you examine your plot’s rhythm, try one of these exercises.
 

Put Your Fiction To The Plausibility Test

I’m afraid I’ll have to start my discussion of plausibility with a student story that remains vivid to me after some five years. The notion that a 21-year-old would even attempt to write a short story, let alone subject such work to the unpredictable blandishments of a workshop, strikes me as...

We Sat in Darkness

From a batch of some 6,380 entries, Writer’s Digest editors selected Lee Hubbard’s “We Sat in the Darkness” as the grand-prize winner of the 9th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Read Hubbard's story here.

2008 Article Index

All feature articles and columns published in Writer’s Digest during 2008 are indexed by topic. Abbreviations for regular columns: Ask the Pro (ATP), The Conference Scene (CS), InkWell (IW), First Impressions (FI), On the Edge (OTE), Postscript (PS), Questions & Quandaries (QQ), The Sentence Sleuth (SS), The WD Interview (WDI), This...

2007 Article Index

All feature articles and columns published in Writer's Digest during 2007 are indexed by topic. Abbreviations for regular columns: 5 Questions(5Q), Book Buzz (BB), Ask the Pro (AP), First Impressions (FI), InkWell (IW), On the Edge(OTE), Postscript (PS), The Sentence Sleuth (SS), Your Story(YS), On the Edge (OTE), Postscript (PS), Questions...