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.

On The Edge: Boomer Lit

It's difficult to imagine that those 1960s doe-eyed children who brought the world’s attention to Vietnam War protests and love-ins are old enough to qualify as senior citizens. But they’ve finally matured—and so has the fiction being written by and for them.

By Jordan E. Rosenfeld

The Last Dance

Kara Graham of Lethbridge, AB, Canada, took fourth place in The 8th-Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition.

Kite Maker

Rekha Rao of Pisa, Italy, took fifth place in The 8th-Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition.