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Weekly Round-Up: Mr. Write

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Working with Characters...

Pick Your Favorite Cover!

Help us choose a cover for our May/June 2017 issue! Which one do you like best? Once you pick your favorite, vote for A or B in our poll on Twitter! You might also like:No Related Posts

Weekly Round-Up: Make the Most of Your Writing Life

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place.  Tips and Tricks...

DEADLINE FRIDAY: WD’s 85th Annual Writing Competition

Don’t miss your chance to enter the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! With 501 winners, this competition showcases beginning to veteran writers in all genres. Prizes You could win: An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only) $5,000 in cash An interview in Writer’s Digest One-on-one attention from four...

Why Your Story is Getting Rejected: Language

As a former reader for a literary journal, I first learned to watch for language. I looked for creative, rhythmic prose that engaged the senses and provided a clear voice. But it took time to recognize and appreciate these qualities, and even longer to apply them in my own work. Now, as an editor,...

18 Quotes for Writers from Ernest Hemingway

Today marks the 115th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth. In his lifetime, Papa had quite a lot to say about writing. Here are 18 of our favorite quotes, in no particular order.   1. I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in...

Where Writers Write: The Homes of Jack Kerouac

The living quarters of authors have always held a weird fascination for me. There’s something strangely intimate about knowing where another writer works and lives, how they arrange the furniture, what artwork adorns the walls. So I was interested but a bit disheartened when the Tampa Bay Times posted a series of photos from the...

Ask Us Anything! Join Our Reddit AMA (Mar 21, 2pm EDT)

On Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m. EDT, editors from our Ohio office will answer reader and community questions on Reddit. We’re conducting the “Ask Me Anything” session in /r/writing, Reddit’s writing-discussion-only community. If you are already a redditor, you’ll likely know how this process works: We will announce our AMA on Twitter with...

The Secret to Writing Better: Looking Up

I’m always surprised and humbled by the gracious notes I receive from readers about my Editor’s Letters—but no letter in recent memory has drawn as much of a response as the one in our latest, November/December 2013 Writer’s Digest (on newsstands and in libraries now, and available for instant download), which is devoted to...

13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the top 25 winners of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition! 1st Excavation Marie Bacigalupo Brooklyn, NY 2nd The Healer Ronald Farrington Sharp Ann Arbor, MI 3rd Homecoming Curt Austin Noblesville, IN 4th Solitos Spencer Bennington Danville, VA 5th Decency Karissa Chen Guttenberg, NJ 6th...

4 Truths That Will Revolutionize Your Revision Process

Perhaps because I’m in the process of revising a novel manuscript myself, the advice in the May/June 2013 Writer’s Digest Guide to Pain-Free Revision really resonated with me as I pieced it all together behind the scenes. In fact, I’d go so far to say that some of the insights from the talented contributors...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Life Stories

Thank you the everyone who participated in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Below is a list of the books entered in our Life Stories category.   .””Song On My Lips”  Jazz Greats Were My Mentors” Stephen T. Botek “”That Was Then”” Brenda Tate Groat www.brendatategroat.com 7 Kids and 2 Ex-Wives (How Fixing Me...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Inspirational

Thank you the everyone who participated in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Below is a list of the books entered in our Inspirational category. 101 Ways to Bliss: Quick and Easy Tips for Leading a Joyous Life! Angie Anderson 101waystobliss.com 16 Mondays – for people who hate their jobs Akilah t’Zuberi www.akilahtzuberi.com 365...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Genre Fiction

Thank you the everyone who participated in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Below is a list of the books entered in our Genre Fiction category.   A Beautiful Glittering Lie J. D. R. Hawkins www.jdrhawkins.com A Case Of Peanut Brittle Jack O’Connor playwriterjack.com A Choice to Yield Laurence Cook www.LonzCook.net A Chronicle of...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Children’s/Picture books

Thank you to all the participants in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards.  Please see below for a list of books entered into the Children’s/Picture Book category. “””Eh, Spaghetti You Say?””” Karen Leis Welsh A Book About Book Susan Litsios www.elstir-editions.ch A Bug in the House Lisa Cozza barnesandnoble.com A Dragon Called Ivan Terri...

5 Unexpected Lessons From Inside the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Ask any writer—at any level—what writing program he or she would most like to get a glimpse inside of, and chances are the answer will be the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The first creative writing degree program in the United States, Iowa became the model that other writing programs aspire to—and its list of alumni...

3 Surprising Lessons About Publishing Today

With the newsstand release of every new edition of Writer’s Digest magazine, I typically share a few of the best tips relating to the issue’s cover theme here. But in compiling our February 2013 issue—focused on innovative ways to Make Money Writing and featuring an unexpected WD Interview subject—I found that it held so...

A Haiku of Bad Habits

Write a haiku (three lines: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables) about your significant other’s most annoying habit/feature. Or, do the same for a friend, coworker, family member or pet.

Moving Beyond Writers Block

What do you do when you feel your creativity has dried up, you have nothing to say, or you feel everything you do say, has already been said? There are several solid strategies for transcending these blocks and getting the words and ideas to flow with confidence once again.

Happy Authors Embrace Personal Responsibility

By Rob Eagar As humans, we were created to be responsible individuals. We know this is true, because we’re usually happiest when we have responsibility and take care of it, such as handling our job well or being a loving parent. In contrast, irresponsibility usually leads to blame, which leads to conflict by blaming...

The Best New Advice for Getting Published

You can always tell when it’s officially springtime here at the WD offices. Everyone is smiling because of the sunshine. Everyone is sneezing because of the pollen. And everyone is buzzing about the release of our most popular annual list: The 101 Best Websites for Writers. (There are also some unruly Canadian geese who...