October 2014 Issue
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Workshops Starting October 2nd
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Nonfiction covers everything from history and cooking to self help and travel. Here you’ll find learn how to master nonfiction writing, how to conduct good research, collect data, and convey a sense of authority in your work – no matter what you choose to write.
Whether fountain or felt-tip, your words are worth the added flair of a perfect pen. Read more
In our era of exclamation points, sometimes nothing works better than a whisper. Read more
Condense and time the delivery of a character’s history to intensify your reader’s interest in your nonfiction story. Read more
Ian Frazier, author of On the Rez, says the Native American ethos has long appealed to him, and what’s wrong with that? Read more
Beryl Bainbridge is the author of such historical novels as Master Georgie and Every Man for Himself (about the Titanic). She has an intriguing way of researching, and of feeding her imagination. Read more
Finding the right word can help strengthen your manuscript while adding your own voice and personal style to the piece. Read more
A writer makes the most of her grand prize from WD’s Annual Writing Competition as she hits New York City for back-to-back agent meetings. Was it worth the trip? Come along and find out. Read more
Kathleen Gasperini, producer and editor of W.i.g. (Women in General), talks about her career. Read more
Historians hold Mary Chesnut’s account of the Civil War as essential to understanding our past. Here’s why. Read more
Nonfiction writers give us their techniques and advice for writing. Read more
Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horwitz talks about America’s obsession with the Civil War and how he finds great stories by taking chances. Read more
Web logs are the new online journaling craze. Get on board the buzz with this guide on how to blog! Read more
You can break into the high-paying business market if you know where to look and how to sell your skills. Read more
What do you do when you have more information than your allotted word count can handle? David Fryxell, the editorial director of Writer’s Digest, tackles the problem of information overload. Here five tips to help lighten your load. Read more
The recent tough times in the media marketplace can mean opportunities for freelancers who can go with the flow. Read more
Caroline Alexander’s nonfiction bestsellers are as gripping as any novel. The secret: Let the research carry you away. Read more
There is a popular misconception among many nonfiction writers that leading off an article or story with a quote is a cliched technique. David Fryxell, however, disagrees. Read more
Author Greg Daugherty provides insights into interview preparation for nonfiction writers. Read more
The Internet can make finding facts for articles fast and easy—but be careful not to get caught in the Web. Here’s how to get instant answers online. Read more
How freelancer Jack El-Hai went from writing for historical magazines to writing corporate histories. Read more