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!
Writing Short Stories & Essay Writing
Writing short stories, fiction and essays isn’t easy – in fact, the relative brevity of these pieces can make them even more challenging to create. Inside you’ll learn the best techniques for doing it well, and using those pieces as a springboard for lengthier works.
Share your writing! Discover why journals for two can be a uniqueand lastingway to stay connected. Read more
These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.
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One might be the loneliest number, but it shouldn’t be the loneliest page. Use these ideas to start your journal off right. Read more
When doctors and counselors could provide no help, a journal became the medicine that cured this accident victim of her fears. Read more
Here are three writers’ takes on personal writing featured in Personal Journaling: Writing About Your Life, a Writer’s Digest magazine. Read more
We asked questions about journal sharing, keeping an online diary, and issues of privacy. Reader feedback, submitted via e-mail, represent the various experiences of journal-keepers everywhere. A selection of responses appears below. Read more
David Sedaris’ finely tuned essays are smart, witty and often utterly unkind. Read more
Capture your love of music in a journal dedicated to recording your life’s soundtrack. Read more
Keeping a journal can be a wonderful way to preserve your life story, but choosing the wrong kind of paper can destroy your words before your descendents are ever able to read and enjoy them. Inveterate journal-keeper Megan Fitzpatrick explains. Read more
Stop journal wear and tear with this complete guide to protecting your journals from the elements—and you. Read more
Record your life in sound, image and word. Try adding a dab of the audio-visual to your journaling ways. Read more
Dedicate a journal to history as it happens. Chronicle your memories and reflections on the moments that define your generation. Read more
Photographs and playbills, flowers from your first love?it’s the stuff your journal is made of. So how do you preserve it? Read more
If you find yourself caught in a rut, let your journal help pull you out. Read more
Don’t forget one detail of your engagement and wedding. Keep a log of the memories and plans that make your “I do’s” special. Read more
An interactive journal is a journal you can use to communicate with someone close about things that are hard to express verbally. Here’s how to use one. Read more
Journal with style by using variations in point of view to enliven your entries. Read more
Does your disparaging attitude extend beyond your journal and into your life, where the bad is all you seem to have, because it’s all you take note of? Read more
Collect the e-mail gems you write and receive, and gather a precious diary of your life, as expressed to your cyber-pals. Read more
Jump off the hamster wheel of life by using your writing time to find the path to a fulfilling future. Read more