October 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
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.
Dump your worries and obligations onto paper. Clear your mind, and start living the life you envisioned. Read more
A New Hampshire hospital is recording the stories of its elder patients—for healing and history. Read more
To name is a powerful act. Title your journal — and the years you live. Read more
Strive to have your essays evoke your connection to the world, and you will grab readers’ empathy, affection and attention. Read more
Losing a child is devastating. Here’s the story of one mother who journaled through her sorrow and created a lasting tribute to her baby girl. Read more
In her book Writing Personal Essays, author Sheila Bender gives these tips for those writers interested in publishing their personal essays. Read more
Are your children’s journals off limits? One parent says yes—and here are six reasons why. Read more
Everything you need to be creative, is already locked inside of you. Try this exercise to imagine someone else’s life. Read more
Live a life worth writing about! Venture from your daily routine, and leave this note on the door: Gone Journaling! Read more