October 2014 Issue
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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!
Unleash your writing potential now with Writer’s Digest writing articles. Here, you can learn everything you need to know about virtually any writing topic and genre. Whether it’s fiction writing, how to write an article, getting published, promoting your work and much, much more. Learn from published authors and industry experts alike how to take your initial ideas and turn them into a completed story that is creative and print-worthy – from the Writer’s Digest writing articles.
Judy Bodmer, a full-time writer and freelance editor explains 8 ways to make your book a success long before your work sees a bookstore shelf. Read more
Try your hand at tightening this wordy example. Then, take a look at the winning edit. Read more
Bestselling writer Sharyn McCrumb’s thoughts and advice on procrastination and how to escape it. Read more
Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic and Here on Earth, proves once again that fairy tales and fables aren’t just a thing of the past. Read more
J.K Rowling discusses her influences, secrets about Harry Potter, and how she makes writing a priority. Read more
From choosing a topic to weighing your words, here’s a start-to-finish guide to writing an essay that makes a clear point without skimping on personal insight. Read more
Self-nurturing is the foundation of a satisfying life, but it’s not second-nature. Learn how to comfort yourself. Read more
Critiquing a restaurant gives you a feeling of power. Do you give the restaurant a glistening review and let them stay open to serve another meal? Or do you pan them, point out their flaws, and watch them struggle? Of course, unless your reviews are published, you would never truly have that power over a restaurant, but there is some satisfaction sharing your entry with fellow travelers to put a few bucks into or take a few bucks out of the owner’s pocket. Read more
Exclusive interview with four-time Edgar Award nominee, Jeffery Deaver. Read more
The co-author of the ground-breaking Left Behind series shares insights on how inspirational writers can find a place in the general market, and says it’s still tough to find time to write. Read more
Poet and author Michael Bugeja explains how exploring the techniques and principles of poetry can help you become a better writer. Here are some exercises Bugeja suggests to help you improve your prose through poetry. Read more
Dave Eggers’ eclectic body of work serves as a testament to the value-and power-of staying true to your own voice. Read more
Creative exercises to keep your writing sharp, exerpted from Writing Creative Nonfiction. Read more
Get your nonfiction book into the winner’s circle by fine-tuning your passion and your business sense. Read more
Examine Marshall’s steps to guide you through the novel-writing process. Read more
Q: While I’ve read several sites referred to as “blogs,” I’m not really sure what a blog is. What is a blog? —Christopher B. A: From writers at award-winning newspapers, to magazine … Read more
Is writing something you can’t NOT do? If so, you’re on the right track, as the case of writer Christine Byl Read more