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Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

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WD Presents: A Competition Announcement, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our self-published e-book awards, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Award-winning playwright and author Leah Franqui discusses how she examined her life through a fictive lens with her new novel, After the Hurricane.

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch discusses how to pace your story's fight scene and shares three examples from writers who tackle pacing differently.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is rushing the drafting process.

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

USA Today bestselling author Kwana Jackson discusses writing her new romance novel, Knot Again.

Jaden Terrell Killer Writers Post 2

A Conversation With Jaden Terrell on Writer Expectations, Part 2 (Killer Writers)

Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford continues his conversation with novelist Jaden Terrell about writer expectations and success.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Antagonist Reappears

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Antagonist Reappears

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have an antagonist reappear.

Karen Rose: On Characters Showing Up in the Writing Process

Karen Rose: On Characters Showing Up in the Writing Process

Award-winning author Karen Rose discusses the surprising joy of secondary characters in her new romantic suspense novel, Quarter to Midnight.

Making Middle-Grade Novels Believable

Making Middle-Grade Novels Believable

Tapping into universal human emotions, doing lots of research, knowing the ending to your story before you start, and more—author Elizabeth Raum shares how to make middle-grade novels believable.

Tamron Hall: On Turning Reporting Into Storytelling

Tamron Hall: On Turning Reporting Into Storytelling

Emmy® Award-winning talk show host Tamron Hall discusses how her decades as a reporter led to writing her new thriller novel, As the Wicked Watch.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 620

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a "Noun of Place" poem.

Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, set your story on a brand new world.

Emiko Jean: On Writing About Complicated Mother-Daughter Relationships

Emiko Jean: On Writing About Complicated Mother-Daughter Relationships

Author Emiko Jean discusses the seed of an idea that became her new novel, Mika in Real Life.

Sarah Zachrich Jeng: On Trying Out Different Endings

Sarah Zachrich Jeng: On Trying Out Different Endings

Debut novelist Sarah Zachrich Jeng discusses the process of writing her thriller novel, The Other Me.

From Script

Five Things Readers Wish Every Writer Knew (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, learn five simple but invaluable lessons to make readers’ lives a bit easier and make your script a smoother read.

3 Tips for Writing a Second Chance Romance

3 Tips for Writing a Second Chance Romance

What makes second chance romance so enticing to read and challenging to write? Author Kerry Winfrey offers 3 tips for writing a second chance romance.

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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 6 WDU courses, a chance to be published, and more!

6 Things My Career as a Travel Writer Taught Me About Writing a Memoir

6 Things My Career as a Travel Writer Taught Me About Writing a Memoir

After 30 years as a travel writer, Mark Chesnut spent his days exploring the world and writing about what he saw. Here, he shares 6 things his career as a travel writer taught him about writing his first memoir.

Inspiration vs. Perspiration: Where Do Middle-Grade Fiction Ideas Come From?

Inspiration vs. Perspiration: Where Do Middle-Grade Fiction Ideas Come From?

Where does inspiration come from? Author Melissa Dassori shares what helped inspire her debut middle-grade novel, and offers four ways to dig for ideas for your own stories.

Matt & Harrison Query: On a Story’s Evolution

Matt & Harrison Query: On a Story’s Evolution

Matt & Harrison Query discuss the short story origins that led to their new horror novel, Old Country.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Mercy Moment

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Mercy Moment

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your character show mercy.

Creating Memorable Friends for Main Characters

Creating Memorable Friends for Main Characters

Filling your book with realistic friendships can offer your main characters fresh perspectives on the story's core plot. Here, author Danielle Jackson shares tips for creating memorable friends for main characters.

Lane Clarke: On Healing Through Writing

Lane Clarke: On Healing Through Writing

Lawyer and writer Lane Clarke discusses how she gave her past self a happier ending with her debut novel, Love Times Infinity.

Best Journalism Associations for Writers to Join

Best Journalism Associations for Writers to Join

Journalist and Emmy-nominated producer Alison Hill shares some of the best journalism associations for writers to consider joining to start finding more success with their writing and networking efforts.