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WD Presents: A New Podcast Episode, "Your Story" Prompt, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our latest episode of "Writer's Digest Presents," the new "Your Story" prompt, and more!

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WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Kimo Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the kimo.

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

Tattoos and their artists can reveal interesting details about your characters and offer historical context. Here, author June Gervais shares 8 things writers should know about tattoos.

Tyler Moss | Reporting Through Lens of Social Justice

Writing Through the Lens of Social Justice

WD Editor-at-Large Tyler Moss makes the case for reporting on issues of social justice in freelance writing—no matter the topic in this article from the July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character leave clues for people to find them.

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Author Sharon Maas discusses the 20-year process of writing and publishing her new historical fiction novel, The Girl from Jonestown.

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

While the writing process may be an independent venture, the literary community at large is full of writers who need and want your support as much as you need and want theirs. Here, author Aileen Weintraub shares 6 steps in becoming a good literary citizen.

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Journalist and author Daniel Paisner discusses the process of writing his new literary fiction novel, Balloon Dog.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 614

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 summer poem.

Give Your Characters a Psych Eval

Give Your Fictional Characters a Psych Eval

TV writer, producer, and novelist Joshua Senter explains why characters can do absolutely anything, but it's important to give them a psych eval to understand what can lead them there.

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Writer's Digest Presents: Vacation Reads (Podcast, Episode 6)

In the sixth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about what makes for a good vacation read, plus a conversation with authors Steven Rowley and Jessica Strawser and our first ever WD Book Club selection from debut author Grace D. Li.

Trend Chaser

Trend Chaser

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an attempt to join an online trend has gone wrong.

Ava Reid: On Literary Traditions and Family History

Ava Reid: On Literary Traditions and Family History

Author Ava Reid discusses how her love for a certain Grimms' fairytale led her to write her new fantasy novel, Juniper & Thorn.

Doing Better: Building Your DEIJ-B Muscle as a Writer

Doing Better: Building Your DEIJ-B Muscle as a Writer

Author Faye Snowden discusses the importance of authors to write diversely and offers tips and resources to help along the never-ending process of doing better.

Lauren Ho: On Exploring Heavier Topics in Romance

Lauren Ho: On Exploring Heavier Topics in Romance

Author Lauren Ho discusses combining heavier themes with laugh-out-loud humor in her new contemporary romance novel, Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic.

Ashley M. Coleman: On the Importance of Writing Rituals

Ashley M. Coleman: On the Importance of Writing Rituals

Author Ashley M. Coleman discusses how a decade in the music industry led her to write her debut novel, Good Morning, Love.

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WD Presents: Our July/August Cover Reveal, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our July/August 2022 cover reveal, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2022

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2022

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

June Gervais: On a Misfit Writing About Misfits

June Gervais: On a Misfit Writing About Misfits

Author June Gervais discusses how she wrote a love letter to readers who feel alone with her debut novel, Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair.

Your Story #119

Your Story #119

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Kate Quinn | Writer's Digest Interview Quote

The Writer's Digest Interview: Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn, the bestselling author of The Alice Network talks writing for love and the market, and the inspiration behind her new novel, The Diamond Eye.

What Is Food Writing? 4 Critical Keys to Becoming a Food Writer

What Is Food Writing? 4 Critical Keys to Becoming a Food Writer

So, you want to write about food. How do you get started? Here, food writer Deanna Martinez-Bey shares 4 critical keys to becoming a food writer.

Sharon Short | Point of View Quote 2

Managing Point of View: Emotional Distance

In the second of a three part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short explains how to change a character's point of view depending on their emotional connection to what's happening.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Bad Not Worst

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Bad Not Worst

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, reveal your antagonist is not the worst baddie there is.

Patricia Gibney: On Characters Leading to Plot

Patricia Gibney: On Characters Leading To Plot

Bestselling author Patricia Gibney discusses the surprises along the way of writing her new crime novel, The Guilty Girl.