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I Spy

Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, someone is watching your narrator ... but there's a twist.

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WD Presents: Four WDU Courses, a Competition Deadline Reminder, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce four WDU courses, a Competition deadline reminder, and more!

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she discusses the next big fiction trend, and whether or not all books are the same.

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A Change in Entertainment Business Currency and Disrupting Storytelling with Historical Significance (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn about how crypto currency is making a wave in the entertainment business, what percentages really mean in film financing, the pros and cons of writing partnerships, an exclusive interview with three-time NAACP Image Awards nominee, co-creator and former showrunner of CBS’ 'S.W.A.T.' Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is putting off submissions.

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

Have you ever considered outlining after finishing your first draft? Kris Spisak walks you through the process.

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The Skinny: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the skinny, a form created by Truth Thomas.

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

A book review is more than sharing an opinion—it's a conversation between readers. Sam Risak shares the benefits of writing books reviews, as well as best practices for getting started.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give In

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give In

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give in to something or someone.

Essential Versus Non-Essential Mystery

Essential Versus Non-Essential Mystery

What gets a reader to keep turning pages? Author Amanda Kabak seeks to answer that question here.

5-Minute Memoir: Anonymous Fame

5-Minute Memoir: Anonymous Fame

5-Minute Memoir is exactly what it sounds like—a personal essay on some facet of the writing life, be it a narrative or a reflection, pensive, touching or hilarious. Enjoy this installment from Barbara Neal Varma.

My Writer Success Story Began With Getting Over Myself

My Writer Success Story Began With Getting Over Myself

Debut author Christina Wyman discusses how getting out of her own way led to her authorial success.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 574

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 missing poem.

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Outline

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Outline

You have an idea for a nonfiction book. Now what? Author Rick Lauber shares how outlining before writing can help you decide what to put on the page—and what to save for later.

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Junk Drawer

Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, your character finds something unusual.

Caroline Beecham: On Organizing the Historical Fiction Novel

Caroline Beecham: On Organizing the Historical Fiction Novel

Historical fiction author Caroline Beecham discusses the trials of organizing her latest novel, When We Meet Again, and what she found that works.

Viva Editions: Market Spotlight

Viva Editions: Market Spotlight

For this market spotlight, we look at Viva Editions, a book publisher that strives to publish nonfiction books that inform, enlighten, and entertain.

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Short Short Story Competition

Enter Now! Deadline: November 15, 2021. Writer’s Digest’s competition for short fiction. Send us your best...in 1,500 words or fewer.

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Who's vs. Whos vs. Whose (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use who's, Whos, and whose with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

7 Essentials for Effective Copywriting

7 Essentials for Effective Copywriting

Copywriting principles to apply to any form, from marketing to personal essays.

What Is a Blurb in Writing?

What Is a Blurb in Publishing?

Find out what a blurb is when it comes to publishing and why writers should care about them.

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WD Presents: Poetry Awards Deadline, Writing the Middle-Grade Book, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce deadlines for several competitions—including our Poetry Awards—as well as classes on writing the middle-grade book, and more!

6 Reasons to Attend Writer's Digest Annual Conference 2021

6 Reasons to Attend Writer's Digest Annual Conference 2021

Writer's Digest Annual Conference will be virtual, July 22-24, 2021. WD Editor-in-Chief, Amy Jones, share 6 reasons why you should attend.

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Writing and Rewriting History in Film & TV (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn how the hit television series “24” was developed and soon influenced contemporary events in America and beyond. Plus, movie reviews, when to abandon a current work in progress to start a new idea, and how to handcraft theme.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Shock Without Value

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Shock Without Value

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is trying to shock without value.