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20 Most Popular Writing Posts of 2020

We share a lot of writing-related posts throughout the year on the Writer's Digest website. In this post, we've collected the 20 most popular writing posts of 2020.

Recent Articles

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On Writing to Give Grief Meaning and Write Out of Challenging Situations

Author Lily Dulan explains why writers have to be willing to go to difficult places inside themselves for their writing to make a positive impact on ourselves, others, and the world.

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Gerald Brandt: Toeing the Line Between Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Science fiction author Gerald Brandt explains how this new series explores the genre boundary and how he came to find his newest book's focus.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Moment of Doubt

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character experience a moment of doubt.

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Caitlin O'Connell: Finding Connection and Community in Animal Rituals

In this post, Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares what prompted her to write a book about finding connection and community in animal rituals, what surprised her in the writing process, and much more!

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New Agent Alert: Zeynep Sen of WordLink Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Zeynep Sen of WordLink Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

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Mark Henick: On Memory, Healing, and Languishing Projects

Author Mark Henick shares how he was able to turn a successful TEDx talk into a memoir, even when the project didn't come as quickly as he expected.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 553

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 do-over poem.

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A Word About Writing Princesses and Fairy Tales

Author Olga Grushin explains how her views on fairy tales have changed over the years, and what it takes to write a princess from a modern lens.

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Sedation vs. Sedition (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use sedation vs. sedition with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

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WD Presents: Avoid Common Writing Mistakes, Challenge Yourself, and Invest in Your Craft

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new courses to hone your craft, a new article series from our editors about common writing mistakes, and more!

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Jennifer Probst: Making the Genre Leap

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst speaks about putting a five-year pin in her latest novel and being reminded that even experts need advice.

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Leighann Dobbs: Cat Sleuths and New Perspectives

USA Today bestselling author Leighann Dobbs explains why she writes cozy mysteries from a cat's perspective and how she's still learning new writing skills.

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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Oversimplified Characters

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we're starting this series to help identify them for other writers (along with strategies for avoiding the mistake). This week's writing mistake writers make is oversimplifying your characters.

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Take Two: High Concept Ideas Make a Screenwriting Career

Buzz words abound in Hollywood. Probably the biggest one is "high-concept ideas." Jeanne Veillette Bowerman explains what that phrase mean and why high-concept ideas make a screenwriting career.

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Charles Yu: Writing as the Story Demands

Award-winning author Charles Yu explains why his latest work is a Scribd Original and how his characters' voices help him navigate form.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Compelled Duty

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, compel a character to perform a task.

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2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Guidelines

Join us in February for our first ever February Flash Fiction Challenge! Write a new short short story each day in February with daily writing prompts from editor Moriah Richard.

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Robert Jones, Jr.: Writing to Answer the Question, "What About Love?"

Author Robert Jones, Jr. discusses the inspiration that led him to write his debut novel and how he stayed focused on the heart of his story during the writing process.

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5 Tips on Writing a Standout Self-Published Book From Someone Who's Read Hundreds of Them

WD competition judge AJ Wells breaks down what will make or break your self-published book, from cover design to plot construction.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 552

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 clear poem.

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New Agent Alert: Pete Ford of Credo Communications

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Pete Ford of Credo Communications) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

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Julia Claiborne Johnson: On the Challenges of Writing the Second Book

Bestselling author Julia Claiborne Johnson shares the secret to how books get published, what surprised her the most about getting a second book published, how to handle holes in research for historical novels, and so much more.