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Kerri Maniscalco: On Big Reveals in Fantasy Fiction

Kerri Maniscalco: On Big Reveals in Fantasy Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Kerri Maniscalco discusses the satisfaction in finishing a series with her new fantasy novel, Kingdom of the Feared.

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Olesya Salnikova Gilmore: On Introducing Russian History to Fantasy Readers

Olesya Salnikova Gilmore: On Introducing Russian History to Fantasy Readers

Author Olesya Salnikova Gilmore discusses the changes her manuscript underwent throughout the writing process of her debut historical fantasy novel, The Witch and the Tsar.

Freelance Food Writing: How to Break Into the Industry

Freelance Food Writing: How to Break Into the Industry

Food writer Deanna Martinez-Bey shares her advice on breaking into the freelance food-writing industry, including finding your niche, pitching ideas, and more.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Red Line Moment

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Red Line Moment

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have somebody cross your character's red line.

Hafizah Augustus Geter: On Confronting Complicated Questions When Writing Memoir

Hafizah Augustus Geter: On Confronting Complicated Questions When Writing Memoir

Award-winning writer Hafizah Augustus Geter discusses how her experience as a poet helped her take on her new memoir, The Black Period.

6 Ways To Collaborate With Other Writers Ahead of Your Book Launch

6 Ways To Collaborate With Other Writers Ahead of Your Book Launch

Writer Aileen Weintraub shares how to find your writing community in the process of launching your book.

Martha Anne Toll: On the Power of Memory

Martha Anne Toll: On the Power of Memory

Author Martha Anne Toll discusses the mythology that inspired her debut novel, Three Muses.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 627

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

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Writer's Digest Presents: Working With Literary Agents (Podcast, Episode 8)

In the eighth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we discuss all things literary agents—what to look for in an agent, how to best find an agent, and more! Plus, managing editor Moriah Richard sits down for a chat with Margaret Danko, literary agent with Paper Over Board!

Unlit Lighthouse

Unlit Lighthouse

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, the local lighthouse is unlit for the first time in over 100 years.

Ellie Marney: On the Unique Challenges of Writing Historical Fiction

Ellie Marney: On the Unique Challenges of Writing Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Ellie Marney discusses the history behind her new YA murder mystery, The Killing Code.

How You Know When the Time Is Right To Write a Memoir

How You Know When the Time Is Right To Write a Memoir

Choosing to write a memoir is no small decision. How do you know when the time is right for you? Here, author Peter Quinn shares how to know when to write a memoir.

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Unearthing Historical Truths (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read an exclusive interview with screenwriter Dana Stevens and director Gina Prince-Bythewood as they share their journeys as artists and of making of their latest film, The Woman King.

Dr. Cristina LePort: On Writing the Medical Mystery

Dr. Cristina LePort: On Writing the Medical Mystery

Medical professional and author Dr. Cristina LePort discusses combining her two passions to write her new medical thriller novel, Dissection.

Should We Write About the Pandemic in Fiction?

Should We Write About the Pandemic in Fiction?

Is it too soon? What’s the best way to incorporate it? Am I lying if I don’t? Author Deb Caletti discusses the tricky issue of whether or not writers should write about the pandemic in fiction.

Amanda Flower: On Making a Sleuth Out of a Poet

Amanda Flower: On Making a Sleuth Out of a Poet

USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower discusses the very moment she had the idea for her new historical mystery, Because I Could Not Stop For Death.

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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, our Poetry Awards Deadline, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 6 WDU courses, our Poetry Awards deadline, and more!

How One Photograph Inspired a Novel

How One Photograph Inspired a Novel

During a tumultuous time, author Lola Jaye sought distraction. Here she describes how one photograph inspired her new novel, The Attic Child.

How To Find and Write the Soul of a Place

How To Find and Write the Soul of a Place

When "home" is defined by more than one place, capturing each uniquely can be challenging and rewarding. Here, author Annette Libeskind Berkovits shares how to find and write the soul of a place.

Negotiating Interviews With Sensitivity, Integrity, and Care

Negotiating Interviews With Sensitivity, Integrity, and Care

There are countless reasons why trying to land a crucial interview can go wrong. Here, interviews producer and writer Sam McAlister shares how to negotiate highly sought-after interviews with sensitivity, integrity, and care.

Joe Pompeo: On Revisiting Gothic History

Joe Pompeo: On Revisiting Gothic History

Writer Joe Pompeo discusses how a conversation with a former professor led him to write his new historical true crime book, Blood & Ink.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Who Am I? (Part 2)

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Who Am I? (Part 2)

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

Writing the Uncomfortable: On Digging Into Transgressive Fiction

Writing the Uncomfortable: On Digging Into Transgressive Fiction

Author Mark Stevens discusses the purpose of fiction that shocks, and far to dig into the minds of our characters.

Writing Better Banter: 4 Tips for Making Your Readers Laugh Out Loud

Writing Better Banter: 4 Tips for Making Your Readers Laugh Out Loud

Writing realistic and funny dialogue between characters can reveal their chemistry, heighten the tension, and endear your readers to them. Here, author Kerry Rea shares 4 tips for writing banter between your characters.

Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi: On Female Relationships in Literary Fiction

Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi: On Female Relationships in Literary Fiction

Author Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi discusses female friendships and relationships throughout Nigerian history in her new novel in stories, Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions.