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Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Award-winning author and journalist Benjamin Myers discusses the out-of-body experience of having the idea for his new novel, The Perfect Golden Circle.

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The Head and the Heart: 5-Minute Memoir

The Head and the Heart: 5-Minute Memoir

In this article from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest, Lauryne Wright writes about rejection, rumination, and staying true to the creative voice inside ourselves.

Sophie Irwin: On Connecting With Readers

Sophie Irwin: On Connecting With Readers

Author Sophie Irwin discusses her pipe-dream-turned-reality of writing her historical fiction rom-com, A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting.

Getting Started Writing a Beach Book

Getting Started Writing a Beach Book

Sun, sand, and surf are only a fraction of what a beachside setting can bring to your stories. Here, bestselling author Amy Clipston helps us get started writing a beach book.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Old Technology

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Old Technology

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters use old technology to accomplish a goal.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself for an Airtight Plot

10 Questions to Ask Yourself for an Airtight Plot

No matter the genre of book you’re writing, certain questions authors ask themselves can help them strengthen their plots and, by extension, strengthen their stories, Here, authors Boyd Morrison and Beth Morrison share 10 questions to ask yourself for an airtight plot.

A Master Class in Failure (To Find Writing Success)

A Master Class in Failure (To Find Writing Success)

Failure is often a step in finding success but navigating the treacherous terrain of rejection can be burdensome. Here, international bestselling author Marcia DeSanctis shares a master class in coming back from failure.

Telling My Story: How to Work Through Painful Feelings While Writing a Memoir

Telling My Story: How to Work Through Painful Feelings While Writing a Memoir

When revisiting your past means unearthing painful memories, it’s important to find solitude somewhere. Here, author Laura L. Engel discusses how to work through painful feelings while writing a memoir.

Podcasting Tips | Brendan O'Meara

The Writer’s Guide to Being a Great Podcast Guest

More writers than ever are appearing on or even hosting podcasts related to their writing. Host of the "Creative Nonfiction Podcast" Brendan O'Meara shares how to make it an enjoyable and successful experience.

T.M. Blanchet: On Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back

T.M. Blanchet: On Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back

Author T.M. Blanchet discusses the unforeseen element of surprise in publishing her debut YA fantasy, Herrick’s End.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 608

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 mom poem.

How I Went From No Book to Book Deal in Under a Year

How I Went From No Book to Book Deal in Under a Year

From picking up a reading habit to navigating daily word counts, award-winning journalist Carley Fortune shares how she went from no book to a book deal in less than a year.

Stay Thirsty, My Friends: On Freeing Writing From the Weight of Perfection

Stay Thirsty, My Friends: On Freeing Writing From the Weight of Perfection

Internationally bestselling author Sarah McCoy reclaims the necessary messiness that comes with the writing process and discusses why writers strive for perfection when perfection doesn’t exist.

Guardian

Guardian

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is guardian of an unnatural lake.

Amy Lea: On People-Watching Inspiring Romance

Amy Lea: On People-Watching Inspiring Romance

Author and bureaucrat Amy Lea discusses writing meet-cutes and meet-not-so-cutes in her debut romantic comedy novel, Set On You.

WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Englyn Penfyr

The WD Poetic Form Challenge is your opportunity to write and share a poem (the englyn penfyr this time around) for a chance to get published in the Poetic Asides column in Writer's Digest. Deadline: June 30, 2022.

From Script

Exploring Norse Mythology and Nordic Folklore in Storytelling (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read an exclusive interview with The Northman screenwriters Sjón and Robert Eggers, The Twin horror film screenwriters Taneli Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen, and more!

Dark Secrets and Dastardly Lies: Ramping Up a Killer Plot

Dark Secrets and Dastardly Lies: Ramping Up a Killer Plot

A mystery needs more than a murder and the bad guy who did it. Here, author Connie Berry shares tips on how to ramp up a mystery novel with a killer plot.

Shame and Success: Blending Artistic Expression With Social Media

Shame and Success: Blending Artistic Expression With Social Media

With social media being so pervasive in our lives, the relationship artists have with it is both inspiring and overwhelming. Here, author Francesca Giacco discusses how social media has played a part in her life and in her new novel, Six Days in Rome.

4 Things Writers Should Know About Investigative Reporter Nellie Bly

4 Things Writers Should Know About Investigative Reporter Nellie Bly

Bestselling and award-winning Maya Rodale shines a light on the famous reporter and how her work can still inspire today’s writers.

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WD Presents: New YouTube Video, Your Story Voting, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce a new YouTube video, voting for you "Your Story #117," and more!

5 Tips on Writing From Your Own Family History

5 Tips on Writing From Your Own Family History

Author Liz Trenow shares 5 tips on how to write from your own family history without ruffling any feathers.

From Our Readers

What Book or Short Story With a Sinister Tone Has Had a Lasting Impact on You as a Reader or Writer?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: What book or short story with a sinister tone has had a lasting impact on you as a reader or writer? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood: On Focusing on the Work

Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood: On Focusing on the Work

Award-winning author Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood discusses pain metamorphosing into prose in her new novel, Constellations of Eve.

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