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Unveiling the Writer's Digest January/February 2020 Cover

Check out what's in the upcoming January/February 2020 issue of Writer's Digest, featuring an interview with Dani Shapiro and kicking off our 100th anniversary celebration.

Check out what's in the upcoming January/February 2020 issue of Writer's Digest, featuring an interview with Dani Shapiro and kicking off our 100th anniversary celebration.

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I am thrilled to share with you the gorgeous cover of our January/February 2020 issue. The interview by Simon Van Booy of its star, bestselling memoirist Dani Shapiro, is one of my favorites to date.

This issue is the first of the new year and the first of our 100th anniversary year. It's an exciting time here at Writer's Digest! We have so many great things planned for 2020—new columns, bigger events, special issues, and more.

Inside this supersized 100-page issue, themed New Beginnings, you'll find columns on how to get started writing when it seems you have no inspiration, start a freelance writing career, write killer openings, and pick up a piece of writing you'd abandoned and begin again. I'm also very excited to share with you a feature by Jane Friedman, who reveals the most common mistakes she sees beginning writers make—and more valuable, how you can avoid them.

You'll also find two new columns, on the book business and markets for writers, and a brand-new page, "From Our Readers," where we pose a question to you, our audience, and you talk back to us.

All this and the regular columns our readers look forward to in every issue—you won't want to miss it! Make sure the January/February issue gets to your mailbox—subscribe!

5 Tips for Keeping Your Writing Rolling

5 Tips for Keeping Your Writing Rolling

The occasional bump in the writing process is normal, but it can be difficult to work through. Here, author Genevieve Essig shares five ways to keep your writing rolling.

From Script

How to Write from a Place of Truth and Desire and Bending the Rules in Screenwriting (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with screenwriter Steven Knight (Spencer), Mike Mills (C'mon C'mon), and David Mitchell (Matrix Resurrection). Plus, how to utilize your vulnerability in your writing and different perspectives on screenwriting structure.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Forgetting To Read

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Forgetting To Read

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is forgetting to read.

Tapping Your Memories for Emotional Truths on the Page

Tapping Your Memories for Emotional Truths on the Page

Sharing even a fraction of our feelings with our characters will help our stories feel more authentic. Here, Kris Spisak explains how to tap into our memories to tell emotional truths on the page.

Poetic Forms

Trinet: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the trinet, a seven-line form based on word count.

Tammye Huf: On Real Love That Sparked Inspiration

Tammye Huf: On Real Love That Sparked Inspiration

Debut novelist Tammye Huf discusses how her own familial love story inspired her historical fiction novel, A More Perfect Union.

Announcing the Second Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Announcing the Second Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards!

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Going Rogue

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Going Rogue

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character go rogue.

How to Love Writing a Book

How to Love Writing a Book

When you’re in the weeds of the writing process, it’s easy to lose sight of why you started in the first place. Here, author Radhika Sanghani shares her tips on how to love the process of writing your book.