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Unveiling the Writer's Digest March 2020 Cover

Check out what's in the upcoming March 2020 issue of Writer's Digest, featuring an interview with Andrew Sean Greer, Jonathan Maberry's case for switching genres, and more.

Check out what's in the upcoming March 2020 issue of Writer's Digest, featuring an interview with Andrew Sean Greer, Jonathan Maberry's case for switching genres, and more.

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I am so excited to share with you the cover of our March 2020 issue—The Chaos Issue!

The writing life may be absolutely gonzo at times, but it is always worthwhile. And if you're prepared well enough, you can navigate the storms. It's my hope that the words we've given you in the pages of this issue will help you do just that.

It was incredibly fun to put together. In these pages, we have pieces on everything from working for megalomaniacal editors, to the potential pitfalls of freelance finance; from throwing your readers off by having your characters do things that no one saw coming, to the perils of the prologue in your work.

I can't wait for you to read our interviews with cover star Andrew Sean Greer and author Susan Jane Gilman. Their insights on writing, even when it's difficult, will be invaluable to you.

All this and the regular columns our readers look forward to in every issue, including new regulars like "From the Margins" and "Market Insights"—you won't want to miss it! Make sure the March issue gets to your mailbox—subscribe!

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

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 world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.