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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!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Dismissing Stories That Aren’t From Books

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Dismissing Stories That Aren’t From Books

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is dismissing stories that aren’t from books.

Why You Should Beware Homophones

Why You Should Beware Homophones

Mistaking a word for a similar one is not an uncommon mistake, but an important one to catch when editing your work. Here, Audrey Wick shares why you should beware homophones and shares a homophone-catching test to practice with.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

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Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, one character blackmails another.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

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Get all 30 poetry prompts from the 15th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge here. Actually, 35 prompts if you're counting Two-for-Tuesday prompts!

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

Many people are self-professed "stalkers" on social media, whether they're following life events of friends or celebrities. But writers can learn quite a bit on social media by stalking publishing professionals too, and this post covers the appropriate way to do so.

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Samantha Vérant: On Romance and Recipes

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Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

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Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.