Back to Fundamentals: Vintage WD
In this 1938 Writer's Digest article, Leon Byrne emphasizes the importance of learning and getting back to the fundamentals of craft, particularly when writing short stories (though we find his advice applicable to novels as well).
Vintage WD: An Exclusive Interview with Herman Wouk
In celebration of Herman Wouk's birthday, we revisit his 1966 interview with former WD editor-in-chief, Kirk Polking.
Vintage WD: Roses and Thorns, Reflections on the Writing Life
In this September 1956 WD article, Jim Kjelgaard reflects on the ups and downs of choosing writing as a career--and says he'd do it all over again.
Vintage WD: Murder for Profit, Mystery Story Techniques Part 2
In part 2 of the 1931 article about mystery story techniques, George Dyer offers tips for how to drop hints about who the real criminal of the story is.
Vintage WD: Murder for Profit, Mystery Story Techniques Part 1
In part 1 of this April 1931 WD article, George Dyer shares mystery story techniques that will ensure your readers will be left satisfied, not disappointed.
Writing for Very Small Children: Finding the Story
In this piece from the Writer's Digest archives, T.C. O'Donnell shares the importance of finding the core of the story when writing for very small children.
Vintage WD: Chris Bohjalian, The WD Interview
Chris Bohjalian's newest book, The Red Lotus, was released this week. To celebrate, here's Jessica Strawser's 2014 interview with Chris Bohjalian in which they discuss his passion for the craft and his goal to never write the same book twice.
Vintage WD: Second Thoughts About Censors
Today is Freedom of Information day and while censorship isn't necessarily the same as withholding information, they are, to some degree, related. Here's a piece from the November 1965 issue of WD by Alma Boice Holland with her thoughts about censors and the arts.