Celebrating 90 Years of WD: Curiosities

In the November/December issue, we took a lighthearted look at some of the curious, quirky or otherwise random content we’ve spotted in the archives. The retrospective continues here.
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In 2010, Writer’s Digest will turn 90. To celebrate, we’re counting down to our nonagenarian years with a look back at WD history. In the November/December issue, we took a lighthearted look at some of the curious, quirky or otherwise random content we’ve spotted in the archives. The retrospective continues here.

BALLYHOO advertisement (February 1939)

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2 personal ads (“INFANT, male, 20…” and “Mature Philosophic Lady…” (March 1939)

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Letter to the Editor from Ellen McFay + Response (September 1939)

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“I’m a Bricklayer…” editorial cartoon (September 1939)

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“It’s a Shame More Women Don’t Take Up Writing” by Faith Baldwin (March 1964)

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“Merry Muppeteer” (March 1980)

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COVER IMAGE “The Religious Markets Want You!” (December 1977)

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COVER IMAGE “Free Lance Writer Makes the Senate” (April 1955)

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COVER IMAGE, “Should I Be a Writer?” (September 1961)

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“Cola Bears” Caterpillar ad (February 1981)

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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

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 writing mistake is chasing trends in writing and publishing.

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

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25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

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Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

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Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let your character know they're being followed.

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

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3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

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A memoir is an open window into another's life—and although the truth is of paramount importance, so too is grabbing hold of its reader. Writer Tasha Keeble offers 3 tips for writing a memoir everyone will want to read.

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

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Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 582

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 transition poem.