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Insider’s Guide: Make a Living Writing (makealivingwriting.com)

Award-winning freelance writer Carol Tice’s mission is to help writers earn more money for their work. Read the site’s many free expert articles and sign up for her free e-book, 100+ Freelance Writing Questions, Answered. (Courses and mentor programs are also available for a fee.) For the best approach to farm this rich resource, Tice offers these tips:

  • If you’re a first-time visitor, use the categories in the “We talk about …” section for an instant set of posts on the topic you want to learn about. Subscribe via email, too: “RSS subscribers miss many freebie and discount offers from me,” Tice says.
  • “There are over 800 posts, so a lot of great content is buried in the archive now.”
  • The blog’s best-kept secret? It can teach you how to leverage your own blog to attract readers and turn them into buyers of your content, whether you offer e-books, community, classes or coaching.”
  • Tice’s most common question from site visitors? “How do I get started as a freelance writer?” Some of the “most popular” posts in her sidebar address this, and as of this writing, Tice is also in the process of creating a special “New freelance writer? Start here” page that will organize many of her most useful posts for new writers. (Conversely, she also plans to create a space for more established freelancers who want to focus on finding better markets.)
  • Don’t be shy! “I allow comments on recent posts, and they’re a lively place! I’m also active on Twitter (@TiceWrites) and have a busy Facebook page for the Make a Living Writing Blog (facebook.com/makealivingwriting). Those are great places to chat with me and get sneak peeks at upcoming e-books and classes of mine. I do contests and giveaways there, too.”

Insider’s Guide: Writer’s Carnival (writerscarnival.ca)

This site has a plethora of advice, insightful critiques from peers, writing prompts, forum discussions and contests—and best of all, membership is free. Those seeking more detailed critiques of their work can upgrade their membership for $9.99/month (or $4.58/month if a one-year membership is purchased.) We caught up with Writer’s Carnival co-founder Anisa Claire for her tips on how to make the most of your time on the site.

-Don’t be afraid to dive into the fray. “Put in what you expect to get back,” Claire says. “We're a community to help writers, but participation is key. Eighty percent of our site is free and open to the public, including our weekly challenges that get upwards of 900 comments per challenge—it's a great way to test the waters and see just how inviting and accepting the community is!”

-Networking is also key. “On top of suggesting [our members] connect with people through their own blogs and on social media, such as Twitter, we also encourage them to network within the Writer's Carnival community because it's a great platform to connect with other people who are on the same journey.”

-Don’t miss the weekly challenges, which are a great way to participate and connect with fellow writers. “We do 'Group Discussions' as well, where we talk as a community about different writing-related topics. Upgraded members can post a group discussion, but any member, regardless of their account status, can participate in the actual conversation. Our site team also takes turn putting these group discussions up.”

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Misusing Dialogue Tags

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Misusing Dialogue Tags

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 writers make is misusing dialogue tags.

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Boketto: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, Walter J. Wojtanik shares his relatively new form, the boketto.

Paul Neilan: On Implementing Dark Humor

Paul Neilan: On Implementing Dark Humor

In this article, author Paul Neilan explains how he came up with the idea for his mystery and dark comedy novel The Hollywood Spiral.

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Deborah Hall, 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winner

The winner of the 2020 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards discusses the inspiration behind her first-place poem, “The Loneliest Whale."

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters split up.

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Author Kerry Winfrey wrote her latest romance, Very Sincerely Yours, during the 2020 pandemic to comfort herself. Here, she's explaining why that tone is important for readers.

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The 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WD Poetry Awards!

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Your Story #113

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

Author E.J. Levy discusses her journey with drafting and redrafting her historical fiction novel, The Cape Doctor, and why her first draft was her best draft.