The Weird Week in Writing (plus prompt): Fitzgerald, one-hit wonder? Ghostbusters save libraries. The last typewriter.

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Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of
writing this week (followed, as always, by a weekend prompt):

Literary Macarenas: One-hit wonders? A new way of looking at F. Scott Fitzgerald, J.D. Salinger, and others.

Who you gonna call? With the New York Public Library system staring down drastic budget cuts, the answer is simple: The Ghostbusters (as documented on film here).


Bobbi Brown, Kathie Lee Gifford, Tony Hawk and headliner Barbara Streisand: Yes, this is the Book Expo.


Bad Habits: "It would mean that everybody else who wanted to work in that room would flee." A writer is banned from New York’s Writers Room for using his typewriter.

“Bilbo ultimately plans to hand Frodo over to a motley band of people-traffickers, led by Gandalf, a stage hypnotist who convinces the unwary he's a wizard”:The Guardian suggests new sci-fi and fantasy mash-ups to break the horror adaptation mold.

Weapon of Mass Instruction:
Using a tank covered in books to bring peace through literature.

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What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a palindrome is when it comes to writing, including several examples of palindromes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time to set a trap.

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

Children's author Christine Evans shares how repetition is good for growing readers and gives you the tools to write your story's perfect refrain.

From Our Readers

Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

Your story belongs to you but will involve other people. Where do your rights end and theirs begin?

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Editor-in-chief Amy Jones navigates how to know your target audience, and how knowing will make your writing stronger.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 575

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 safe poem.

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I Spy

Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, someone is watching your narrator ... but there's a twist.

Brian Freeman: On "Rebooting" Another Writer's Legacy

Brian Freeman: On "Rebooting" Another Writer's Legacy

In this article, Brian Freeman, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Treachery, discusses how he took up the mantle of a great series and made it his own.