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4 Free Extras From the New Writer's Digest

Did you know every single issue of Writer's Digest includes bonus online exclusives? And they're not just for subscribers—they're for everyone! We must have been feeling extra inspired when we put together the November/December 2016 Writer's Digest, because we rounded up even more extras than usual.

Robert Crais
  1. Learn what really drives Robert Crais to the bestsellers lists.

After Robert Crais finally had a novel debut at No. 1 on The New York Times list, he baffled his publisher by diverging from his series. In Bonus WD Interview Outtakes: Robert Crais, find out why—and how it paid off. (Hint: It has to do with passion. As Crais says, “You want heat, you want fire. That’s what we gather around and warm our hands with.”)

  1. Find out why writing makes TheHappiness Project guru Gretchen Rubin happiest of all (and how her best advice can help you).

In the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, we outline strategies for establishing successful writing work habits inspired by bestselling author Gretchen Rubin. In this extended Gretchen Rubin Q&A, the 50-year-old happiness and habits expert talks about why she switched careers to become a full-time writer, how she found an agent and the unexpected role of NaNoWriMo in her success.

  1. See how authors like you are earning money from their websites—so you can boost your bank account.

In her comprehensive article “8 Ways to Make Money From Your Website” in the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, digital media consultant Jane Friedman offers up 8 detailed strategies: 1) Reader support, 2) Affiliate marketing, 3) Advertising and sponsorships, 4) Native advertising, 5) Digital product sales, 6) Consulting or coaching, 7) Online courses, 8) Digital subscriptions. In this bonus "Models for Success" sidebar we didn’t have space to print, she shares concrete examples of authors succeeding by putting the various revenue models into action.

  1. Read what it takes to win.

“Blink,” a young adult short story by Sabrina Hicks, is the Grand Prize winner of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Read the winning story, "Blink"—and our extended Q&A with Sabrina Hicks that takes you behind the scenes with the winner. Then, see how to enter the next Writer's Digest competitions (the Annual offers the chance to win $5,000 cash and an all-expenses paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference!).

All of the November/December 2016 Writer's Digest online exclusives are also available in one handy spot:

Of course, if you think these extras are good, you’ll love the full issue they came from! Don’t miss the November/December 2016 Writer’s Digest, at your favorite newsstand or library or available for instant download now.

Yours in writing,

Jessica Strawser

Editorial Director, Writer’s Digest magazine

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Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

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Your Story #120

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Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.

Poetry Prompt

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Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an animal poem.

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Not sure which way to turn when writing intimate scenes? Author Jo McNally shares how to write compelling love scenes that make sense for the story you’re writing.

How Can I Help You?

How Can I Help You?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Phong Nguyen discusses his lifelong dream of writing his new historical fiction novel, Bronze Drum.

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.