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Road Trip Horror: 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' and 'Nocturnal Animals'

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A look at Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and the movie 'Nocturnal Animals' as the Beginning and End of a Subgenre. Column by Bart Bishop Nocturnal Animals, released in 2016, took a classic horror movie trope and added prestige to it. Show More Summary


A master of delivery both in writing and in person, the long-respected actor, bestselling author and thought leader shares lessons learned in a lifetime devoted to information and entertainment. The post Alan Alda: BONUS WD INTERVIEW OUTTAKES appeared first on

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 411

For today’s prompt, write an information poem. The poem could be about delivering information, sifting through information, or receiving information. But remember: Not all information is created equal. And not all of it is reliable. And some of it is hiding in unlikely places, like the mouths of children and observations in nature. Show More Summary

Learning to Wait Well: A Pragmatist’s Guide to Easing the Ugh

I want to talk today about waiting, and not just because I’m yet again standing on the shore of A Long Wait. (Okay, partially because I’m standing on the shore of A Long Wait.) Over a decade plus, I’ve found that waiting is a staple of writing. It’s inherent in almost every phase of the […]

Ooops, should have hired a lit student (god knows they need the work)...

2 days agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Earlybird books sent me an offer to sign up for free and discounted books. Among the free ones was Middlemarch, by George Eliot. Here's part of the description: George Eliot’s novel of life in a quaint English town is a...

Favorite Piece of Clothing Eulogy

You favorite article of clothing has finally out-lived its life (and then some). It's time to say goodbye, but you love it so much you feel a need to send it off properly. Write a eulogy dedicated to that piece of clothing and all the times you shared together. The post Favorite Piece of Clothing Eulogy appeared first on

The Worst Required Reading

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

It's back to school time, which means it's required reading time. Bring the pain. Column by Peter Derk It’s back to school time. According to the aisles of stores. Man, I hated that as a kid. It’s like, I KNOW we have to go back to school. Show More Summary

When to Search for a Literary Agent

Literary agents represent writers who want to submit their manuscripts to traditional publishers. Agents manage the submission process and negotiate the resulting contract. Here’s what else they might do for their clients: Advise on developmental edits. Show More Summary

Back to Bach

Once again, a look at what J. S. Bach, and particularly the Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, has to say about writing.  If you’ll remember, last time we looked at suspense.  This time, we’re looking at surprise.   After I made this video, I discovered that playing a nine-minute piece at a professional level […]

Too stressed to write? Try stepping outside of yourself

3 days agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

When you're under pressure, thinking of yourself in the 3rd person can help you cope according to a recent study published in Scientific Reports. Instead of thinking, "How can I possibly get this done!?", think, "How can [your name] possibly...

The New Book Is Out In The Wild

The new book has leaked early on amazon and a few people have managed to pick up advanced copies at Barnes & Noble! Keep an eye out and please take a picture if you see one! Click the picture or here to see for yourself!

Flog a BookBubber 103: A.C. Fuller

Writers, send your prologue/first chapter to FtQ for a “flogging” critique. Email as an attachment. Many of the folks who utilize BookBub are self-published, and because we hear over and over the need for self-published authors to have their work...

Online Exclusive: Melodie Edwards’ “Heroine Addiction”

“Heroine Addiction,” a stage play script by Melodie Edwards, is the Grand Prize winner of the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. You can read an extended interview with Edwards here. For complete coverage of the 86th Annual...Show More Summary

The 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For full coverage of the awards, please check out the November/December 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. The post The 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners appeared first on

Online Exclusive: Q&A with Melodie Edwards

“Heroine Addiction,” by Melodie Edwards, is the Grand Prize winning story for the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, besting over 5,500 entries across nine categories. For complete coverage of the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest...Show More Summary

5 Tips for Translating Crime Novels

Over the past forty years, I’ve translated what seems like every conceivable kind of book, from classics like Anna Karenina to a biography of the Constructivist painter Lyubov Popova, abstruse works of philosophy, and monumental histories—but...Show More Summary

The Little Genre That Could: Why Now is the Time to Read Bizarro

4 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Bizarro fiction continues to grow, and now's the time to start enjoying it. Column by Gabino Iglesias For some strange reason, there are more articles about the origins and definition of bizarro than about what this genre is doing now. Show More Summary

List Factors: How to Build Your Own Email List

If I could point to one external factor that has had the biggest positive impact on my career as an author, it would be my email list—and I’m far from alone. Most writers today know they should probably have an email list, but misinformation...Show More Summary

If You Write a Book That Nobody Reads, Are You Really a Writer?

Please welcome author Susan Wolfe to WU today! Susan is a lawyer with a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Stanford University. After four years of practicing law full time, she stepped out and wrote the best-selling novel, The Last Billable Hour, which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. She […]

New Literary Agent Alert: Ann Leslie Tuttle of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Literary agent Ann Leslie Tuttle is open to queries! She is actively seeking all kinds of romance, from contemporaries, historicals, and romantic suspense to paranormals and inspirationals. The post New Literary Agent Alert: Ann Leslie Tuttle of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret appeared first on

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