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18 Words You Didn’t Know You Needed

While the English language possesses incredible breadth, it nowhere near encompasses the span of expression. Sometimes, we just don’t have the words—for example, being able to define the phenomena of “hearing a joke so poorly told and...Show More Summary

How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead To a Lifetime of Better Writing

For hundreds of thousands of writers worldwide, November means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Learn how and why the 30-day challenge can be a serious boost. The post How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead To a Lifetime of Better Writing appeared first on

What if Publishers Rejected Dracula? (Happy Halloween)

About a year ago, we retired “Reject A Hit,” the fan-favorite humor column that donned the back page of Writer’s Digest for five long years, in which writers assumed the position of a fake agent or publisher respectfully (or at times, not-so-respectfully) declining such classic novels as Moby-Dick, Great Expectations and The Hobbit. Show More Summary

6 Things Friends Can Teach Us About Writing (Part 2)

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Show More Summary

Weekly Round-Up: 14 Things You Might Have Missed (and 1 to Add to Next-Week’s Calendar)

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss a post again, we're creating a new Weekly Round-up series. Each Saturday,...Show More Summary

Coupon Cutter

You’ve been an extreme coupon cutter for years, to the point where you have gained national recognition for it. But you’ve developed a rival coupon-er named (fill in the blank). He/she has challenged you to an extreme coupon-off, with...Show More Summary

Friday Reads: Chart Your Course with Author in Progress

Let me set the scene: You’re sitting at home, perhaps in your office or at your kitchen table, maybe sipping some coffee or tea. You’d like to start writing your novel … but instead you’re staring at the cursor on your laptop screen as it blinks back at you. Show More Summary

5 Key Questions Writers Should Ask When Revising Writing

As a longtime nonfiction book and magazine editor, I’ve given notes on revising numerous manuscripts and articles. Here's what all writers should know. The post 5 Key Questions Writers Should Ask When Revising Writing appeared first on

#ThrowbackThursday: Writer’s Digest October 1922

Some 90-odd years ago, Writer’s Digest was still providing valuable tips and insight on the writing craft. We dove back into our archives—a full bookcase of hardbound antiques that would make any writer/booklover swoon—to give you a glimpse at some of our favorite bits from the October 1922 issue. Show More Summary

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. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 372

For today’s prompt, write a bulletin board poem. Or maybe a more modern version of this is the eraser board poem. That is, write a poem that might be tacked onto a bulletin board or scribbled on an eraser board or even magnetized to a refrigerator. Show More Summary

How to Use Objects to Strengthen Your Characters

One of the most common techniques fiction writers fail to implement is the use of objects. Chances are, your character isn’t just standing there, spouting off dialogue. The character is doing something with his hands. She’s exchanging a business card. Show More Summary

What Every Serious Author Needs to Know About Metadata

You can’t sell your book if no one can find it. Metadata is the key to online discoverability of your content. It’s the information used to interact with a book, helping authors determine what they want their book to say and readers determine whether they want to buy it. Show More Summary

5 Things Writers Should Know About Wattpad & the Future of Publishing

Wattpad is proving out a publishing model that could well be the standard in years to come. Here's what all writers need to know about Wattpad. The post 5 Things Writers Should Know About Wattpad & the Future of Publishing appeared first on

Why the Best Writing Is “Steeped in Knowledge”

Hall of Fame editor Terry McDonell reveals the inspiration behind his new memoir about writing and the writers he’s worked with—from Hunter S. Thompson to George Plimpton—and why to find your voice, “you just have to let it rip sometimes...Show More Summary

5 Things You Can Do to Bring Your Writing Ideas (and Career) to Life

How do you take your writing ideas, write a book and become a published author? Here are 5 ways you can help you make your writing dreams real that don't involve business plans. The post 5 Things You Can Do to Bring Your Writing Ideas (and Career) to Life appeared first on

Revolution Radio

You’re a local disc jokey with a morning radio program. On your show you often take phone calls from commuters to talk about music and celebrity gossip, but on this particular morning you pick up a caller who says he’s going jump off...Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Margo Kelly

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Margo Kelly, author of UNLOCKED) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well asShow More Summary

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time for another November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Over the years, many poets have contacted me to let me know of the successes they’ve found in publishing individual poems and collections that started with the poetry challenges on the Poetic Asides blog. Show More Summary

Why EVERY Writer Is a “Writer for Hire”

I’m in the midst of potty-training my toddler, so when I awoke this morning, in the dark dawn before my alarm, to the sound of her screaming “POO!”—well, needless to say I jumped out of bed a smidge faster than I usually do. “POO!” she...Show More Summary

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