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Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Debut novelist Kristin Beck shares what it was like to write her historical fiction novel Courage, My Love and why she was so thankful for a slow publishing process.Kristin Beck first learned about World War II from her grandmother, who served as a Canadian army nurse, fell in love with an American soldier in Belgium, and married him shortly after VE...

Whitney Hill: Self-Published E-Book Awards Winner

Whitney Hill, winner of the 8th Annual WD Self-Published E-Book Awards, talks fan fiction, creating her own stories, and why she chose to self-publish.Whitneyhillwrites.comAs a child, Hill was an avid reader, encouraged by her grandmother—who was always reading—and mother. She found herself entranced by the worlds of science fiction and fantasy, but...

8 Tips to Build Your Supportive Writing Network

Writing can be a solitary activity ... but it doesn't have to be. Let author Gale Massey give you some tips for building a supportive writing network.Writing is often a lonely activity and the support of a nurturing network can make the difference in how well and how long you persist. A writer needs connections at every level, from beginning writers...

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a "from where you're sitting" poem.After today's poem, we'll have made it through the first two weeks of April. Woot!(Click here to check out all the 2021 April prompts.)For today's prompt, write a poem inspired only by stimulus from where you're sitting...

Tension in Poetry: The Hidden Art of Line-Writing

Writer and editor Matthew Daddona explains how to easily create tension in your poems and how that adds weight to your message.In February 2021, I taught a Zoom workshop that focused on the art of poetry revision. Halfway through the hour-and-a-half workshop, I read aloud James Schuyler’s “Buried at Springs,” a tribute to his late friend Frank O’Hara,...

Birds of a Feather

Write a scene or story that includes a tickle or ruffle of feathers.Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on UnsplashWrite a scene or story that includes a tickle or ruffle of feathers. Are they feathers from a bird? A duster? A boa? Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below.

Natalie Lund: On Grief and Unanswered Questions in YA Fiction

YA author Natalie Lund shares how she handles the subject of death for a YA audience in her latest novel The Sky Above Us.Natalie Lund is the author of The Sky Above Us (April 13, 2021; Penguin Random House/Philomel Books) and We Speak In Storms (September 2019; Penguin Random House/Philomel Books), a 2020 ITW Thriller Award nominee and an Illinois...

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a Lucky and/or Unlucky poem.Let's try our luck on the second Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month.(Click here to check out all the 2021 April prompts.)For this Two-for-Tuesday prompt:Write a lucky poem and/or...Write an unlucky poem.Remember: These prompts...

What Is a Plotter in Writing?

The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one division is between plotter and pantser. Learn what a plotter means in writing and how they differ from pantsers here.The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one prominent division is between plotter and pantser. Last...

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

Learn the differences of waist vs. waste on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.Let's go ahead and look at the homophones of waist and waste. One is an essential human body part; the other is something not quite as valued.(Grammar rules for writers.)So let's look at the differences between...

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