Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Info Dumping
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by Moriah Richard
3h ago
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is the dreaded info dumping. Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that's OK because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them early in the process. Note: The mistakes in this series aren't focused on grammar rules, though we offer help in that area as well. (Grammar r ..read more
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Jennifer Greene: On Supporting Women Through Fiction
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by Robert Lee Brewer
5h ago
Bestselling author Jennifer Greene discusses the accident that led to a break from writing and the isolation that led to her return with her new novel, Hideaway at Silver Lake. Jennifer Greene is the bestselling author of over 85 books, the winner of multiple awards, and an ardent reader herself. She’s written romances, romantic suspense, single titles, novellas, and numerous nonfiction articles. In her books, she’s known for her unforgettable characters, sneaky humor, and the vital women’s issues she loves to explore with her readers. Jennifer lives in orchard country, near Lake Michigan. She ..read more
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2023 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 3
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by Moriah Richard
13h ago
Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by Managing Editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to employ as many senses as you can. One of the easiest ways to draw a reader into a story is to make them feel the setting—whether by taste, touch, or smell, activating those parts of the reader's brain can help them to visualize your world more vividly. In this article from 2020, author Jonelle Patrick shares her expertise on how to create settings that will bring your reade ..read more
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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Done This Before
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by Robert Lee Brewer
20h ago
Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, a character lets people know they've done this before. Plot twist story prompts aren't meant for the beginning or the end of stories. Rather, they're for forcing big and small turns in the anticipated trajectory of a story. This is to make it more interesting for the readers and writers alike. Each week, I'll provide a new prompt to help twist your story. Find last week's prompt, Bad Place, here. Plot Twist Story Prompts: Done This Before For today's prompt, a character lets people know they've done t ..read more
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You Own It All: Writing the Memoir
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by Candi Milo
1d ago
Award-winning actor, singer, and comedian Candi Milo reminds us that we are the owners of our stories and shares her experiences writing her memoir. The amount of self-imposed drama I went through when I turned my childhood memories of my family’s business (running and living in one of the very first licensed halfway houses for the mentally ill and emotionally disabled in 1969 called Milo Arms) into a book was almost pitiable if I wasn’t beating my head on my desk wondering where I went wrong in my interpretation of the Milo family gospel of How We Talk About Those Things. That is until I real ..read more
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Sarah Blake: On the Literary World of Isolation
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by Robert Lee Brewer
1d ago
Award-winning author Sarah Blake discusses how her real-word experience inspired her new literary novel, Clean Air. Sarah Blake’s novel Naamah won the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction. Blake is also the author of the poetry collections Mr. West and Let’s Not Live on Earth. In 2013, she was awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently lives in the U.K. Find her on Twitter and Instagram. Sarah Blake Photo by Maximilano Schell In this post, Sarah discusses how her real-word experience inspired her new literary novel, Clean Air, her hope for r ..read more
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2023 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 2
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by Moriah Richard
2d ago
Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by Managing Editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write about a lazy weekend morning. You might notice that my stories this month are shorter than the ones I've posted in the last few years! I'm learning from Ran Walker , an amazing flash fiction author, who spoke on our podcast last year about his novel written in 100-word stories. So, I'm challenging myself to write drabbles (stories of 100 words) and even some dribbles (stori ..read more
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The Basics of Jumping Into Freelance Writing
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by C. Hope Clark
2d ago
Freelance writer and award-winning author C. Hope Clark shares a comprehensive list of the basics of jumping into freelance writing, from finding gigs to managing expenses and more. Working for ourselves is more possible today than ever before. Thanks to the pandemic, the world was force-fed the idea of working from home and the feasibility of hiring contractors instead of staffing up a brick-and-mortar office. Now it’s an accepted norm, but even so, the idea of freelancing as a solid, relied-upon income, still holds a degree of trepidation to many. (4 Key Places for Writers to Find Those Firs ..read more
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Broadstone Books: Market Spotlight
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by Robert Lee Brewer
2d ago
For this market spotlight, we look at Broadstone Books, an independent publisher that specializes in poetry. Based in Frankfort, Kentucky, Broadstone Books is an independent book publisher that specializes in poetry. Founded in 2002, this publisher also publishes other genres of writing as well. (List of Poetic Forms for Poets.) The editors say, "We consider Broadstone Books to be not simply a press, but a community of authors and readers who support one another’s work, and we are protective of that community." What They're Looking For Broadstone Books specializes in poetry, but they do consid ..read more
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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 641
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by Robert Lee Brewer
2d ago
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 hurry poem. Before we get started today, I just wanted to note that (like today), I'll be posting these Wednesday Poetry Prompts a little later in the day than normal to give a little space for Moriah Richard's February Flash Fiction Challenge this month, which begins today (and is super fun!). We'll get back to earlier posts in March and beyond.  For this week's prompt, write a hurry poem. The poem could about the need for someone else to hurry or how ..read more
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