Writer's Digest July/August 2015 Download

Writer's Digest July/August 2015 Download

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Writer's Digest, July/August 2015, Volume 95, No. 5

FEATURES: The Creativity Issue

Make More Room for Writing Looking for more time and space for the words to flow in the midst of your busy life? Try these writer-approved approaches. by Amy Sue Nathan

Naked (On the Page) and Afraid Good writing requires courage--first to give voice to the truth at the heart of every story, and then to share it with a world of readers. Here's why embracing vulnerability could unlock important doors for you, your writing and your career. by Grant Faulkner

Creativity Under Pressure Worried you've written yourself into a corner? Here's how to write yourself out. by Steven James

Cultivating Creativity A lifetime of writing means a lifetime of finding ways to stay motivated to come to the keyboard--and to produce fresh, inspired work. Here are 8 secrets to staying creative for the long haul. by Deb Caletti

Creativity Deconstructed What really makes us creative? What can we do to invite inspiration, nurture ideas, enhance our brainpower and increase our productivity? We scoured our bookshelf of resources on the subject to compile these muse-beckoning tips, exercises and insights. compiled by Jessica Strawser

The WD Interview: Patrick Rothfuss Meet one author who is living proof that worlds should be built from passion--both on the page and off. by Rich Shivener

Laid Bare The winner of Writer's Digest's 15th Annual Short Short Story Competition mixed provocative characters and stark style to earn top honors. PLUS: The Winners List. by Cris Freese

WRITER'S WORKBOOK: Middle-Grade & Young Adult

Knew Your Young Audience: MG and YA Readers by Mary Kole

Writing Convincing Teen and Tween Characters by K.L. Going


Put Me In, Coach: Here's how to know if a writing coach or mentor might be a good investment for you. by Laura Amann


  • Winners of WD's 2014 Poetry Awards
  • Poetic Asides: Creative Poem Starters
  • 5-Minute Memoir
  • Rejection Traditions for the Committed Writer


MEET THE AGENT: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency by Kara Gebhart Uhl

BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight by Chuck Sambuchino

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: Real Names vs. Pseudonyms by Barbara Poelle

YOUR STORY: Raining Glass by Jun Park

STANDOUT MARKETS: Boys' Life; Milkweed Editions (for young readers); Denver Quarterly by Cris Freese

CONFERENCE SCENE: Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI; Antioch Writers; Southeastern Writers by Don Vaughan

REJECT A HIT: First Blood by David Morrell spoof-rejected by Leonard Apa

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