Writer's Digest November/December 2018 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest November/December 2018 Digital Edition

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Writer's Digest, November/December 2018, Volume 98, No. 8

“The Throwback Issue" captures the prevalent nostalgia of the season by looking into the past, learning from the classics and reviewing writing advice that has endured the passage of time. Articles include:


The Pen Is Mightier (Than the Word Processor) 21st-century technology has undoubtedly made writing more convenient,but is it actually holding us back? One writer investigates. by Elizabeth Sims

Old Hat, New Suit Writing tips are a dime a dozen, and classic advice can seem clichéd. But with a little recasting, vintage wisdom like “keep the reader in mind" can indeed teach an old dog new tricks. by Steven James

Paperback Writer The advice to read widely is sound, but are you broadening your horizons enough? Forgotten works from decades past can offer essential writing lessons as capably as any new hardback. by Jeff Somers

Twice Upon a Time Originality is overrated. Tap into the richness of literary history by putting your own spin on the classic canon. by Susie Kearley

The Imitation Game More than just a form of flattery, emulation can be a useful tool for sharpening your own writing voice. Learn why, for once, there's no harm in being a copycat. by Karen Krumpak


The WD Interview: James Patterson After more than four decades in publishing, the record-breaking bestseller has this to say: You can go your own way. by Bobbi Dempsey

Story Weaver The winner of the 87th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition demonstrates the importance, in travel writing, of entwining hands-on research with a human touch. by Karen Krumpak

WRITER'S WORKBOOK: Writing For Kids & Teens

Framing Your Picture Book by Ann Whitford Paul

Structuring Middle-Grade and YA Fiction by Mary Kole


Director's Commentary In a crowded market, debut authors must find creative ways to connect with readers,leading one Hollywood veteran to provide the story behind her story. by Kellye Garrett


  • Poetic Asides:Cyrch a Chwta
  • #Poetry
  • 10-Minute Memoir: Reading Wilder While Black
  • Standout Markets
  • Q&A With Vox Author Christina Dalcher
  • Worth a Thousand Words


Meet the Agent Susanna Einstein, Einstein Literary Management. by Kara Gebhart Uhl

Breaking In Debut author spotlight. by Baihley Gentry

Funny You Should Ask What to Look for in an Agent; Why Exclusive Submissions Can Make Sense. by Barbara Poelle

Your Story First Things First: Contest #90

Take Two Introducing Characters by Jeanne Veillette Bowerman

Conference Scene Retreat to the Springs; Sanibel Island Writers Conference Plus: What to Ask Authors You AdmireDon Vaughan

Potpourri for the Pen

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