Writer's Digest July/August 2024 Digital Edition

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Inspired by Nature

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for writers, and here we mean nature in the broadest sense. From what we typically think of as nature (e.g. flowers and trees, animals and weather systems, etc.) to the nature of human nature, the July/August 2024 issue of Writer’s Digest aims to explore how writers can use nature as an influence on their work.

Articles Include: 

+ A Funny Thing Happened When I Fell From the Sky: How to use magical realism and surrealism in your writing by considering the unnatural. By Ran Walker

+ The Ecology of Family: Build and leverage a family ecosystem to develop and deepen your fiction. By Elizabeth Sims

+ Choosing Violence: The secret to writing animal characters depends on your observations of animal behavior and what your goals are. Jeff Somers explains how to do it. By Jeff Somers

+ The Art of People Watching: People watching is one of the best ways to understand how and why humans behave the way they do. This article explains a five-step process to use those observations to put people on the page. By Michael La Ronn

+ Acting Against Their Nature: Four ways to create effective uncharacteristic behavior in your characters. By Tiffany Yates Martin

+ When and How to Write Climate Fiction: Professor and novelist Bruce Holsinger (The Gifted School) shares what he learned from writing his climate fiction novel, The Displacements. By Bruce Holsinger

+ 2023 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards Winner: Senior WD Editor Robert Lee Brewer interview the winner of the WD Poetry Awards and shares the winning poem. By Robert Lee Brewer

+ The WD Interview: Steven Rowley: The New York Times bestselling author discusses reconnecting with old characters, balancing humor and heart, and his new release, The Guncle Abroad. By Michael Woodson

Additionally, Simon Van Booy tells of the mouse that inspired his newest novel, Sipsworth; Sarah Chauncey writes about how nature can help memoirists access more memories; and Whitney Hill shares how writers can engage with nature to write stronger settings. Plus, all of your favorite columns including Writers on Writing, Agent Alcove, Meet the Agent, Breaking In, Publishing Insights, and much more.

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