Writer's Digest May/June 2024 Digital Edition

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Conflict and emotion are at the heart of every story, fiction or nonfiction. In this issue, we cover topics ranging from how to present conflict and emotion differently based on age range or genre to how hot-button issues in the publishing industry affect writers (and how they can avoid those conflicts).

Features include:

+ The WD Interview: Alyssa Cole: The award-winning author of When No One Is Watching takes a deep dive on the role of conflict in stories and creating the complex characters in her newest thriller, One of Us Knows. By Jera Brown

+ 26th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers: Featuring a combination of perennial favorites and brand-new selections, the 26th annual list showcases a wide range of websites for writers of all kinds. By Amy Jones, Moriah Richard, and Michael Woodson

+ Escalate Conflict to Keep Readers Turning Pages: Author and writing instructor Jane Cleland shows how to draw readers in through physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual conflict. By Jane K. Cleland

+ Understanding Kung Fu & Musical Story Structure for Better Emotional Development: Build emotion and conflict for your characters and readers by taking a note from the structure and pacing of two popular storytelling forms. By Rob Hart

+ Writing Big Feelings (Minus the Maudlin): Six tips for writing the hardest emotions without falling victim to clichés and crying. By Peter Mountford

+ The 2023 WD Self-Published E-Book Award Winners: WD celebrates the winners of the 11th Annual WD Self-Published E-Book Awards with an interview with the grand-prize winner, Bea Northwick. By Amy Jones

+ The 2023 WD Personal Essay Award Winners: WD announces the winners of the 4th Annual WD Personal Essay Awards by featuring an interview with the winner, Katie Love. By Moriah Richard

+ Preventing Conflict in Author/Editor Relationships: Setting expectations early in the author-editor relationship can prevent conflict and help manage emotions when the edits come in. By Karen Krumpak

Plus articles on understanding literary agency agreements, what to do when AI-related concerns get the best of you, how to write about conflict in personal narratives, and writing a memoir in the form of poetry. And of course, all of your favorite columns like, IndieLab, Writers on Writing, On Nonfiction, Breaking In, Meet the Agent, and many more!

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