Writer's Digest November/December 2022 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest November/December 2022 Digital Edition

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Writing “The End” on the final page of your story, memoir, or novel is something to celebrate. But how can you get there successfully and what happens next? This issue aims to answer all of those questions and more. Features include:

+ The WD Interview: Ian McEwan: The award-winning, bestselling author of Amsterdam, Atonement, and Saturday, spoke with WD about his newest novel, Lessons; the indefinable relationship between readers, narrators, and author; and what writers gain by writing short stories. By Amy Jones

+ How to Write a Dynamite Last Chapter: When it comes to the end of a novel, how can you write a last chapter that sticks with readers long after they finish reading? Elizabeth Sims analyzes the final chapter of 5 standout novels and identifies how you can make their approaches work for you. By Elizabeth Sims

+ Short Story Endings That Work: Short story endings need to pack a punch to make the short story memorable. This article offers 6 tricks to writing unforgettable short story endings. By Peter Mountford

+ Writing Memoir Endings: Writing memoir endings can be tricky because the author’s life and experiences are ongoing. So how do you choose the best way to end a memoir and make it resonate with readers? Editor and memoirist Allison K Williams breaks down common problems and offers 5 tactics for writing the end. By Allison K Williams 

+ 5 Ways to Title (or Retitle) Your Book: After you’ve finished drafting, it’s time to finalize the title because sometimes, your working title doesn’t, in fact, work anymore. WD Editor-at-Large Jessica Strawser shares 5 ways to title your book, along with numerous real-world, published examples. By Jessica Strawser

+ Things I Wish I’d Known at the Start of My Career: Writing the book is only one part of a successful writing career. So how do you make that career happen? Veteran novelist and award-winning author Jane K. Cleland explains four things about the publishing industry you need to know as you get started. By Jane K. Cleland

+ The 91st Annual WD Writing Competition Winner: In which we announce the winner of our longest-running writing competition, including a feature with the winner. By Moriah Richard

+ Writers on Writing with romance novelist Sonali Dev

Also included: Articles about what should go in the back matter of your book, unconventional tips for “winning” NaNoWriMo, how to know when it’s time to end a freelance relationship, and much more. Along with your favorite columns: Building Better Worlds, Poetic Asides, Funny You Should Ask, Publishing Insights, Level Up Your Writing (Life), All About the Pitch, For All Ages, Conference Scene, and Breaking In.