Writer's Digest February 2018 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest February 2018 Digital Edition

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Writer’s Digest, February 2018, Volume 98, No. 2

The “Love Issue” embraces the more romantic aspects of story weaving—both on and off the page. February is a time in which passions peak. From the desire that drives us to put pen to paper, to the alluring ways authors bewitch readers, love is the essential ingredient in telling tales—of any genre—that truly appeal to the heart.

FEATURES: The Love Issue!

You’re Just Too Good to Be True In crafting fiction across genres, a perfect love interest is a tempting trap—and a trope. Here’s how to make the object of your character’s affection lovable, flaws and all. by Mindy McGinnis

Whisper Sweet Somethings In the hands of a savvy writer, subtle sounds and silences can speak far louder than any shout. Use these delicate techniques to draw your readers in, one murmur at a time. by Jane K. Cleland

”I Just Didn’t Fall in Love” For every match made in publishing heaven, there’s no shortage of heartbreak along the way. Here’s how to call upon love when it counts—and leave it out of the equation when things don’t end up the way we’d like. by David Corbett

More Than Words No matter the genre, developing realistic relationships between characters takes time and a deft touch. Here are 10 tricks to build authentic romances without saying “love.”by Jeff Somers

Kindling the Muse Plots and characters will come and go, but for successful writers, passion for the process burns on. Use these 6 questions to transform your creative method from craft into art.by Bob Mayer

The Art of Seduction Riveting stories create suspense through an author’s loving flirtations—hints and titillations designed to captivate. Here’s how to wrap readers around your finger. By Grant Faulkner

OTHER FEATURES

The WD Interview: Kristin Hannah Where great stories lead, the best writers follow— unbound by genre, time, place or convention. by Jessica Strawser

WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Conveying Emotion

Evoking Surface & Subset Emotions by Jordan Rosenfeld

Treat the World as Your Classroom by Cheryl St. John

Scaling Emotional Impact by Donald Maass

INKWELL

Constructive Criticism One writer’s 2-star review is another’s opportunity for enlightenment. Here’s how to glean tips from the trolls to sharpen your story. by Mark Boss

PLUS:

  • 5-Minute Memoir: Smoke Signals
  • Poetic Asides: Curtal Sonnet
  • Picture This
  • Literary Megaphone
  • On the (Loving) Record
  • Worth a Thousand Words

COLUMNS:

MEET THE AGENT: Kimberly Brower, Brower Literary & Management. by Kara Gebhart Uhl

BREAKING IN: Debut author spotlight. by Baihley Grandison

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: Behind the Literary-Agenting Curtain by Barbara Poelle

YOUR STORY Contest #84, First Things First

STANDOUT MARKETS:Belt Magazine, Missouri Review, Mother Jones, Avon Impulse. by Tyler Moss & Baihley Grandison

CONFERENCE SCENE: San Miguel Writers’ Conference; Winter Writers’ Weekend; The Write Stuff Writers Conference by Don Vaughan

POTPOURRI FOR THE PEN