Writer's Digest July/August 2019 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest July/August 2019 Digital Edition

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In the July/August 2019 Writer’s Digest, themed “Villains,” we’ll help writers write better villains. From villains in memoir, thrillers, film, and everything in between, this issue’s articles include:

  • Sympathetic Magic: The key to a great story is a villain that readers can relate to. Thriller author Sam Boush gathered tips from international bestsellers Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter, Andy Weir, David Baldacci, Lois Lowry, Caroline Kepnes and Emily St. John Mandel on how to enchant readers with the sinister. By Sam Boush
  • Packing the Punch: A poorly written fight scene can take any reader out of an otherwise great story. An author trained in the martial arts gives her guide to designing brawls that readers will remember. By Carla Hoch
  • Your Own Worst Enemy: There are no villains in memoir—unless you count yourself. Understand the ways in which you act as a character so you can tell your story as its writer. By William Kenower
  • I’m Not the Bad Guy: Editors are often thought of as the writer’s adversary in getting their work published. To help clear the fog surrounding the editorial process, a WD Editor provides insight into the reasons your pitches might be rejected, and why your words are edited before publication. By Tyler Moss
  • The Horrors of Being a Ghost: Gotham Ghostwriters’ CEO reveals how ghostwriters can spot nightmare clients and take steps to avoid them when seeking work. By Dan Gerstein

In addition, readers will be treated to a WD Interview with bestselling author Susan Orlean, as well as a special Writer’s Workbook on characterization, and an interview with poet Ross Gay. This issue also contains all the regular columns and departments readers know and love like Take 2 on screenwriting, IndieLab for self-published authors, Conference Scene, Meet the Agent, and more.