Writer's Digest July/August 2020 Digital Edition
The July/August 2020 issue of Writer’s Digest celebrates the impact that travel can have on one’s writing. Whether it’s using your travel as a writing retreat or as inspiration for a unique setting, the travels you’ve done in the past or hope to do in the future can be put to use in whatever kind of writing you do.
+ Tips From a Top Travel Essay Editor
During the editing of six volumes of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, editor Lavinia Spaulding has read nearly 4,000 travel essays. Here she offers her best tips for writing travel essays that will catch an editor’s attention and offer a transformative experience for readers. By Erin Van Rheenen
+ Creating a Writing Retreat for One
When you’re a freelance writer or have other work obligations, it can be hard to make time to focus on writing your passion project, be it a novel, or memoir, or something else entirely. Find time to refocus your attention on your work-in-progress by designing a solo writing retreat. Elizabeth Sims offers advice based on her own experiences, including cost-saving tips. By Elizabeth Sims
+ How Travel Inspires Writing
“Travel provides such fertile ground for fiction writers …” Author Simon Van Booy has used experiences from his travel to inspire parts of his novels and short stories. Here he details some of those encounters, offering advice for where to look for inspiration in your own travels. By Simon Van Booy
+ Setting: Everything Happens Somewhere
Every book, every story inherently offers readers the chance to travel somewhere—as nearby as a different part of their own town or as distant as another planet. In this article readers will find tips for creating believable, compelling settings of all kinds. By Barbara Youree
+ The WD Interview: Robert Dugoni
Frequent WD contributor and workshop instructor Larry Brooks interviews the bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave. They talk about Dugoni’s passion for continuing to teach writing workshops even as he’s at the height of his success, where he gets his story ideas, and much more. By Larry Brooks
The July/August issue features interviews with the winners of the WD Short Short Story Competition and the WD Poetry Competition winner. Plus readers will find an interview with humor essayist Samantha Irby, an article about breaking into travel writing by Tyler Moss, and more. As always, our regular columns like IndieLab, Meet the Agent, Breaking In, Funny You Should Ask, Take Two, Notes From the Margins, Publishing Insights, and Conference Scene offer writing advice on topics ranging from finding agents and publishers to indie publishing advice and screenwriting.