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Brighter Days Ahead
Writer’s Digest • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 VOLUME 100 | NO. 6
The Story of a Book: Writing Without Rules • Jeff Somers gives a candid look at his partnership with his agent Janet Reid and shares how she inspired his book Writing Without Rules.
Framing Life • Finding the shape to tell true stories can be the hardest part of writing nonfiction. A look at the various strategies used by contemporary authors reveals tips for structuring book-length memoirs.
Poetic asides • No matter what you write, a bit of poetic license can be a valuable asset to any writer’s arsenal.
WRITING IN THE DARK
100 Years of Writer’s Digest • In celebration of our 100th anniversary, WD is selecting the best past articles to showcase again.
INDIELAB • New rules. New strategies. New paths to success.
Ian Bonaparte JANKLOW & NESBIT
BREAKING IN • Debut authors: How they did it, what they learned, and why you can do it, too.
The NEXT STEP • Not sure where to send your query letters? Our annual agent roundup features 20 literary agents open to submissions.
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A DIFFERENT KIND of STORY • In 1971, Writer’s Digest asked “What is the writer’s social responsibility?” Nearly 50 years later, during a global pandemic, a presidential election, and racial justice protests, novelist and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Connie Schultz offers an answer for today’s writers.
The FUTURE IS YOURS to CREATE • Where do you want your writing career to take you? Follow these guided prompts to identify the goals you want to accomplish and how to get there.
The FUTURE of CRIME (FICTION) • Technological advances change both how crimes occur and how law enforcement catches criminals. Some of today’s most innovative crime fiction authors discuss how future technology might affect the genre.
FEMALE, POWERFUL, and REAL • A teen author shares how to write authentic female characters that middle-grade and young-adult readers can actually connect to.
GENRE FLUIDITY • Letting go of genre labels and writing your manuscript in a different style can lead to successful book sales. A bestseller who transformed her works-in-progress from one genre to another tells how.
Beverly JENKINS • The bestselling romance novelist talks about the value of libraries, the changes in the romance publishing industry over decades, and the deep relationship she’s built with her fans.
SCENE-TEST YOUR STORY
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK • A literary agent’s mostly serious answers to your mostly serious questions.
First Things First • THE CHALLENGE: Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below.
WORKING WITH AN AGENT THROUGH THICK AND THIN • EXERCISES AND TIPS FOR HONING SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF YOUR WRITING
TAKE TWO • Lessons from the world of screenwriting to inform, inspire, and incite action!
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