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Writer's Digest

May/June 2019

Writer's Digest magazine is a comprehensive source of writing instruction for writers. Each issue provides advice and insider tips on writing and selling fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts.

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(PHOTO 3 © GETTY IMAGES: DJANGO) 1 App Happy Are you happier viewing one of our 101 Best Websites (Page 24) on your tablet or phone than on a laptop? Check out our favorite apps for writers. (PHOTO 1 © GETTY IMAGES: WESTEND61) 2 Reading for Meaning Award-winning fantasy writer N. K. Jemisin, this issue’s WD interview (Page 46), talks about sensitivity readers, author interpretation and more in an extended Q&A. (PHOTO 2 © GETTY IMAGES: MALORNY) 3 Group Insight Breaking In (Page 22) author Joanne Ramos shares secrets on how to find and make the most of your writing community. To find all of the above online companions to this issue in one handy spot, visit writersdigest.com/jun-19 . …

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(BLOG ILLUSTRATION © FOTOLIA.COM: BLOSSOMSTAR) IMAGINATION UNCHAINED Bird Box author and multidisciplinary creative Josh Malerman shares insights into his writing process, what it’s like having a story adapted for the screen, his unique theatrical book readings and more. HOW TO SET WILDLY AMBITIOUS WRITING GOALS—AND ACCOMPLISH ALL OF THEM P.S. Hoffman outlines the secrets to successfully accomplishing your biggest, hairiest writing goals—including setting them and creating a sustainable routine that will enable to you to realistically attain them. FROM YA TO YEAH: 4 WAYS TO KEEP TEEN & YOUNG ADULT READERS HOOKED Many YA authors are adults, which means the generation gap between these writers and their intended audience can make it easy to miss the mark. Teen writer (and avid reader) Lorena Koppel lays out…

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Welcome to The Web Issue! Most of us have a love/hate relationship with the internet. It’s a fantastic place to fritter away hours of good writing time obsessing over the latest celebrity breakup, taking quizzes to figure out what kind of breakfast food best represents us and arguing with strangers from across the world on Twitter.It’s a place where we can be wildly misunderstood, but also a place where we can find common ground. It can be the place where we find connections with others of our sort that we otherwise might not—fellow parents, science fiction fans, knitters, cat people, oh and, writers.For what—to me, at least—is a startling number of years (21!), Writer’s Digest has been compiling the Best Websites for Writers feature. In this year’s edition (Page…

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ROB EAGAR (“Operation Amazon,” Page 38) is a marketing consultant who has coached more than 600 authors and helped books hit the New York Times bestseller list in three different categories. He is the creator of The Author’s Guide book series and instructor of the Writer’s Digest University online course Mastering Amazon for Authors. Learn more about Rob at robeagar.com JULIE DUFFY (“Pillar of the Community,” Page 42) is founder of StoryADay (storyaday.org), an online community and creativity challenge where she has been writing about creativity, productivity and short fiction since 2010. Her first experience of a writer’s group was the ironically named online Local Writers’ Workshop, back in 1996. After starting a family, she realized how important it was to maintain connections with other writers…

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back in the day

Over the last century, an eclectic array of magazines rose up to dramatically alter the publishing landscape. Some were new in concept, such as comic books, a truly American art form birthed in the mid-1930s to immediate success. Others were new in approach, such as Esquire in the 1960s, empowered and eager to take on the establishment as never before.Writers today can learn much from publications of the past—magazines that defined exciting new trends in journalism, embraced innovative writing styles and gave voice to some of the 20 century’s most influential writers. 1. THE PULPS (1890s–1950s) Made from the cheapest paper available, pulp magazines were among the bestselling fiction publications of their day, with the most popular titles selling hundreds of thousands of copies per month at their…

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time to finish

“I was not given time to finish!” the Russian writer Isaac Babel was said to have shouted as he was whisked away to prison by Stalin’s secret police in 1939. Babel was executed at age 45, leaving behind short stories, plays and novellas that would fill a thousand pages.Eighty years later, you are sitting at your desk in Seattle, writing your first novel. You are 58, thirteen years older than Babel when he died. What do you have to show for it? The answer is laughable: a few essays, short memoir pieces, a knock-kneed novel stumbling out of the gate.Then you wonder, How many are given time to finish?Consider now your 83-year-old uncle, who passed away from liver cancer. He managed to say goodbye to all five children and…