L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Despite long-standing aspirations of writing a book, initial successes with short stories and essays, and a healthy career in publishing, Andrea Jarrell published her first book at age 55. But of course, she got through it. Here, she shares her experiences and offers principles for achieving your writing goals. Andrea Jarrell Given that I published …

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Should you write a memoir, or write a novel “based on a true story”? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth. by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most of his adult life, the only place he felt at …

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Adapting a true story requires research, honesty, and sometimes, a little bending of the truth. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares tips on writing a screenplay based on a true story and the importance of finding the balance between fact and fiction. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman In theory, adapting a true story should be simple. The writer documents …

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Alex Bloom, founder of the Script Reader Pro screenplay consultancy, explains how to bulletproof your story idea and logline using one simple template. Alex Bloom The number one reason why most story ideas, loglines (and consequently scripts) fail is simply because the stakes aren’t high enough. In other words, it’s not clear enough what the …

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Here are 75 grammar rules for writers to assist them with better writing skills. Each rule includes a quick breakdown and links to a post that goes into more detail with examples. This list will be updated with new rules as we add them to the site. Robert Lee Brewer via Writer’s Digest 75 Grammar …

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The Writer’s Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week’s writing mistake writers make is lacking conflict. Moriah Richard Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that’s okay because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. The Writer’s …

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How do you keep your readers reading? We have put together 10 cliffhangers you can use in your writing to get readers to turn the page. by Amanda Patterson via Writer’s Write Have you read a book you feel compelled to carry on reading? You know the kind of book I’m talking about – a gripping …

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Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing by breaking down the query letter and supplying links to example queries that worked. Robert Lee Brewer via Writer’s Digest Learn how to write successful queries for any genre of writing by breaking down the query letter and supplying links to example queries that …

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by Amanda Patterson If you want to write legal thrillers, don’t miss this post: John Grisham’s 8 Do’s and Don’ts For Popular Fiction. John Grisham is an American author who is best known for his legal thrillers. He was born 8 February 1955. Before writing full time, John Grisham practised criminal law and served in the …

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Moriah Richard Everyone makes mistakes—even writers—but that’s okay because each mistake is a great learning opportunity. The Writer’s Digest team has witnessed many mistakes over the years, so we’re starting this series to help identify them early in the process. Note: The mistakes in this series aren’t focused on grammar rules, though we offer help …

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