10 Takeaways from the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

10 Takeaways from the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

As a lifelong allergy sufferer who needs regular allergy shots, I can’t help but say that attending the recently held Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a shot in the arm for me—as important (and more fun!) as my immunotherapy.  Let me share the top 10 things I learned from the event.

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14 Lessons for Writers from 3 Classic Foreign Films

14 Lessons for Writers from 3 Classic Foreign Films

Film is a universal art form. Those of us who write novels can learn a lot from the storytelling techniques of filmmakers, especially masters like Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, and François Truffaut. Their films defied Hollywood norms and yet found a global audience.

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Beware the “Submission Itch” and Other Common Mistakes Writers Make

Beware the “Submission Itch” and Other Common Mistakes Writers Make

“You are what you submit,” says a former managing editor of a literary magazine. It behooves you to submit only your best work, and yet, the submission itch—the mad rush to release one’s work to the world—is a common malady.  Before you submit, make sure you’re not making these three common mistakes.

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3 Writing Lessons from “Catch-22” and “Slaughterhouse-Five”

3 Writing Lessons from “Catch-22” and “Slaughterhouse-Five”

I’ve been meaning to read Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” for their popularity and critical acclaim.  I finally read both recently—at the same time. To be honest, they are not my favorite books, but they taught me three important lessons in writing.

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