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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Tips on Polishing Your Novel from Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands”

Tips on Polishing Your Novel from Paula Munier’s “Writing with Quiet Hands”

After you’ve revised your manuscript for the nth time, the final stretch of polishing can be daunting. You’ve maxed out your writing group’s goodwill and your own editing fatigue has set in. When you reach this point, Paula Munier’s tips on “principled polishing” will help a lot.

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