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Taking a Look: Writer's Digest Online
10/14/2007 9:18:38 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

Thought I'd take a minute to talk about a great online resource for writers - Writer's Digest Online. I have a subscription to the magazine and I always find something useful in there. There are lots of great tips. One thing I think they kind of push is books on writing. Not that I mind. I don't have the time or money to take any actual formal writing classes, but reading a book about the craft is something I can do. I want to improve as a writer, and I find writer's digest offers a lot for those serious about wanting to improve. One book on my list to by is called "HOOK" and it's about hooking a reader in the first few chapters. Currently I own "The First Five Chapters,' and "Self Editing for the Fiction Writer." Two great books which offer good tips. I also have "Characters, Emotions & Viewpoint," and "Plot and Structure." If you're interested in any of these books, let me know and I'll put up a blog on them.

Writer's Digest has a great forum section. They have a general place for Tips, Advice, Introductions, Books that youv'e read, and more. Then they have a section where you can put up a story and it will be critiqued by the readership. They also sponsor a monthly flash fiction writing contest with a prompt. That's a tough contest but it will help you hone your writing.

Here's a link to the forums:

Here's a link to the main page:

Writer's Digest also sponsors several contests throughout the year. They are: the Annual Writing Contest, The Genre Fiction, and the Short Short Contest. The Genre Fiction is due in November so get your entries in! The Short Short contest deadline is also coming up. Yes, there are fees for their contests, the fees are minimal and winning or even an Honorable Mention is a writing credit you can use in your writing resume.

Maria Schiender blogs for Writer's Digest. It's a great way to keep up with things that are going on in the writing community. The recent focus has been on blogs itself though. You can find a gem or two there.

What I like about Writer's Digest is the contests. For me, contest writing is a great way to hone my writing skills. Word limits and deadlines are a reality. Research for contests in important. If you're used to writing entries for contests, writing for the Writer's Digest contests aren't much different. If you get a chance, check out Writer's Digest and let me know what you think.


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More Blogs by S G Cardin
• Writing and Current Publishing Trends - Saturday, May 03, 2008
• Catching up - Thursday, April 10, 2008
• Agent Blogs & misc... - Friday, February 29, 2008
• Review for Destination:Berlin - Friday, February 08, 2008
• I Voted! - Wednesday, February 06, 2008
• Review sites for Indie authors - Thursday, November 29, 2007
• Life & Writing - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
• I'm so far behind...catching up - Saturday, November 17, 2007
• Internet Book Signing! - Monday, October 29, 2007
• Honorable Mention Winner 76th Writer's Digest Competition! - Friday, October 26, 2007
• Misc Stuff, Red Sox, fires & books - Monday, October 22, 2007
• Taking a Look at: The Rejector - Thursday, October 18, 2007
• Foreword/CLARION review for Destination:Berlin - Tuesday, October 16, 2007
•  Taking a Look: Writer's Digest Online - Sunday, October 14, 2007  
• Live interview for "The Wolf's Torment" w/Reader's Views - Saturday, October 13, 2007
• Official October 07 writing/poetry contest - Thursday, October 04, 2007
• Visit Reader's Views for my interview on The Wolf's Torment - Tuesday, October 02, 2007
• A look at: Reader's Views - Monday, October 01, 2007
• More random thoughts on self publishing & other stuff - Wednesday, September 19, 2007
• Character look at: Theresa von Kracken - Friday, September 14, 2007
• 9/11 - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
• Review for THE WOLF'S TORMENT from Reader Views - Friday, September 07, 2007
• National Be Kind to Writers & Editors month & a character profile - Tuesday, September 04, 2007
• Labor Day & work - Monday, September 03, 2007
• Princess Diana & A character look - Saturday, September 01, 2007
• Character look at: Mihai Sigmaringen - Monday, August 27, 2007
• Internet Marketing Tips & Interesting Characters - Sunday, August 26, 2007
• I just finished reading ''The Diana Chronicles'' - Saturday, August 25, 2007
• Destination: Berlin is avaliable through IUniverse! - Friday, August 24, 2007
• Romance Genre Writing Rules - Wednesday, August 08, 2007
• My recent experiences in novel writing - Monday, July 30, 2007
• Short Story Writing - Friday, July 27, 2007
• Harry Potter #7 Misc. Musings - Wednesday, July 25, 2007
• Thoughts on: Harry Potter, MWSA, and Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love" - Friday, July 20, 2007
• Overview of Traditional Publishing - Friday, July 13, 2007
• Noticing Things as a Reader - Thursday, July 12, 2007
• Self publishing with Lulu - Monday, July 09, 2007
• Feeding the Muse and doing the Housework - Saturday, July 07, 2007
• Pros and cons of Self-publishing - Monday, July 02, 2007
• An agent's thoughts on Self-publishing - Saturday, June 30, 2007
• It's been a long time... - Sunday, August 27, 2006
• Busy, Busy, Busy - Wednesday, September 07, 2005
• Just wanted to say "Thank you..." - Sunday, July 31, 2005

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