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Finding Time to Write: 10 Fiction Writing Techniques & Creative Writing Exercises

Categories: Editor's Picks Tags: fiction, personal writing.

time to write | creative writing exercisesThe newest issue of Writer’s Digest is out! In the September 2012 issue, the WD editors confront one of the most discussed topics among writers: Finding time to write. But that’s not all! Inside this issue you’ll find ways to be more productive, creative writing exercises, revision tips, and an exclusive interview with author Chris Cleave (who also graces this issue’s cover). Here’s a look of what’s inside:

Strategies For More Productive Writing

If you are trying to juggle work and family with writing time, read “7 Steps to Successful Juggling” by Pamela Redmond Satran. Among her list of strategies, is never doing laundry (during your writing time, of course), setting goals by scenes or passages, and thinking of the bigger picture – where you want to end up.

Plus, make every (writing) minute count with these articles on:

  • 10 Fast Hacks For Fiction Writers
  • A Guide to Writing Residencies
  • 10 Creative Writing Exercises
  • Getting Published: From Blog to Book

An Interview With Author Chris Cleave

In this issue you’ll read an interview with Chris Cleave who discusses his literary debut that nearly ended his writing career, his newest book, Gold, about two rival Olympic cyclists, the importance of timing as a fiction author, and what he’s learned about the publishing business. Plus, he discusses why his books Little Bee and Gold incorporate the perspective of child characters, saying, “If you break my novels down, they do two things: They put people in extreme situations, and then they ask those people what their answers are going to be to big ethical questions.”

Revising & Editing:

  • 7 Steps To A Foolproof Revision
  • Customize Your Self-Editing Approach
  • 50 Grammatical Mistakes To Avoid

More Articles on Pinterest, Digital Media & Overcoming Rejection

You’ll find additional articles inside this issue on the reasons why your work is getting rejected, and a writer’s experience interviewing Andy Rooney. Plus, Margaret Atwood writes about falling in love with digital media, and there’s an article on the popular craze of Pinterest and how writers can use it for writing inspiration and more!

Buy the September 2012 issue today!


Looking for more articles on writing? Check out our in-depth articles on how to write a novel, publish a book, and write a query letter. Plus, don’t forget to check out previous editor’s pick posts.

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One Response to Finding Time to Write: 10 Fiction Writing Techniques & Creative Writing Exercises

  1. kittiecorner says:

    I should have access to the interview with Chris Cleave without having to pay for it. This is very annoying.I’m on a fixed income and cannot afford $3.00 to read an interview!` I do subscribe to WD but missed that issue.

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