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

The 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.

The 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:

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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

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.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 588

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a last poem.

The Differences in Writing a Memoir vs. a Novel

The Differences in Writing a Memoir vs. a Novel

Where fiction writing is about concealing emotional truth for interpretation, memoir is about exposing it for what it is. Writer Jenna Blum discusses the differences she experienced in writing a memoir vs. a novel.

17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

When choosing your publishing journey, it's important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks in order to make the right decision for you and your work. Author Rick Lauber lays out 17 pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

Spooky Season

Scary Season

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write something that has to do with the scary season!

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Christopher Parker: On Learning to Let Go in the Publishing Process

Author Christopher Parker discusses how he celebrated small victories in writing his debut novel, The Lighthouse.

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Writer's Digest November/December 2021 Cover Reveal

Revealing the November/December 2021 issue of Writer's Digest: Magical Writing. Featuring advice from R.F. Kuang, Alix E. Harrow, Maggie Stiefvater, Tobias Buckell, Ran Walker, and many more.

The Lane Report: Market Spotlight

The Lane Report: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at The Lane Report, the business publication of Kentucky.

Exercise vs. Exorcise (Grammar Rules)

Exercise vs. Exorcise (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between exercise and exorcise with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Your Story #115

Your Story #115

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.