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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.

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

From in-person interviews to scouring the web for credible sources, journalist Alison Hill shares tips on how to research topics like a journalist.

Can I Have Your Attention?

Can I Have Your Attention?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an announcement is about to change the course of history.

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Emmy nominated comedy writer Glenn Boozan discusses how a funny piece of perspective turned into her new humor book, There Are Moms Way Worse Than You.

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Adapting True Crime and True Stories for Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers and showrunners Robert Siegel and D.V. DeVincentis (“Pam & Tommy”), Patrick Macmanus and Liz Hannah (“The Girl from Plainville”) who both have taken creative liberties in adapting true stories for a limited series.

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Author Chanel Cleeton discusses how reader curiosity led her to write her new historical fiction novel, Our Last Days in Barcelona.

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The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James

Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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WD Presents: New Podcast Episode, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.

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The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell

The New York Times-bestselling British author discusses creating thrilling plot twists and developing characters in her 19th novel, The Night She Disappeared, in this interview from the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.