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.
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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

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.

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

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Bridget Foley: On Writing Psychologically Potent Metaphors

Bridget Foley: On Writing Psychologically Potent Metaphors

Novelist Bridget Foley explains the seed that grew into her latest book Just Get Home and how she stayed hopeful in the face of rejection.

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2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a six words poem.

What Is a Pantser in Writing?

What Is a Pantser in Writing?

The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one division is between pantser and plotter. Learn what a pantser means in writing and how they differ from plotters here.

Too Seen: The Intimacy of Copy Editing

Too Seen: The Intimacy of Copy Editing

Novelist A.E. Osworth discusses their experience working with a copyeditor for their novel We Are Watching Eliza Bright and how the experience made them feel Witnessed.

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WD Presents: From Our Readers Announcement, Upcoming Webinars, and more!

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2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a prime number poem.

Stephanie Dray: On Writing Women's Legacies

Stephanie Dray: On Writing Women's Legacies

Bestselling and award-winning author Stephanie Dray shares how she selects the historical figures that she features in her novels and how she came to see the whole of her character's legacies.

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Taking Note of the Structure of WandaVision and Breaking in Outside of Hollywood (From Script)

In this week’s round-up from ScriptMag.com, learn about the storytelling techniques used in the nine-part Disney+ series "WandaVision," outlining tips for writing a horror script, and breaking in outside of Hollywood as a writer and filmmaker.