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Back from Alaska Round-Up (3 Tips)

I just returned from my 1-week
adventure in Alaska. It is certainly the most foreign place I've ever
been within the United States. You can check out photos here.

Here are 3 tips for your Alaska adventure:

  1. One glacier experience is probably enough to satiate your curiosity about glaciers.
  2. You haven't experienced Alaska unless you take advantage of the
    ubiquitous bush air services. Air is the most efficient form of
    transportation to and within the state; most towns do not have road or
    highway access, and that includes the state capital of Juneau.
  3. Weather is extremely changeable. Think Gore-Tex.

And here are 3 tips on exciting stuff at Writer's Digest that I wasn't able to mention last week since I was completely off the grid (e.g., inside a glacier moulin, as pictured above).

Instant Publishing how-to class (Sep 17)
In
one of my last conference workshops, I made the comment that with tools
today, you can instantly publish yourself. One writer piped up,
"Instant Publishing! I want a book on that topic!" In lieu of a book,
I'm teaching a class on Thursday, Sept. 17 that gives you a tour of
sites that provide instant publishing capabilities (free, very little
or no tech experience required). I'll discuss how and when to make your
content free, when to charge, and how to evaluate your success. The
class fee is $79, with an opportunity for live Q&A. Click here for
more info and a link to register.


8 Tips for Writers on Digital Change in Publishing (WD Conference)
Our
big NYC event on Sept 18-20 is only a couple weeks away. If you've been on the fence
about it, be sure to check out our very affordable 1-day registration options. You can get
an excellent preview of Mike Shatzkin's keynote, "What do you tell a writer about
digital change in publishing?" over at his blog. Even if you are not going to the event, don't miss his 8 tips.

New MFA Confidential blog
Just
launched this week! Check out our newest addition to the Writer's
Digest blog family by Kate Monahan, a 2nd year MFA student at The New
School University in downtown New York City. One of her first posts is about 6 lessons learned during her first year.

More wonderful stuff still to come this week, including a guest post tomorrow by Darrelyn Saloom.

Below: A view of the Hubbard Glacier.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ignoring Your Characters’ Desires

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ignoring Your Characters’ Desires

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is ignoring your characters’ desires.

Listening to Ghosts: 7 Metaphysical Experiments for Writing Support

Listening to Ghosts: 7 Metaphysical Experiments for Writing Support

Author Coco Picard shares 7 different out-of-body writing experiments to help you through the writing process.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Dance Time

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Dance Time

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters dance.

Convention-al Wisdom: Why I Love Attending Cons as a Writer

Convention-al Wisdom: Why I Love Attending Cons as a Writer

Russell James shares how convention act as more than networking events for writers, but as an opportunity to be face-to-face with your readers, to make new friends, and more.

Alicia Thompson: On Writing Romance in Isolating Times

Alicia Thompson: On Writing Romance in Isolating Times

Writer Alicia Thompson discusses what she learned about herself in writing her new romance novel, Love in the Time of Serial Killers.

Examples of Hooks for Books

60 Examples of Hooks for Books

This post collects 60 examples of hooks for books. Also called elevator pitches, these book hooks show real-life examples in a variety of writing genres for fiction and nonfiction books.

How To Turn Artifacts and Research Into a Family Memoir

How To Turn Artifacts and Research Into a Family Memoir

A century’s old family heirloom acted as a clue to the past for author Cornelia Maude Spelman. Here, she shares how to turn artifacts and research into a family memoir.

Miriam Parker: On Writing the Book You Want To Read

Miriam Parker: On Writing the Book You Want To Read

Author and publisher Miriam Parker discusses her surprise at writing her new novel, Room and Board.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 622

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 story poem.