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Weekly Round-Up: Author Interviews and Caring Choices

Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we've created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week's posts all in one place.

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From Screen to Page and Back Again

If you've written a screenplay, November is the perfect time to start adapting it into a novel. Not sure how? Check out Screenplay to Novel: 5 Steps to Novelizing a Script.

Season 2 of Stranger Things was released last night! Here are 6 Lessons Writers Can Learn from Netflix's Stranger Things.

Be Prepared

Are you an aspiring children's author? Check out Children’s Literary Agents Roundup: How to Write for Young Audiences for some great advice before preparing your query.

If you're planning a nonfiction book, get ready for some research. To learn how, read Research Tips for Writing Nonfiction.

Meet the Author

Learn about the writing process and the publishing journey from writers who have been there. First, meet Nic Stone, debut author of bestselling YA novel Dear Martin. Then check out An Interview with Award-Winning Author Bernice L. McFadden.

Creative Caring

It's important for writers to make time for self-care. Read Building Self-Care Habits: Refilling the Creativity Well to Write Your Best Work to find out how to make self-care a part of your routine.

People say that readers generally have more empathy than non-readers. What about writers? Check out Writing From Other Cultural Perspectives Encourages Empathy and Understanding.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent spotlight shines on Jennifer Chen Tran of Bradford Literary. She is seeking a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction.

Poetic Asides

Next Wednesday marks the beginning of the 10th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge. For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem using at least three of six words chosen by Robert.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: JR Simmang and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Interested in submitting an article for the 2019 Poet's Market? Find out more here.

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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.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.