Weekly Round-Up: Get Organized, Get Your Idea, and Get Writing

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Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 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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Make It Work

To be a writer, you have to write. It doesn't matter how busy you are—just write. Make it work by putting into practice these 5 Ways to Maximize Your Time (even if you're managing a full-time job).

For more ideas on how to organize your writing life, check out Smart Ways to Get Organized and Be Productive. Then go pick up a copy of the February 2017 Writer's Digest, designed to help you be productive.

Agents and Opportunities

Looking for an agent? If you write middle grade contemporary fiction, here are 14 Literary Agents Seeking Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction NOW.

This week's new literary agent alert is for Aimee Ashcraft of Brower Literary. Aimee is specifically interested in literary and upmarket fiction, historical and women’s fiction, and young adult fiction (all genres).

Once you've e-mailed a query letter, how long should you wait before following up? We have the answer here.

For the opportunity to work one-on-one with an agent, sign up for the Writer's Digest Boot Camp: How to Craft Query Letters & Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed. The Boot Camp starts on January 17, so sign up while you still can!

Poetic Asides

Congratulations to the winner of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the landay! Find out if you won or made the Top 10.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a dream poem. Then check out this week's Poetry Spotlight: the Paul Laurence Dunbar House.

Ever wonder why some authors cross out their printed names in a book before adding their signatures? Learn about the practice and the differing opinions on it here.

The Origins of Stories

Coming up with story ideas can be a challenge. If you're stuck for an idea, check out Paula Munier's tips and tricks for Brainstorming for Story Ideas and try a new tactic.

For some inspiration on finding ideas, read about the reality behind five famous children's stories in When Truth Is Stranger Than (Children’s) Fiction.

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

In this post, we look at what creative nonfiction (also known as the narrative nonfiction) is, including what makes it different from other types of fiction and nonfiction writing and more.

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WD Presents: Four WDU Courses, a Competition Deadline Reminder, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce four WDU courses, a Competition deadline reminder, and more!

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she discusses the next big fiction trend, and whether or not all books are the same.

From Script

A Change in Entertainment Business Currency and Disrupting Storytelling with Historical Significance (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn about how crypto currency is making a wave in the entertainment business, what percentages really mean in film financing, the pros and cons of writing partnerships, an exclusive interview with three-time NAACP Image Awards nominee, co-creator and former showrunner of CBS’ 'S.W.A.T.' Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

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 putting off submissions.

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

Have you ever considered outlining after finishing your first draft? Kris Spisak walks you through the process.

Poetic Forms

The Skinny: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the skinny, a form created by Truth Thomas.

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

A book review is more than sharing an opinion—it's a conversation between readers. Sam Risak shares the benefits of writing books reviews, as well as best practices for getting started.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give In

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give In

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give in to something or someone.