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

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.


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.

Jeff Adams | Writer's Digest Indie Author Spotlight

Jeff Adams: Publishing Advice for Indie Authors

In this Indie Author Profile, romance novelist Jeff Adams shares his path to independent publishing and his advice for others considering that path.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Writer's Digest July/Aug 2022

The WD Interview: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The bestselling author of Mexican Gothic shares her approach to world-building, character development, and what she’s learned about the business of writing in this interview from the July/August 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

Thinking of starting your own newsletter? Let freelance writer Sian Meades-Williams lay out 9 pros and cons of writing a newsletter.

How to Write a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

How to Create a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

Learn how to create a compelling premise for a thriller or mystery novel by asking a simple question and tying it to a specific circumstance to set the stage for a thrilling read.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

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

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

If you've ever heard it said that there's no new way to write a story, let author Julian R. Vaca tell you otherwise. Here, he shares 3 tips for writing dystopian young adult fiction to help silence our inner critics.

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.