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Weekly Round-Up: Hold Our Attention

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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A Writer's Life for Me

Need a vacation, but still hoping to get some solid writing done? Consider a cruise. Here are the Top 5 Reasons Cruising is the Perfect Writing Vacation.

If you're wondering about the process and timeline for authors who get published without agents, check out Debut Author Tell All with KD Proctor.

At Attention

It can be difficult at times to turn off the TV and switch over to a novel. TV writer and author of Baby Doll Hollie Overton faced that same struggle. Find out what she learned in The Differences and Similarities Between Writing a Novel and Writing for Television.

Don't underestimate the value of a good short story. Find out how to Get Discovered by Writing Short.

One way to hold our attention through even the longest books? Lighten things up by adding humor. Here's How to Add Humor to Your Novel During Revision.

Women at the Wheel

You may not have heard the term "Grip-Lit," but you know the genre: psychological thrillers with compelling female characters at the helm. Learn more in Grip-Lit: Five Elements Your Story Must Include If You’re Writing the Next Gone Girl.

After that, make sure to check out 5 Excellent Tips on Writing Women’s Fiction for any female author writing about women.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent spotlight shines on Amaryah Orenstein of GO Literary. She is seeking contemporary and historical fiction; family relationship and coming-of-age stories; history and current affairs; social and cultural issues; memoir; food. She does not handle sci-fi, fantasy, or books about pets (in any genre).

Writing a book is one thing, but writing a book proposal? That involves an entirely different series of steps and conventions. Check out The Order for Drafting a Book Proposal for a breakdown of where to start.

Poetic Asides

Meet Susan J. Erickson, winner of the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, recipient of a Regional Artist Grant in 2015 from the North Carolina Arts Council, and author of When She Was Bad.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem using the phrase "I Am a (blank)," filling in the blank with the word or phrase of your choice.

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

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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, an Upcoming Virtual Conference, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce six new WDU courses, a romance writing virtual conference, and more!

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Past experiences taught bestselling author Alan Russell to tread lightly when it came to collaborating on projects. Here, he discusses how the right person and the right story helped him go from a “me” to a “we.”

From Script

Short Film Goals, Writing the Cinematic Experience on the Page and Sundance Film Festival 2022 (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, set your creative goals with a monthly guide to write and produce your short film, provided by Script contributor Rebecca Norris Resnick. Plus, an exclusive interview with Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan, a Sundance Film Festival 2022 day one recap, and more!

Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on WritersDigest.com in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

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

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.