Weekly Round-Up: Hold Our Attention

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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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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.

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Author Ruth Hogan discusses the process of learning a new skill in writing her new novel, The Moon, The Stars and Madame Burova.

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

It's a common question asked by writers looking to get their first book published: Do you find an editor or agent first? The answer depends on each writer's situation.

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WDU Presents: 7 New WDU Courses, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new WDU courses, a chance at publication, and more!

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

Editor is a very broad term in the publishing industry that can mean a variety of things. Tiffany Yates Martin reveals what a professional editor is and why writers should consider using one.

From Script

How to Find the Right Reader for Feedback, Writing Female Characters and Tapping into Emotionally Authentic Characters (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, read film reviews from Tom Stemple, part three of writing female characters, interviews with Free Guy scribes Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman, The Eyes of Tammy Faye screenwriter Abe Sylvia, and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is chasing trends in writing and publishing.

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Author Dawn Secord shares her journey toward self-publishing a picture book featuring her Irish Setter named Bling.

Poetic Forms

Crown of Sonnets: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the crown of sonnets, a form that brings together seven sonnets in a special way.

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)

Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).