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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.

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Award-winning author Larry Beinhart discusses what he learned in the process of writing his new mystery novel, The Deal Goes Down.

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WD Presents: A Competition Announcement, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our self-published e-book awards, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Award-winning playwright and author Leah Franqui discusses how she examined her life through a fictive lens with her new novel, After the Hurricane.

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch discusses how to pace your story's fight scene and shares three examples from writers who tackle pacing differently.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

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 mistake is rushing the drafting process.

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

USA Today bestselling author Kwana Jackson discusses writing her new romance novel, Knot Again.

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A Conversation With Jaden Terrell on Writer Expectations, Part 2 (Killer Writers)

Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford continues his conversation with novelist Jaden Terrell about writer expectations and success.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Antagonist Reappears

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Antagonist Reappears

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have an antagonist reappear.

Karen Rose: On Characters Showing Up in the Writing Process

Karen Rose: On Characters Showing Up in the Writing Process

Award-winning author Karen Rose discusses the surprising joy of secondary characters in her new romantic suspense novel, Quarter to Midnight.