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Weekly Round-Up: Just Keep 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.


Keep Calm and Keep Writing

Any time you start to think about giving up on writing, stop yourself. Here are 7 Things To Do When You Want to Give Up (Instead of Giving Up).

When you do have success, don't let it get in your way. Read How to Stop Yourself from Obsessing Over Duplicating Writing Success to learn how to keep writing and improving without unnecessary stress.

One factor behind finding writing success? You first have to Find Your Writing Voice. Learn about the importance of embracing your strengths and flaws in developing your personal voice.

History and Mystery

Interested in historical fiction but unsure of where to start your research or how much to include? Check out Taking the Mystery Out of Writing History for some helpful tips.

Get some insight into the ideas and inspiration behind Archer Mayor's bestselling mysteries in The Corpse Stops Here.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Joanna MacKenzie of the Nelson Literary Agency. She is looking for literary-leaning projects with commercial potential and epic reads that beat with a universal heart. She’s drawn to smart and timely women’s fiction, character-driven mysteries and thrillers, “child in jeopardy lit,” kick-ass mom heroines, and coming-of-age stories with confident voices and characters.

For a pitching opportunity, check out #DVpit Twitter Contest for Marginalized Voices and learn more on the event occurring next week.

Get It Together

Once you've finished revising and editing your manuscript, there's another hurdle to cross before submitting: You still have to write the synopsis. Read Mastering the Dreaded Synopsis to learn how.

When it comes time to put your cover together, don't forget overlook the importance of blurbs and testimonials. Here's How To Get Book Blurbs/Testimonials For Your Book Cover.

Poetic Asides

We're three weeks into our 10th Annual April PAD Challenge. Catch up on all of the prompts so far:

  • Day 15: Write a "one time" poem.
  • Day 16: Write a poem titled "(blank) System," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 17: Write a "dance" poem.
  • Day 18: Two-for-Tuesday! Write a "life" poem, or write a "death" poem.
  • Day 19: Write a "memory" poem.
  • Day 20: Write a "task" poem.
  • Day 21: Write a poem using an object as the title.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 597

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an "Imagine a World..." poem.

How To Create a Podcast, Develop an Audience, and Get Your Novel Published

How To Create a Podcast, Develop an Audience, and Get Your Novel Published

We’ve discussed podcasting to help promote the book you’ve written—but what about podcasting as a way to tell the story itself? Here, author Liz Keller Whitehurst discusses how the podcast of her novel, Messenger, came to be.

Hunter or Hunted?

Hunter or Hunted?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, we're in the middle of a hunt.

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory from Writer's Digest magazine, which includes advice from 41 agents, 39 debut authors, and 27 small presses.

The Idaho Review: Market Spotlight

The Idaho Review: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at The Idaho Review, a literary journal accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions.

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you're using an abbreviation vs. acronym vs. initialism with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

What Is Investigative Journalism?

What Is Investigative Journalism?

Alison Hill breaks down the definition of investigative journalism, how good investigative journalism makes for sweeping societal change, and how the landscape of the work is evolving.

writer's digest wd presents

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.”