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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.

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.