Weekly Round-Up: Just Keep Writing

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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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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.

Writer's Digest March/April 2021 Cover featuring Carmen Maria Machado

Writer's Digest March/April 2021 Issue Reveal

The March/April 2021 issue of Writer's Digest is showing up in mailboxes and will soon be available at retailers. Get a sneak peek of the new columns we're introducing with the expanded page count!

How to Co-Author a Book: Building Continuity and Avoiding Pitfalls

How to Co-Author a Book: Building Continuity and Avoiding Pitfalls

Co-authors Simon Turney and Gordon Doherty share their top 5 tips for collaborating with another author on a project.

Bonnie Marcus: On Being Vulnerable in Nonfiction

Bonnie Marcus: On Being Vulnerable in Nonfiction

Award-winning entrepreneur and executive coach Bonnie Marcus shares what it was like to write her prescriptive nonfiction book Not Done Yet.

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes and Dialogue

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes and Dialogue

In this article, author and trained fighter Carla Hoch answers a writer's question about how to handle dialogue during a fight scene, including pros and cons to having dialogue at all.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Write for Everyone

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Trying to Write for Everyone

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is trying to write for everyone.

Poetic Forms

Ekprhasis (or Ekphrastic Poetry): Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at ekphrasis (or ekphrastic poetry) and the art of writing poems about other pieces of art.

5 Tips for Evoking Emotion in Writing

5 Tips for Evoking Emotion in Writing

Bestselling author Rebecca Yarros coaches writers on how to create believable emotion in this article.

40 Plot Twist Prompts for Writers: Writing Ideas for Bending Your Stories in New Directions, by Robert Lee Brewer

Announcing 40 Plot Twist Prompts for Writers!

Learn more about 40 Plot Twist Prompts for Writers: Writing Ideas for Bending Stories in New Directions, by Writer's Digest Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer. Discover fun and interesting ways to move your stories from beginning to end.

The Story That Drove Me to Write

The Story That Drove Me to Write

Award-winning author Stephanie Kane shares the book that launched her career and provides insights for how you can pursue your story.