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Weekly Round-Up: Learn From Success

Every week our editors publish around 10 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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The Writing Journey

For most writers, the journey begins with books. Check out Five Books Every Writer Should Read, and tell us—what are your top five books for writers?

For advice from writers at the "debut" stage of their journeys, read 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Margaret Greenberg (nonfiction author) and 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Margaret Rogerson (fiction author).

Thinking Outside the Book 

If you want to break out of your comfort zone, check out How to Create a Protagonist Who is Very Different From You.

Novel writers can learn quite a bit from writing in other genres, but you can't always make time to try out all genres. Take a shortcut and learn from a screenwriter with 7 Top Tips to Create a Cinematic Novel.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Adrienne Rosado of Stonesong. She is seeking adult and children’s fiction, as well as select nonfiction in the areas of pop-science, business, and the occasional quirky history.

Before you send your own query letter, check out the latest edition of Successful Queries to see an example of one that worked.

If you're querying agents with a book proposal, you may not need to start writing the actual book yet—but you should. Learn about the importance of writing a section of your book before writing your proposal in Flash-Write a Portion of Your Book.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "name tag" poem.

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.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 621

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 animal poem.

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Not sure which way to turn when writing intimate scenes? Author Jo McNally shares how to write compelling love scenes that make sense for the story you’re writing.

How Can I Help You?

How Can I Help You?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Phong Nguyen discusses his lifelong dream of writing his new historical fiction novel, Bronze Drum.