Weekly Round-Up: Learn From Success

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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.

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Author Ruth Hogan discusses the process of learning a new skill in writing her new novel, The Moon, The Stars and Madame Burova.

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

It's a common question asked by writers looking to get their first book published: Do you find an editor or agent first? The answer depends on each writer's situation.

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WDU Presents: 7 New WDU Courses, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new WDU courses, a chance at publication, and more!

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

Editor is a very broad term in the publishing industry that can mean a variety of things. Tiffany Yates Martin reveals what a professional editor is and why writers should consider using one.

From Script

How to Find the Right Reader for Feedback, Writing Female Characters and Tapping into Emotionally Authentic Characters (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, read film reviews from Tom Stemple, part three of writing female characters, interviews with Free Guy scribes Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman, The Eyes of Tammy Faye screenwriter Abe Sylvia, and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

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 writing mistake is chasing trends in writing and publishing.

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Author Dawn Secord shares her journey toward self-publishing a picture book featuring her Irish Setter named Bling.

Poetic Forms

Crown of Sonnets: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the crown of sonnets, a form that brings together seven sonnets in a special way.

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)

Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).