Weekly Round-Up: Looking Backward, Moving Forward

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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.


Author Appreciation

In honor of the late Sue Grafton, read W Is for Writer: A 2010 Interview with Sue Grafton (1940-2017) from the February 2010 issue of Writer's Digest.

For the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, check out 200 Years Later: Things You Might Not Know About Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Are you a fantasy buff? Watch a video explaining The Idea that Inspired The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Making Plans

Congratulations to Tyler Moss, new Editor-in-Chief of Writer's Digest! Check out his editor's letter from the March/April 2018 issue of Writer's Digest.

Let 2018 be your year. Read 15 Motivational Tips to Help You Achieve Your Writing Resolutions in 2018, and make it happen.

For practical goal-setting steps, check out 7 Tips for Creating Writing Goals That Actually Work.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 Easy Writing Prompts to Get Your Life Story Started.

Take a break from making your writing to-do list and read 5 Things Fiction Writers Do That Annoy Readers for a list of what you might try not to do.

Agents and Opportunities

Getting a literary agent can be hard. Try shifting your focus—consider the possibility of moving forward without an agent. Check out A Writer’s Journey: Launching Without an Agent with Lora L. Hyler for a path to publication that might work for you.

Gain a deeper understanding of how to forge your own publishing path by reading Indie Authors and the Future of Book Production.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a “password” poem.

6 Lessons of Writing for Novelists

6 Lessons of Writing for Novelists

As the author of 16 novels, Wendy Wax shares her top 6 tips for novelists to help their writing journey go as smoothly as possible.

Elyssa Friedland: On Letting Setting Guide You

Elyssa Friedland: On Letting Setting Guide You

When author Elyssa Friedland settled on the setting for her latest novel, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, the characters and plot came to her. Here, she discusses the importance of setting.

Alyson Gerber: On Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Alyson Gerber: On Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Critically acclaimed author Alyson Gerber discusses how she tackled the topic of disordered eating in her latest middle-grade novel, Taking Up Space.

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WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition, Submission Guidelines, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the extended Annual Writing Competition deadline for 2021, details on how to submit your writing to Writer’s Digest, and more!

Amorak Huey: On Stalling Out After Publication

Amorak Huey: On Stalling Out After Publication

Poet Amorak Huey hit a creative roadblock after publishing his latest poetry collection Dad Jokes From Late in the Patriarchy. He shares his cure (and more!) in this article.

From Script

New Original Podcasts, Videos, and Understanding Data as a Screenwriter (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script releases brand new audible and visual content!

Summer Writing Activities for Writers

8 Summer Writing Activities for Writers

Summer is upon us, so here are 8 summer writing activities for writers to consider as the temperature rises.

Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021

71 Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021!

Need a book to read in 2021? Want to find a new author to check out? Then, explore this list of 71 books and authors featured in our author spotlight series in a variety of genres.

How Do I Get My Poetry Published?

How Do I Get My Poetry Published?

Learn how to get your poetry published, whether you're trying to get a poem or an entire book of poems published.