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.

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

Writers of historical fiction must always ride the line between factual and fictitious. Here, author Terry Roberts discusses how to navigate that line.

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

In this post, we look at what creative nonfiction (also known as the narrative nonfiction) is, including what makes it different from other types of fiction and nonfiction writing and more.

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WD Presents: Four WDU Courses, a Competition Deadline Reminder, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce four WDU courses, a Competition deadline reminder, and more!

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she discusses the next big fiction trend, and whether or not all books are the same.

From Script

A Change in Entertainment Business Currency and Disrupting Storytelling with Historical Significance (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn about how crypto currency is making a wave in the entertainment business, what percentages really mean in film financing, the pros and cons of writing partnerships, an exclusive interview with three-time NAACP Image Awards nominee, co-creator and former showrunner of CBS’ 'S.W.A.T.' Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

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 is putting off submissions.

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

Have you ever considered outlining after finishing your first draft? Kris Spisak walks you through the process.

Poetic Forms

The Skinny: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the skinny, a form created by Truth Thomas.

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

The Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

A book review is more than sharing an opinion—it's a conversation between readers. Sam Risak shares the benefits of writing books reviews, as well as best practices for getting started.