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Weekly Round-Up: Lost in Translation and Keeping in Touch

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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Making Connections

To learn how to connect with your readers, make sure you have your own email list. To learn how, read List Factors: How to Build Your Own Email List.

It takes hard work to write a novel, but translating a novel? That requires an additional set of skills. Read 5 Tips for Translating Crime Novels to learn more.

The Work of Writing

Taking care of a family is a full-time job. Writing is often also a full-time job. How can you do both? Read 6 Ways to Stay Creative as a Writer (When You’re a Parent) to find out.

Check out how one author learned important writing skills from his day job in Nine Lessons I Learned About Writing as a Trial Lawyer.

For skills that translate from one writing job to another, read 5 Things the Screenwriting Business Taught Me About Writing.

To do the job well, you need the right tools. Check out Your Writing Voice: The Tools of the Trade to learn about strengthening your writing voice.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Ann Leslie Tuttle of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. She is seeking all kinds of romance from contemporaries, historicals, and romantic suspense to paranormals and inspirationals.

You may be looking for a literary agent, but is it time yet? Learn When to Search for a Literary Agent.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "information" poem.

How to Write a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

How to Create a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

Learn how to create a compelling premise for a thriller or mystery novel by asking a simple question and tying it to a specific circumstance to set the stage for a thrilling read.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters make a plan.

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.