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Weekly Round-Up: New Approaches for the New Year

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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What Writers Need in 2017

You may have created an aspirational list of resolutions for the new year. You may have already given up on some (or all) of those resolutions. Don't worry about it. For a great writing year, here's what you really need to do:

Opportunities and Agents

Looking for an agent? If you write women's fiction, here are 7 Literary Agents Seeking Women's Fiction NOW.

If that's not enough, check out this week's new literary agent alert for Shana Kelly of Einstein Literary. Shana is looking for novels with great writing and surprising plots that fall somewhere between commercial and literary.

To capture an agent's attention, it's important to understand what they're looking for. Read an interview with Elise Capron of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. For even more insight and the opportunity to work one-on-one with an agent, sign up for the Writer's Digest Boot Camp: How to Craft Query Letters & Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a something new poem. Then challenge yourself by trying out a poem in diminishing verse.

This year, we're adding a new Thursday poetry series called Poetry Spotlight. Find out more about the series and the first spotlight (the Rattle Chapbook Prize) here.

Do you struggle with submitting your poetry? Check out Poetry Submission Tips From Other Poets and get submitting.

The Right Approach

Two of the most powerful approaches to writing that writers should try are freewriting and outlining. Find out how to embrace the unstructured nature of freewriting to help you when you're stuck, and learn how imbue the structured outline with flexibility and discovery.

One of easiest ways to weaken your work is by getting details wrong. Separate the facts from the myths about depression so that your portrayals of characters with the disorder feel real.

Finally, one of the easiest ways to hook young readers is by adding the thrill of suspense. Find out how with 7 Ways to Make a Young Reader's Hair Stand Up.

A Few Tips for Writing Personal Essays

A Few Tips for Writing Personal Essays

Here are a few tips for writing personal essays from the Publishing Insights column of the March/April 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Dispel vs. Expel (Grammar Rules)

Dispel vs. Expel (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between dispel and expel with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Author and writing instructor Laura Davis discusses the process of starting, stopping, and starting again with her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars.

From Our Readers

Which Writer or Work Made You Think About Point of View in a Different Way and Why?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: Which writer or work made you think about point of view in a different way and why? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

The kind of research you do can make or break your story's authenticity. Author Blake Sanz offers 4 tips on research for your novels and stories beyond getting the facts right.

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WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition Early-Bird Deadline, Seven WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the Annual Writing Competition early-bird deadline, seven WDU courses starting this week, and more!

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

Small but mighty, picture books help raise children into lifelong readers. Children's book author Diana Murray offers 3 big tips for writing a picture book like a pro.

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

Lessons in writing can come from various forms of art or entertainment. Author Alverne Ball shares 5 things he learned about writing from watching soap operas.

From Script

Writing from an Intimate Point of View and Adding Essential Elements to Solidify Your Screenplay (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, TV writer Kate Sargeant shares a first-hand look on her new digital series that was a life-changing experience. Plus an interview with filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, a new installment from ‘Ask the Coach’ and more!