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Weekly Round-Up: Personal Challenges and Publishing

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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Make It Personal

They say art reflects life. To make your life work for your writing, read Embracing the Impact of Personal Experiences on Your Writing.

For an example of a writer who learned from life, check out What My Military Experience Taught Me About Creating Heroes.

If you've written a memoir, then your writing is very personal. Here are Three Keys to Building Your Life Story or Memoir Platform.

Crossing Over

Making the switch from novel-writing to scriptwriting? Check out How to Work with Hollywood: Crossing the Chasm from Book to Film.

If your novel doesn't seem to fit neatly into a box, you might be writing cross-genre fiction. Read Cross-Genre Fiction: Using Research and Imagination in Hybrid Genres to learn about writing stories that fall into multiple genres.

Agents and Opportunities

Meet agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency. He is seeking both fiction and nonfiction, and he would especially love to find a truly great horror project.

Learn from success. Here are 8 Novel Writing Insights from Successful Authors.

The publication date isn't the finish line. Read 8 Things You MUST Do When Your First Book Is Launched to find out what you need to do to be a success.

Interested in teaching kids about some of the amazing people throughout history? Check out Three Keys to Selling a Children’s Picture Book Biography and make it happen.

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Catch up on all of the prompts from this past week.

  • Day 4: Write a poem with the title "Whosoever (blank)," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 5: Write a "self-destruct" poem.
  • Day 6: Write a "praise" poem.
  • Day 7: Write a "days of the week poem" or a "days of the weak" poem.
  • Day 8: Write a "thing" poem.
  • Day 9: Write a poem with the title "(blank) If (blank)," replacing each blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 10: Write a "going somewhere" 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.