Weekly Round-Up: Personal Challenges and Publishing

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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.

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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.
Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Debut novelist Lacie Waldon discusses how her agent encouraged her to write what she knew, but then her editor made her realize that what she thought was boring might not be the case.

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use pedal and peddle with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Debut author Marissa Levien discusses how she always knew what the beginning and the end of her science fiction novel The World Gives Way would be, but that the middle remained elusive.

Drawing the Line for Withholding Secrets in Young Adult and Middle-Grade Novels

Drawing the Line for Withholding Secrets in Young Adult and Middle Grade Novels

Middle-grade and young adult author Ren Koppel Torres shares the top tips for how you can keep secrets from your characters and readers.

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Middle-grade author Payal Doshi discusses the sometimes-disheartening process of querying a novel and how she used rejection to fuel her passion for writing.

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WD Presents: Writer’s Digest Conference Announcements and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce that our 2021 Annual Conference will be virtual, registration is open for our 2021 in-person Novel Conference, and more!

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

In this article, middle-grade author Rajani LaRocca discusses how the synopsis for her newest release, Much Ado About Baseball, guided her writing process.

From Script

Adding Your Personal Connection to Your Stories and Building Your Brand As a Writer (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script’s Editor Sadie Dean interviews Dickinson creator/showrunner/EP Alena Smith, learn how to divide and conquer as screenwriter in the business and creating fruitful relationships. Plus, a brand new Script Talk video interview with writer/director/actress Djaka Souaré about her journey as a mentor and mentee in the WOCUnite and #StartWith8Hollywood mentorship programs.