Weekly Round-Up: Successes and Transformations

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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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Diverse Cultures

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, read Quotes on Writing: 19 Classic and Contemporary Lessons from Black American Writers.

If you're writing about characters with backgrounds that differ from your own, you may be considering hiring a sensitivity reader. Check out The Problem with Sensitivity Readers Isn’t What You Think It Is to consider the issue.

Magical Transformations

Transform your idea into a story with magic. Watch Tim Knox's video on how to come up with great story ideas and read his accompanying explanation at Tim Knox: The Magic Formula for Great Story Ideas.

Many an author has built a series around a fictionalized version of their hometown or favorite place. To find out how—and why—to make that transformation, check out Beloved Settings: Considerations for Fictionalizing a Favorite Place.

For a classic from Script Magazine, read about the transformation from novel to film in Writer and Director Douglas McGrath on Adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby.

Successes and Rejections

For an example of a successful query letter—and an analysis of why it worked—check out Successful Query Letter Examples: Anna Quinn & The Night Child.

And for an interesting take on resolutions, read One Year, One Hundred Rejections: Brett Elizabeth Jenkins for a reflection from a poet who decided to get 100 rejections in one year.

Poetic Asides

Congratulations to the winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge for the roundelay! Find out if you made the top five.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem with the title “Little (blank),” replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.

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.