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Weekly Round-Up: Twists and Titles

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 a Change

You may think the best way to create twists in your novels is through plot choices, but that's not the only option. Check out Thrilling Characters: How to Create Twists and Turns in Your Novel.

Being a writer can mean a lot of different things—do you write poetry? Prose? Films? Journalism? Find out how making the switch from one type of writing to another can help you in the long term in From Writing Books to TV Shows—Making the Adjustment.

Have you ever wondered, Why Is the Word “Girl” In So Many Modern Book Titles? It suddenly seems like they're everywhere. Find out just what the word "girl" means.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent update is for Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She is looking for fun, witty middle-grade and young adult contemporary, science fiction, and fantasy (romance is a plus). She’s also looking for smart, sexy contemporary and historical romance.

A great way to get agent attention is through previous publication. Read Publishing Before the Query Letter: Literary Magazines and the Emerging Writer to learn more.

Once your book gets picked up by a publisher, you've still got some time before it appears on bookshelves. Here's How to Survive a Long Production Cycle.

Poetic Asides

Congratulations to our recent winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge for the rimas dissolutas.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, choose one of three prompts in celebration of Robert Brewer's birthday!

This week's poetry spotlight shines on the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Learn more here.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Barton Smock and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

From Script

Character Exploration and Development in Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers, showrunners and more who share a common thread of character exploration and development!

Janet Key: On Letting Your Novel Take Shape

Janet Key: On Letting Your Novel Take Shape

Author Janet Key discusses the experience of letting the novel take shape through the editorial process for her debut novel, Twelfth.

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Award-winning author and journalist Benjamin Myers discusses the out-of-body experience of having the idea for his new novel, The Perfect Golden Circle.

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WD Presents: 7 WDU Courses, a Chat With Ran Walker, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 7 WDU courses, a chat about flash fiction with Ran Walker, and more!

Christopher Stollar | How to Crowdfund Your Book

How to Crowdfund Your Book

Crowdfunding in publishing has received a lot of attention in recent months. Successful crowd-funder and author Chris Stollar shares his tips for realistic and practical tips to make crowdfunding work for you.

12 Dos and Don’ts of Revealing Critical Backstory in a Novel

12 Dos and Don’ts of Revealing Critical Backstory in a Novel

How much backstory is too much backstory, and how do we know when we haven’t given enough? Here, bestselling author Jenna Kernan offers six dos and six don’ts of revealing critical backstory in a novel.

How and Why To Turn Your Play Into a Novel

How and Why To Turn Your Play Into a Novel

Award-winning novelist and playwright Lynne Kaufman discusses the differences, similarities, and benefits of turning your play into a novel.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Thinking There’s Not Enough Room for Your Story

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Thinking There’s Not Enough Room for Your Story

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is thinking there's not enough room for your story.

The Head and the Heart: 5-Minute Memoir

The Head and the Heart: 5-Minute Memoir

In this article from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest, Lauryne Wright writes about rejection, rumination, and staying true to the creative voice inside ourselves.