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Weekly Round-Up: The Writing Life

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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Writing Day by Day

You don't always have to like writing, but you've got to love it. To feel the love, read For the Love of Writing: 25 Wordsmiths Explain Why They Write.

Don't let life get in the way of your writing. Here are 6 Fiction Writing Exercises to Try When You’re Traveling for the Holidays.

Looking for some new inspiration? Check out Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice.

In the February 2018 issue of Writer's Digest, we interviewed Kristin Hannah

For some insights into the writing life of a bestselling author, check out our interview—plus outtakes—from the February 2018 issue of Writer's Digest. Read New Territory: ‘The Nightingale’ Author Kristin Hannah Discusses Her New Alaska-Set Novel here.

Crossing Genres

You're ready to write your screenplay—but what genre will it be? Read The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy: What Every Screenwriter Needs to Know. If you're more interested in writing a novel than a screenplay, you can still learn from the movies. Check out The Screenwriter’s Toolbox: Two Techniques Novelists Can Borrow from Film When Writing Opening Scenes.

What happens when you're writing your memoir and suddenly find yourself veering out of reality? Consider writing a novel instead. Read When Your Memoir Wants To Be A Novel for more on crossing this boundary.

Writing involves imagination—you have to imagine yourself into the minds of different characters. But what about characters of different genders? Check out Writing Characters From the Opposite Gender’s Point of View for some advice.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Julia Livshin. She is seeking literary fiction and quality commercial fiction, and she is also on the lookout for narrative nonfiction, memoir, and children’s literature.

Learn about the path to publication with Nicola Yoon, Author of The Sun Is Also a Star, on Her Writing and Publishing Journey.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a “made sense at the time” poem.

To celebrate the holiday season, check out 7 Facts About A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas.

Mantel vs. Mantle (Grammar Rules)

Mantel vs. Mantle (Grammar Rules)

This post looks at the differences between mantel and mantle with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Agent Advice

Agent Advice: Analieze Cervantes of The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Agent Advice (this installment featuring Analieze Cervantes of The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else.

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WD Presents: 4 WDU Courses, an Upcoming Webinar, Submission Deadline for Your Favorite Writing Websites, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 4 WDU courses, an upcoming webinar on creating an author website, and more!

How To Find the Right Professional Editor for Your Writing

How To Find the Right Professional Editor for Your Writing

It's not enough to know when your manuscript is ready for a professional edit—it's knowing who is the right fit to do the editing. Here, Tiffany Yates Martin discusses how to find the right professional editor for your writing.

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Understanding the Writer and Agent Relationship (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read an intimate interview with Verve Literary Agent and Partner David Boxerbaum about the state of the spec market, the relationship between a writer and agent, and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ending Your Story Too Soon

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ending Your Story Too Soon

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 ending your story too soon.

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes with Magic

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes With Magic

In this post, trained fighter and author Carla Hoch explores the process of writing fight scenes with magic—how to make the unbelievable believable, how limitations bring us closer to our characters, and more.

Invoice Template for Freelance Writers

Invoice Template for Freelance Writers

If you're a freelance writer who is able to secure assignments, an essential tool you'll need is an invoice. In this post, Writer's Digest Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer shares a very basic and easy invoice template for freelance writers to get the job done (and get paid).

3 Things Being a Broadway Wig Master Taught Me About Storytelling

3 Things Being a Broadway Wig Master Taught Me About Storytelling

A career behind the curtain helped Amy Neswald in creating her own stories. Here, the author shares 3 things being a broadway wig master taught her about storytelling.