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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.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.

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!