Weekly Round-Up: The Writing Life

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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.


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.

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

There's nothing funny about learning when to use comedy and comity (OK, maybe a little humor) with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Debut author Shugri Said Salh discusses how wanting to know her mother lead her to writing her coming-of-age novel, The Last Nomad.

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

Does your manuscript need a little more definition, but you’re not sure where to begin? Try these 100 tips to give your words more power.

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson discusses how she never gave up on her story, how she worked through internal doubts, and how research lead her out of romance and into historical fiction.

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WD Presents: Seven New Courses, Writing Prompts, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new courses, our Editorial Calendar, and more!

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson discusses how each project has its own process and the difference between writing fiction and her new memoir, Perfect Black.

From Script

Approaching Comedy from a Personal Perspective and Tapping into Your Unique Writer’s Voice (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, interviews with masters of comedy, screenwriter Tim Long ('The Simpsons') and writer-director Dan Mazer (Borat Subsequent Movie) about their collaboration on their film 'The Exchange', and filmmaker Trent O’Donnell on his new film 'Ride the Eagle' co-written with actor Jake Johnson ('New Girl'). Plus, tips on how to tap into your unique voice and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

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 not accepting feedback on your writing.

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.