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Weekly Round-Up: Writing Realities

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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Guess Who's Coming to Writer's Digest

We're excited to announce "Worth a Thousand Words," a new recurring column from cartoonist Bob Eckstein. Read his 5-Minute Memoir from the March/April 2017 Writer's Digest to learn more about Eckstein and his art.

Real World

We all have different writing interests and inspirations, but it's easy to forget about our motivations—the real reasons we write. So why do you write? Join Reedsy's #IWriteBecause campaign and answer that question.

You've surely heard the advice to "write what you know," but what does that mean for you? Find out in Fiction, Brought to You by Real Life.

Here's a short story writing technique you may not have heard of before: expansion, or a broadening of the perspective of the world beyond what is typically expected in short fiction. Learn more in A Shocking (and Fun) Short Story Writing Technique.

7 and 7 (and 6)

We've all been pulled in by a good mystery at some point. The suspense created by questions—Who did it? What's going to happen?—keeps us glued to the page and the screen. 7 Tips on Writing Great Mystery and Suspense Novels explains how to create that pull.

Check out the latest installment of 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far for the seven things author Andrew Roe wishes he knew from the beginning of his writing journey.

No matter your genre, characters are a constant. Here are 6 Tips for Creating Believable Characters That Win Over Readers.

Agents and Opportunities

Meet agent Anna Sproul-Latimer of Ross Yoon Agency: She wants to read about love, connection, endurance, gentleness, happy surprises, redemption, cuckoo hobbies, unforgettably good people from history—and also death and outer space. But make sure you read her advice and pet peeves before querying!

Poetic Asides

Learn all about the poetic form cyrch a chwta. Can you guess from the name where this form originates?

When you're done learning about a new form, check out the WD Poetic Form challenge and try a French form, the rimas dissolutas.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "pieces" poem.

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 even 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.

Sophie Irwin: On Connecting With Readers

Sophie Irwin: On Connecting With Readers

Author Sophie Irwin discusses her pipe-dream-turned-reality of writing her historical fiction rom-com, A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting.

Getting Started Writing a Beach Book

Getting Started Writing a Beach Book

Sun, sand, and surf are only a fraction of what a beachside setting can bring to your stories. Here, bestselling author Amy Clipston helps us get started writing a beach book.