Weekly Round-Up: Writing Resolutions and Strategies for 2017

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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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Craft and Creativity

Whether you're a mystery writer or not, check out Develop a Fascinating Premise for Your Mystery Novel for some tips on discovering your story idea.

Once you have your idea, you need to populate your story with compelling characters and dramatic action. To understand how characterization and action are connected, read How to Craft Characters Scene by Scene.

Practical Pointers

Take some advice from real authors about the reality of the business. Check out Talking Rejection with Debbie Macomber, then read 7 Things I’ve Learned so Far, by S.B. Divya. Even if you've made it to the publishing stage, the work isn't done: Create a plan using 18 Ideas for a Successful Book Launch.

Agent Issues

This week, our new literary agent alert is for Ed Maxwell of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. Ed is seeking expert and narrative nonfiction authors, novelists and graphic novelists, and children’s book authors and illustrators. His aim as a literary agent is to help authors grow their intellectual properties into compelling books.

Think you're ready to reach out to agent? Find out which sample chapters you should send.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a winter poem in honor of the winter solstice. Then try out a katauta, a Japanese poetic form. At a loss? Here are the 20 Best Tips for Poets to help you out.

New Year's Resolutions for Writers

What are your 2017 writing resolutions? Let us know for a chance to be featured in our newsletter.

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Carla Malden: Writing With Optimism and Innocence

Screenwriter and author Carla Malden explains why young adult fiction and the '60s go hand-in-hand and how she connected with her main character's voice.

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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Talking About the Work-in-Progress

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 writers make is talking about the work-in-progress.

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Greta K. Kelly: Publishing Is a Marathon

Debut author Greta K. Kelly reveals how the idea for her novel sparked and the biggest surprise of her publication journey.

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Mistress Bradstreet Stanza: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the Mistress Bradstreet stanza, an invented form of John Berryman.

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Capital vs. Capitol (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use capital vs. capitol with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

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On Writing to Give Grief Meaning and Write Out of Challenging Situations

Author Lily Dulan explains why writers have to be willing to go to difficult places inside themselves for their writing to make a positive impact on ourselves, others, and the world.

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Gerald Brandt: Toeing the Line Between Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Science fiction author Gerald Brandt explains how this new series explores the genre boundary and how he came to find his newest book's focus.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Moment of Doubt

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character experience a moment of doubt.

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Caitlin O'Connell: Finding Connection and Community in Animal Rituals

In this post, Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares what prompted her to write a book about finding connection and community in animal rituals, what surprised her in the writing process, and much more!