Weekly Round-Up: Writing Resolutions and Strategies for 2017

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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.

Amorak Huey: On Stalling Out After Publication

Amorak Huey: On Stalling Out After Publication

Poet Amorak Huey hit a creative roadblock after publishing his latest poetry collection Dad Jokes From Late in the Patriarchy. He shares his cure (and more!) in this article.

From Script

New Original Podcasts, Videos, and Understanding Data as a Screenwriter (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script releases brand new audible and visual content!

Summer Writing Activities for Writers

8 Summer Writing Activities for Writers

Summer is upon us, so here are 8 summer writing activities for writers to consider as the temperature rises.

Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021

71 Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021!

Need a book to read in 2021? Want to find a new author to check out? Then, explore this list of 71 books and authors featured in our author spotlight series in a variety of genres.

How Do I Get My Poetry Published?

How Do I Get My Poetry Published?

Learn how to get your poetry published, whether you're trying to get a poem or an entire book of poems published.

Dyslexia Is a Writer's Superpower (With Help)

Dyslexia Is a Writer's Superpower (With Help)

Author PJ Manney shares how dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia should not be viewed as impediments to becoming a writer. Rather, they should be viewed as writing superpowers, especially when paired with certain technologies.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Falsely Accused

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Falsely Accused

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character get falsely accused for something.

By Any Means Necessary: Finding Unorthodox Ways to Break-In

By Any Means Necessary: Finding Unorthodox Ways to Break-In

Novelist D. Eric Maikranz gives advice for how to get your readers to sit up and take notice of your work in untraditional ways.

M.M. Chouinard: On Jumping From One Project to Another

M.M. Chouinard: On Jumping From One Project to Another

Novelist M.M. Chouinard immediately started writing her second book after finishing her first and shares here why that was the best decision she could have made.