The Weird Week in Writing: Mark Twain's memoir, the new James Bond, and BEA (Plus, a special holiday prompt)

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Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of
writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt):

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Victorians couldn’t handle it: Mark Twain left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs and a note—don’t publish for at least a century. Finally, the century is up, and we’ll be getting some new Twain.

If you missed Gone With the Wind scribe Margaret Mitchell’s first romance (written when she was 15): In the wake of the strange saga of the lost Booker Prize, The Huffington Post has ranked 12 Great Overlooked Books.

Publishing’s biggest event, Book Expo America, has come to a close: But not before Barbra Streisand discussed her passion for design, Bob Marley’s son played guitar to support his new memoir, and a slew of upcoming releases were promoted, from titles by Keith Richards to Sara Gruen. (And there’s also Jon Stewart’s BEA introduction for speaker Condoleezza Rice: "As for our next author, I'm not familiar with her work, but I've heard good things.")

A Yankee/James Bond’s Court: American author Jeffery Deaver is the new Ian Fleming.

He Listen Pretty:
David Sedaris brings you National Audiobook Month.

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You haven’t been back to the cemetery for years. But now you take a tiny flag, an apple, and another item out of your bag, and place them by the headstone. Then, you do what you always do when you’re here: you remember.


Top 101 Websites for Writers. An entire feature package on genres, from
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here to check the May/June 2010 issue of WD out!

The Play Really Is the Thing

The Play Really Is the Thing

Studying different genres can make you a stronger writer overall. Here, author Jessica Barksdale Inclán explains why reading more Shakespeare is a great idea.

Pair vs. Pare vs. Pear (Grammar Rules)

Pair vs. Pare vs. Pear (Grammar Rules)

Prepare yourself for comparing the differences of pair, pare, and pear on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

6 Lessons of Writing for Novelists

6 Lessons of Writing for Novelists

As the author of 16 novels, Wendy Wax shares her top 6 tips for novelists to help their writing journey go as smoothly as possible.

Elyssa Friedland: On Letting Setting Guide You

Elyssa Friedland: On Letting Setting Guide You

When author Elyssa Friedland settled on the setting for her latest novel, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, the characters and plot came to her. Here, she discusses the importance of setting.

Alyson Gerber: On Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Alyson Gerber: On Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Critically acclaimed author Alyson Gerber discusses how she tackled the topic of disordered eating in her latest middle-grade novel, Taking Up Space.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition, Submission Guidelines, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the extended Annual Writing Competition deadline for 2021, details on how to submit your writing to Writer’s Digest, and more!

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, Script releases brand new audible and visual content!