Weekly Round-Up: Mr. Write

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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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Working with Characters

Compelling characters are some of the most important pieces of your writing. Check out An Illustrated Guide to Dynamic Characters to learn more.

Mental illness is a serious issue that crops up in real life and in fiction all the time. Read How to Treat Mentally Ill Characters When Writing a Novel to get it right.

Lessons Learned

As a writer, it's important to learn from every aspect of your life. Read 5 Things Being a Journalist Taught Me About Writing Fiction to see how one author learned from his career.

Check out 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kristen Lepionka.

Are you stuck in a writing rut? Consider changing things up. Learn from experience How Taking a New Path in Writing Can Fire Up Your Muse.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Connor Eck of Lucinda Literary LLC. He is seeking middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as nonfiction.

Finding an agent is a challenge. Finding a significant other is also a challenge. Read on to learn Why Finding a Literary Agent Is So Similar to Dating.

Poetic Asides

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

Take a moment to remember and appreciate Kathryn Stripling Byer, the former North Carolina Poet Laureate, who passed away earlier this week.

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Middle-grade author Payal Doshi discusses the sometimes-disheartening process of querying a novel and how she used rejection to fuel her passion for writing.

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WD Presents: Writer’s Digest Conference Announcements and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce that our 2021 Annual Conference will be virtual, registration is open for our 2021 in-person Novel Conference, and more!

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

In this article, middle-grade author Rajani LaRocca discusses how the synopsis for her newest release, Much Ado About Baseball, guided her writing process.

From Script

Adding Your Personal Connection to Your Stories and Building Your Brand As a Writer (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script’s Editor Sadie Dean interviews Dickinson creator/showrunner/EP Alena Smith, learn how to divide and conquer as screenwriter in the business and creating fruitful relationships. Plus, a brand new Script Talk video interview with writer/director/actress Djaka Souaré about her journey as a mentor and mentee in the WOCUnite and #StartWith8Hollywood mentorship programs.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Penfyr: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn penfyr, a Welsh tercet form.

Editorial Road-Mapping: Start Your Self-Editing Process Here

Editorial Road-Mapping: Start Your Self-Editing Process Here

Editorial road-mapping begins with a challenge of willpower and ends with a battle-plan for transforming your manuscript into the book you dreamed it could be. Let editor Kris Spisak give you that map!

6 Tips for Writing a Summer Romance Novel

6 Tips for Writing a Summer Romance Novel

Summer. Three whole months of bright sunsets and glittering water and endless possibility. Here are 6 tips from romance writer Rachael Lippincott for capturing a tiny bit of that magic in the pages of your next summer romance novel.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Running Empty

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Running Empty

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, consider what happens when resources begin to run low or out.

5 Tips for Creating a Fully Realized Historical Setting

5 Tips for Creating a Fully Realized Historical Setting

Research is more than just reading books and articles. Here, author Nekesa Afia gives her top 5 tips for writing a historical setting that will engage and wow your readers.