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.

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Copywriter and author Sarah Echavarre Smith discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, On Location.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 583

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a fall poem.

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

For over a decade, author Joshua Glenn has been researching adventure-related terms. Now, he's sharing what he's learned for other writers to add to their lexicon.

Moral Compass

Moral Compass

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone with an unfailing moral compass.

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Author, translator, and editor Daniel Levin Becker discusses his hopes for future letter writing like those featured in the new anthology, Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer.

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between e.g. and i.e. with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprise in the Writing Process

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprises in the Writing Process

Experienced writers know to expect the unexpected. Here are surprises in the writing process from 20 authors, including Amanda Jayatissa, Paul Neilan, Kristin Hannah, and Robert Jones, Jr.

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Author Ruth Hogan discusses the process of learning a new skill in writing her new novel, The Moon, The Stars and Madame Burova.

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

It's a common question asked by writers looking to get their first book published: Do you find an editor or agent first? The answer depends on each writer's situation.