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Weekly Round-Up: Mr. Write

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.

Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on WritersDigest.com in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Award-winning author Nick Petrie discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash thriller novel, The Runaway.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 596

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 punishment poem.