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Weekly Round-Up: Writing Winners

Every week our editors publish around 10 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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Happy holidays from Writer's Digest! Make sure you check out our 12 Days of Books Giveaway—you still have seven chances to win!

Check out the editor's letter from the January 2018 issue of Writer's Digest and challenge yourself to Have No Fear in the 2018 writing year.

Stay up to date with the latest GLA News.

Time to Write

You're finally going to write your memoir in 2018—but how will the real-life people in your story respond? Try out these words: "based on a true story." Read 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth and consider writing your story as a novel.

Ready to hit the ground running with your writing? Make sure to pace yourself ... or at least pace your plot! Check out Pacing Your Plot: 20 Ways to Rethink Your Narrative Pace.

How to feed your Star Wars obsession and spend time on your writing? Check out Rethinking Protagonists and Antagonists: Parallel and Perpendicular Character Perspectives in Star Wars.

Poetic Asides

Congratulations to the winner of the Writer's Digest Poetic Form Challenge for a contrapuntal poem! Find out if you made the top five.

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

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The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James

Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

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WD Presents: New Podcast Episode, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.

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The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell

The New York Times-bestselling British author discusses creating thrilling plot twists and developing characters in her 19th novel, The Night She Disappeared, in this interview from the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.