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The Writer’s Dig
by Jess Zafarris
Content Strategist Jess Zafarris covers everything about writing on this blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, she’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from herself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out her advice—your writing career will thank you. Read The Writer’s Dig


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by the editors of Writer’s Digest
The GLA blog keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences. Common features include agent interviews, new agency listings, agency profiles, upcoming conferences of interest, contests and other publishing opportunities, valuable writing resources, submission tips and information, and a blogroll of other agent blogs. Read the Guide to Literary Agents Blog


There Are No Rules
by the editors of Writer’s Digest
Get on the cutting edge of today’s publishing trends and how authors can succeed in a world of fast-paced technological change, guided by the editors of Writer’s Digest. You’ll get an inside look at the work, play, and passion of the publishing business and find practical tools for success. Read There Are No Rules


Poetic Asides
by Robert Brewer
Published poet Robert Lee Brewer blogs on issues affecting poets from the poet’s perspective. As the editor of Writer’s Market, Brewer also shares insights on the publishing industry, especially as it relates to poetry and the poetry markets. He also explains poetic forms, interviews other published poets, and provides the occasional poetry prompt. Read Robert’s Blog


Believing in the Muse

Whether you believe in The Muse is actually not important. It is important, however, that you believe that writing, when it’s going very well, is fun, enlivening, curiously effortless, and surprising.

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

We’re now past the half-way mark. So let’s keep poeming to the finish line! For today’s prompt, write a brave poem. There are many instances of bravery each and every day. For some, bravery is running into a burning building to save a child or jumping out of an airplane to...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

For today’s prompt, take the word “Anti-(blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new word or phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Anti-Hero,” “Anti-Aging Cream,” and “Anti-Gravity Shoes.” ***** Do You Have a $1,000 Poem? The 13th Annual Writer’s...

Puzzles for Writers: 3 Quotable Cryptograms

In the January 2019 issue of Writer's Digest, we included a Cryptogram (#2 below) in our Potpourri for the Pen column. Solve it, plus two additional cryptograms, shown below, to discover writing wisdom by famous writers from past issues of Writer’s Digest magazine.

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

For today’s prompt, write a hungry poem. Of course, you can write about your favorite foods and delicacies. But don’t forget those metaphorical hungers. For love, power, and anything else you can poem up. ***** Do You Have a $1,000 Poem? The 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards has extended its...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

It’s time for our second go-round on the Two-for-Tuesday prompts! For those of you new to “Two-for-Tuesday” prompts, you can pick one of the prompts, try to write both, and/or try to combine them into one poem. Your choice. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt: Write a quiet poem. Or… Write a loud...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, write a disaster poem. Disasters can be epic and involve earthquakes, fires, and violence. But disasters can also be epic and involve spilling red wine on a white carpet or saying the wrong thing at the wrong moment. Whatever your disaster, have fun poeming today. ***** Do You...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, write a forgiveness poem. Earlier this month, I shared an apology poem prompt, but it’s one thing to apologize; it’s something else entirely to forgive someone, whether they’ve apologized or not. That’s the point of this prompt: forgiveness. Write about forgiving. Or write about not forgiving. If you’re...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

For today’s prompt, write a teenage poem. Many of you have experienced being a teenager. Some people reading this may actually be teenagers. And maybe one or three of you are looking forward to being a teenager yourself. Lots of potential angles to take in this one. ***** Do You Have...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Burn (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Burn the Midnight Oil,” “Burn, Baby, Burn,” and “Burn Everything.” ***** Do You Have a $1,000 Poem? The...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

For today’s prompt, write a poem that hints at something. In my mind, I’m thinking of a poem that foreshadows a possible future poem in your potential chapbook. But you could also write a poem that hints at something that’s not fully explained–like a bad relationship or an amazing moment. Maybe...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 7

For today’s prompt, write a poem with an occupation as the title. For instance, the titles might include: “Governor,” “Teacher,” “Architect,” and “Engineer.” Or go with some of these creative job titles I found: “Director of First Impressions,” “Crayon Evangelist,” and “Chief Amazement Officer.” Or create your own. ***** Do You...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6

It’s taken nearly a week, but we’ve finally made it to our first Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month! For those of you new to “Two-for-Tuesday” prompts, you can pick one of the prompts, try to write both, and/or try to combine them into one poem. Your choice. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt:...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5

Wow! Five days in already. Let’s keep poeming! For today’s prompt, write a private poem. For many poets, writing poems they keep private may be easy enough to accomplish. I know I’ve written thousands of poems for my eyes only. But I’m thinking of a poem that shares a private moment,...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, write an apologetic poem. Maybe the poem itself is a first person apology. Or it could be about someone apologizing to someone else. Or maybe you decide to flip the script and write a “no apologies” poem. ***** Do You Have a $1,000 Poem? The 13th Annual Writer’s...