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The Writer’s Dig
by Brian A. Klems

Online Editor Brian A. Klems covers everything about writing on his blog. From grammar to writing tips to publishing advice to best practices in finding an agent to fueling your creative fire, he’s got you covered by pulling in great tips (not just from himself but from from other published and award-winning authors, too). Check out his advice—your writing career will thank you. Read Brian’s Blog


Guide to Literary Agents Blog
by Chuck Sambuchino

GLA Editor Chuck Sambuchino keeps track of all news related to literary agents and writing conferences on his blog. 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 Chuck’s 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


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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Today is International Haiku Poetry Day! Click here to check out a post from The Haiku Foundation. So guess what we’re doing today? For today’s prompt, write a haiku. Simple as that. Or well, if you’d prefer, write a poem about haiku; I’ve done this before. So that’s an option too; or write about...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write a poem about (or at) a food establishment. You could pick on a chain like Taco Bell or McDonald’s, sure, but maybe there’s a local favorite–or some special dive. Heck, maybe that place where you took your first date or got your first job. Have fun with it, and if...

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The Art of Taking Critique

Technically, I’ve been criticized—I mean “critiqued”—my entire career. Whether it’s getting feedback from an audience at a play reading, notes from a book editor, or a room rewrite of a television script, my job is to translate opinions into positive changes for whatever project I’m working on. It’s a tricky business because our natural...

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6 Tips for Successful Comedy Writing

This guest post is by Mark Shatz, author of Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition: The Best-Selling Guide to Writing Funny and Getting Paid for It. Mark A. Shatz is the author of KISSing Golf: The Keep It Simple (Stupid) Instructional Method, a humorous instructional book for beginning golfers. He is also an award-winning professor...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Somehow, we’ve already Bon Jovi’d our way to the half-way there mark of this challenge. Let’s make it the rest of the way home. For today’s prompt, write a poem with at least four of the following eight words: flat ring lavish vessel paper blacklist gaudy tooth Of course, ambitious poets will immediately try...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

One more time, because I don’t have anything new to say today: If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write a time out poem. There are moments in my life that I...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Two-for-Tuesday day! For today’s prompt, take on one (or both) of the following prompts: Write a serious poem. Or… Write a silly poem. ***** Publish Your Poetry! The 2016 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers, contests, and more! With names, contact information,...

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4 Things House of Cards Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll be bringing...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Sometimes you just have to say it: I’m having a Monday. They happen. Once every seven days. Let’s poem anyway. For today’s prompt, write a defensive poem. The first thing that springs to my mind is getting defensive about an accusation, which may or may not be true. The next thing I think about...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Kelly Peterson of Corvisiero Literary

She is seeking: Middle Grade: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-fi. Young Adult: Fantasy (all sub genres of fantasy accepted), Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Historical (19th century and earlier with strong heroines), Dystopian (hold the cyborgs, the scorch, and diseases, please), Sword and Sorcery, a very selective few for Contemporary Romance, and any combination of the above with...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Wow! Day 10 already! I don’t know how to feel about being one-third of the way through this challenge already. If only there were a prompt for getting to the bottom of that… For today’s prompt, pick an emotion, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might...

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Are You Making These Setting Mistakes?

The following is a guest post by Writer’s Digest author Mary Buckham, author of A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings. She is also the author of the USA Today bestselling Invisible Recruits series, which has been touted for its unique voice, high action, and...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Today I’m going to be speaking about poetry at a conference in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Topics covered include revision (or as I like to say, “re-creation”) and platform (or “finding more readers for poetry”). If you’ll be at this event, please say hi today. If not, hope to see you at an event in...

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7 Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

BY TYLER MOSS When it comes to weddings, writing your own vows has gone from fringe fad to full-fledged trend. And no wonder—as a means of sincere self-expression on the most momentous day of your life, traditional scripts just sell the occasion short by lacking detail, distinctive voice, and acting as a sedative to...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

I hope the poems are coming easy for you this month. I know from experience that some days are easier than others and that if I just show up I never know what will happen: good or bad. For today’s prompt, write a doodle poem. In my mind, I’m thinking of how I like...

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How I Got My Literary Agent: Robin Reul

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Robin Reul, author of MY KIND OF CRAZY. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Here we are: One week into the 2016 April PAD Challenge! I’m excited; how about you? It’s been a quick week, but I’m happy with some of what I’ve wrote so far. Hopefully, it’ll keep up throughout the month. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Urban (blank),” replace the blank with a word or...

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2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

Believe it or not, we’ll be 20% of the way through this challenge after today’s poem. It amazes me how quick the month flies by every year. For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art. You can pick your own favorite piece of art if you...

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Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids — April 18 Boot Camp by the Agents at P.S. Literary (with a Critique for all Attendees)

In this Writer's Digest Boot Camp starting April 18, 2016, "Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids," the agents of P.S. Literary Agency will show you how to make your submission stand out. How do you write a children's book with commercial appeal? How do you...