Weekly Round-Up: Author Insights and Challenge Winners

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Author Insights

Anxiety is a very common issue, especially when it comes to things we’ve lovingly, carefully created. Read 5 Ways to Combat Author Anxiety if you are among the many who have experienced this common phenomenon.

Less common, but still difficult, is co-writing. Here are 10 Great Tips on How to Write a Book with a Co-author so you can make that project productive instead of painful.

For less specific advice, check out Helen Klein Ross’s 10 Rules of Writing a Novel7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Rachel Dunne, Debbie Macomber’s answers to the novel-writing questions you should be asking. Then learn how to use moral stakes to create an emotional response or experience for a reader in this excerpt from Donald Maass’s The Emotional Craft of Fiction.

Pique Your Interest

It’s easy to get sidetracked from reading and writing by TV. Luckily, there’s a lot to learn from the storytelling techniques of our favorite TV shows. Feel better about your latest binge-watching session by reading 5 Things Breaking Bad Can Teach Us About Writing.

And if you find yourself constantly tripping up when using homonyms in your writing, learn how to tell the difference between peak, peek, and pique.

Poetry Challenges

Congratulations to William Preston, winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku Sonnet. Read his poem “Waterfall” and find out if you made the top 10 here.

The 2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge is over. If you participated in the challenge, you have until January 15, 2017 to revise your poems and submit your manuscript for judging. Check out the PAD Chapbook Challenge Next Steps, and don’t miss the last set of prompts:

  • Day 26: Write a visitor poem.
  • Day 27: Write a falling apart poem.
  • Day 28: Write a poem using “I Want (Blank)” as the title, replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 29: Write a love poem or an anti-love poem.
  • Day 30: Write a last chance poem.

Opportunities

This week’s new literary agent alert is for Serene Hakim of Ayesha Pande Literary. Serene is seeking young adult literature, especially science fiction and fantasy, women’s fiction, and humorous and fascinating memoirs. She is particularly interested in underrepresented and/or marginalized voices, including stories dealing with the Middle East, immigrant experiences, and LGBTQ and feminist issues.

Throughout November, literary agents and editors put out calls for diverse books on Twitter. Check out the list of calls for #diversebooks and #ownvoices.

There are also two “Dear Lucky Agent” contests live through December 31. Check out the 28th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Memoir and the 29th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Historical Fiction.

Finally, don’t miss our agent one-on-one boot camp, How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent, starting on December 12. Spots are limited, so sign up while you still can!

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