Weekly Round-Up: Last Week’s Events and This Month’s Challenges

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. Writers Digest Logo


Recap of the WD Novel Writing Conference

We collected some words of wisdom from each day of last week’s conference. Check out these great tips from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Head over to Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides for the prompts for this year’s PAD Chapbook Challenge. We’re only on day 5, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.

  • Day 1: Write a stay poem or a go poem.
  • Day 2: Write an animal spirit or spirit animal poem.
  • Day 3: Write a poem inspired by the phrase “If I’d Only (blank).”
  • Day 4: Write an imagined life poem.

Not interested in the full-month challenge? The WD Poetic Form Challenge is to write a poem in trimeric form.

Map It Out

Even if you hate outlining, it often helps to map it out. Download a free excerpt from Creative Visualization by Nina Amir to learn how to Use Mind Mapping to Plan Your Next Writing Project. Then check out guest post An Outline for Pantsers for a way to create character-based outlines.

Not over Halloween? 

We’re still inspired by Halloween, but there’s plenty to learn from horror even if the genre makes you shudder. Discover How to Write Suspense Like Stephen King in any genre in an excerpt from Fiction Writing Master Class by William Crane, and then consider 6 Things American Horror Story Can Teach Us About Writing.

Insights and Opportunities

As always, opportunities and insights into the publishing world abound at Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents. Check out:

Learning from Failure

Finally, we all know how it feels to try something and fail. Luckily, you can learn a lot when the first draft of your novel fails. Here are 9 Ways You Succeed When Your First Draft Fails.

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