Weekly Round-Up: People, Places, and Thinks

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


Our first ever Writer’s Digest’s Middle Grade & Young Adult Online Writing Conference begins today! You still have time to register—but you had better hurry. The first session begins at 1:00 P.M.

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Catch up on all PAD Chapbook Challenges from the past week.

  • Day 5: Write a wire poem.
  • Day 6: Write a phobia poem.
  • Day 7: Write an activity poem.
  • Day 8: Write a “nothing will be the same” or “nothing will ever change” poem.
  • Day 9: Write a poem entitled “Call Me [blank],” filling in the blank with your own word or phrase.
  • Day 10: Write a tragic poem.
  • Day 11: Write a description poem.


This week’s new literary agent alert is for Ayanna Coleman of Quill Shift Literary Agency. She is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction in all genres, with characters that represent our multicultural society.

Enter Your Story contest #78 by November 21 for a chance to win publication in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest.

People and Places

Crafting realistic characters and settings is important for a successful story. If you’re worried about the people, check out 4 Ways to Write a Compelling Character or 5 Tips for Writing Appealing Characters. If you’re preoccupied with setting, try 3 Ways to Portray Place on the Page and How to Write Time-Travel Historical Fiction.

Think About It

Speaking of places, consider whether your writing environment is working for you and find out How to Create an Inspiring Work Space (for under $20).

Writing can be hard, and sometimes changing your space isn’t enough. If you’re feeling stressed or frustrated, it may be time to read Writing Advice: How to Fight Through Self Doubt7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Laurie Flynn, and 6 Tips for Getting Rid of Writer’s Block.

Check out a #ThrowbackThursday to “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schultz’s 1965 contribution to Writer’s Digest Yearbook to round out your week by musing on what happiness is.

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