Weekly Round-Up: Make the Most of Your Writing Life

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

Tips and Tricks

As always, our posts are filled with practical tips for you to reference throughout the writing process. This week, read 7 Reasons Writers of Serious Novels Should Use Humor in Their Fiction and consider the way using humor affects your writing. After that, check out common writing “rules” that you can ignore or alter, and then learn how to review your plot by making the planning techniques you already use work for you in the revision stage.

Another important aspect of the writing process is the environment you create for yourself. Get the most out of your writing life by joining a supportive writing community, taking care of yourself, and making writing a priority.

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

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

  • Day 12: Write a poem that uses the name of a month as the title.
  • Day 13: Write a poem about something that happens regularly.
  • Day 14: Write a dedication poem.
  • Day 15: Write a natural poem or an unnatural poem.
  • Day 16: Write a poem entitled “Play (blank),” replacing the blank with a word or phrase.
  • Day 17: Write a paper poem.
  • Day 18: Write a poem using the words band, logic, pack, web, froth, and clean.


This week’s new literary agent alert is for Molly O’Neill of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. She is looking for young adult and middle-grade fiction.

Other opportunities from this past week include “Your First Ten Pages”, a writing boot camp that started on Thursday and runs through tomorrow. But don’t worry if you missed out—we have plenty of upcoming boot camps and workshops. Subscribe to our blogs for updates about online opportunities.

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