Weekly Round-Up: Fantasy and Reality

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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.

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A Whole New World

Are you interested in writing science fiction or fantasy? Find out How to Build Fantastic Worlds. Then, when you're putting in the work to create your world, make sure you consider these 6 Tips for World Building in Your Fantasy.

Even if you're writing about a real country—like England, if you're an American, or vice versa—it's still important to build and understand the world of your story. One way to do that? Language. Check out this Guide to British vs. American English to make sure you're fully inhabiting your story world.

The Realities of Writing Life

Editorial Director Jessica Strawser has been part of the WD community for years, but it's only in preparation for the release of her debut novel, Almost Missed You, on March 28 that she's truly come to understand the value of a writing community. Here, she shares 5 Reasons Fellow Writers Are Essential to Your Life.

Read What Your Writing Life Looks Like as a Professional to understand the differences between the expectation and the reality of being a professional writer.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for John Bowers of the Bent Agency. He is looking for Southern Gothic and Southern-influenced literary fiction, historical fiction, idea-driven science fiction and dystopian fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

Online writing contests have been growing in popularity on social media. Read The Benefits of Participating in Writing Contests on Twitter to understand why, and get started!

Poetic Asides

April is almost here, which means it's time to prepare yourself for the 10th Annual April PAD Challenge. Find out more here. Then check out some samples from the 2016 April PAD Challenge.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "improvement" poem. Then challenge yourself by trying a new poetic form: the descort.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters split up.

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Deborah Hall, 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winner

The winner of the 2020 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards discusses the inspiration behind her first-place poem, “The Loneliest Whale."

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Author Kerry Winfrey wrote her latest romance, Very Sincerely Yours, during the 2020 pandemic to comfort herself. Here, she's explaining why that tone is important for readers.

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The 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WD Poetry Awards!

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Your Story #113

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

Author E.J. Levy discusses her journey with drafting and redrafting her historical fiction novel, The Cape Doctor, and why her first draft was her best draft.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 569

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an "In the Name of Blank" poem.

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover Reveal

The July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest features a collection of articles about writing for change plus an interview with Jasmine Guillory about her newest romance, While We Were Dating.