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Weekly Round-Up: Fantasy and Reality

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.

Welcome to the World

Welcome to the World

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, set your story on a brand new world.

Emiko Jean: On Writing About Complicated Mother-Daughter Relationships

Emiko Jean: On Writing About Complicated Mother-Daughter Relationships

Author Emiko Jean discusses the seed of an idea that became her new novel, Mika in Real Life.

Sarah Zachrich Jeng: On Trying Out Different Endings

Sarah Zachrich Jeng: On Trying Out Different Endings

Debut novelist Sarah Zachrich Jeng discusses the process of writing her thriller novel, The Other Me.

From Script

Five Things Readers Wish Every Writer Knew (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, learn five simple but invaluable lessons to make readers’ lives a bit easier and make your script a smoother read.

3 Tips for Writing a Second Chance Romance

3 Tips for Writing a Second Chance Romance

What makes second chance romance so enticing to read and challenging to write? Author Kerry Winfrey offers 3 tips for writing a second chance romance.

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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 6 WDU courses, a chance to be published, and more!

6 Things My Career as a Travel Writer Taught Me About Writing a Memoir

6 Things My Career as a Travel Writer Taught Me About Writing a Memoir

After 30 years as a travel writer, Mark Chesnut spent his days exploring the world and writing about what he saw. Here, he shares 6 things his career as a travel writer taught him about writing his first memoir.

Inspiration vs. Perspiration: Where Do Middle-Grade Fiction Ideas Come From?

Inspiration vs. Perspiration: Where Do Middle-Grade Fiction Ideas Come From?

Where does inspiration come from? Author Melissa Dassori shares what helped inspire her debut middle-grade novel, and offers four ways to dig for ideas for your own stories.

Matt & Harrison Query: On a Story’s Evolution

Matt & Harrison Query: On a Story’s Evolution

Matt & Harrison Query discuss the short story origins that led to their new horror novel, Old Country.