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.

Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.

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The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.

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Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.

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Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.

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Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.

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Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.

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Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

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