Weekly Round-Up: Fathers and First-Time Authors

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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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Happy Father's Day!

To celebrate Father's Day, make sure to check out 7 Quotes From Writers About Dads.

Breaking In …

If you hope to be published, there are many difficulties to face. Check out How to Stay Sane While Working on Your Debut for tips on making it through.

Read Debut Authors Tell All: Mike Malbrough, Picture Book Author for even more tips on making it as a debut author.

… And Continuing Onwards

The work isn't over just because you've been published. In 5 Things All Writers Should Know When Writing a Second Novel, find out about WD Editorial Director Jessica Strawser's experience working on her second novel, Not That I Could Tell (and get a look at its recently released cover!).

Sometimes, authors finally get their big break a few books into their careers when they change things up. Learn more in Breaking Out by Changing It Up: Write Something New.

Agents and Opportunities

This week, catch an agent update for Becky LeJeune of the Bond Literary Agency. She is seeking commercial YA and adult projects in the following genres: speculative fiction (horror, SFF, and all sub genres), mystery/suspense, thrillers, historical fiction, and general/literary fiction.

When you go the self-publishing route, you have the opportunity to choose your own editor. Read How to Work with a Freelance Editor: An Indie Author’s Experience to learn how to go about getting an editor.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "Land of (blank)" poem.

Why do you write poetry? Check out Why I Write Poetry: Robert Lee Brewer and consider submitting your own essay that shares why you write poetry.

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Copywriter and author Sarah Echavarre Smith discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, On Location.

Taylor Anderson: On Creating Realism in the Weird

Taylor Anderson: On Creating Realism in the Weird

New York Times bestselling author Taylor Anderson discusses the process of writing his new science fiction novel, Purgatory's Shore.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 583

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 fall poem.

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

For over a decade, author Joshua Glenn has been researching adventure-related terms. Now, he's sharing what he's learned for other writers to add to their lexicon.

Moral Compass

Moral Compass

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone with an unfailing moral compass.

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Author, translator, and editor Daniel Levin Becker discusses his hopes for future letter writing like those featured in the new anthology, Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer.

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between e.g. and i.e. with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprise in the Writing Process

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprises in the Writing Process

Experienced writers know to expect the unexpected. Here are surprises in the writing process from 20 authors, including Amanda Jayatissa, Paul Neilan, Kristin Hannah, and Robert Jones, Jr.

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Author Ruth Hogan discusses the process of learning a new skill in writing her new novel, The Moon, The Stars and Madame Burova.