Weekly Round-Up: Fearless in the Face of the Unknown

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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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Writer Websites

Make sure to check out WD's 101 Best Websites for Writers, including these three newbies.

A Matter of Life and Death

Learn How to Write Your Life from Babette Hughes, novelist, memoirist, and contributor to Huffington Post.

When you move on from (writing about) your own life, you may consider writing about the afterlife. Here are 5 Tips on Writing About the Afterlife.

Have you watched Netflix series 13 Reasons Why? Now check out 6 Tips on Writing from Jay Asher, author of the bestselling novel Thirteen Reasons Why.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent update is for Roseanne Wells of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She is seeking picture books, young adult fiction, and nonfiction. She is especially interested in diverse voices.

Find out what makes a successful query letter: Read an agent's take on her client's query letter for a debut novel.

Poetic Asides

We're two weeks into our 10th Annual April PAD Challenge. Catch up on all of the prompts so far:

  • Day 8: Write a "panic" poem.
  • Day 9: Write a poem titled "So (blank)," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 10: Write a travel poem.
  • Day 11: Two-for-Tuesday! Write a sonnet, or write an anti-form poem.
  • Day 12: Write a "guilty" poem.
  • Day 13: Write a "family" poem.
  • Day 14: Write a poem using a popular saying as the title.

Be Fearless

Don't be afraid to stand out from the pack. Develop your unique writing voice to distinguish you from every other writer. Learn how with Don't Find Your Writing Voice—Accept It.

If you write short stories, it's time to stretch yourself. Find out how to put together a story collection with Writing, Compiling, and Arranging Short Stories.

The Story That Drove Me to Write

The Story That Drove Me to Write

Award-winning author Stephanie Kane shares the book that launched her career and provides insights for how you can pursue your story.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Epiphany Moment

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Epiphany Moment

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character experience an epiphany.

Eat Your Words: Your 8-Point Checklist for Writing Original Recipes

Eat Your Words: Your 8-Point Checklist for Writing Original Recipes

Food writer, cook, and committed vegan Peggy Brusseau explains how you can craft a cookbook that engages your reader and stands out from the crowd.

Flash Fiction Challenge

28 Writing Prompts for the 2021 Flash Fiction Challenge Challenge

Find all 28 poetry prompts for the 2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge Challenge in this post.

How to Not Write in the Pandemic, Early Days

How to Not Write in the Pandemic, Early Days

Novelist Rebecca Hardiman gives us an insight into the obstacles that cropped up for writers at the start of the 2020 global pandemic.

7 Tips for Writing Police Procedurals That Readers Love

7 Tips for Writing Police Procedurals That Readers Love

Mystery and crime novelist Russ Thomas explains how best to create a police procedural that will hook your reader and keep them coming back for more.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 560

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 alien poem.

3 Tips for Writing with a Co-Author

3 Tips for Writing with a Co-Author

Shakil Ahmad provides the top 3 things he learned while co-authoring the book Wild Sun with his brother Ehsan.

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WD Interview: Viet Thanh Nguyen on The Committed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the challenges of writing his second novel, The Committed, and why trusting readers can make for a more compelling narrative in this WD interview.