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.


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.

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.

Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Debut novelist Lacie Waldon discusses how her agent encouraged her to write what she knew, but then her editor made her realize that what she thought was boring might not be the case.

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use pedal and peddle with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Debut author Marissa Levien discusses how she always knew what the beginning and the end of her science fiction novel The World Gives Way would be, but that the middle remained elusive.

Drawing the Line for Withholding Secrets in Young Adult and Middle-Grade Novels

Drawing the Line for Withholding Secrets in Young Adult and Middle Grade Novels

Middle-grade and young adult author Ren Koppel Torres shares the top tips for how you can keep secrets from your characters and readers.

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Middle-grade author Payal Doshi discusses the sometimes-disheartening process of querying a novel and how she used rejection to fuel her passion for writing.

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WD Presents: Writer’s Digest Conference Announcements and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce that our 2021 Annual Conference will be virtual, registration is open for our 2021 in-person Novel Conference, and more!