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

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.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 597

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 "Imagine a World..." poem.

How To Create a Podcast, Develop an Audience, and Get Your Novel Published

How To Create a Podcast, Develop an Audience, and Get Your Novel Published

We’ve discussed podcasting to help promote the book you’ve written—but what about podcasting as a way to tell the story itself? Here, author Liz Keller Whitehurst discusses how the podcast of her novel, Messenger, came to be.

Hunter or Hunted?

Hunter or Hunted?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, we're in the middle of a hunt.

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory from Writer's Digest magazine, which includes advice from 41 agents, 39 debut authors, and 27 small presses.

The Idaho Review: Market Spotlight

The Idaho Review: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at The Idaho Review, a literary journal accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions.

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you're using an abbreviation vs. acronym vs. initialism with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

What Is Investigative Journalism?

What Is Investigative Journalism?

Alison Hill breaks down the definition of investigative journalism, how good investigative journalism makes for sweeping societal change, and how the landscape of the work is evolving.

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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, an Upcoming Virtual Conference, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce six new WDU courses, a romance writing virtual conference, and more!

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Past experiences taught bestselling author Alan Russell to tread lightly when it came to collaborating on projects. Here, he discusses how the right person and the right story helped him go from a “me” to a “we.”