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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.


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.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Writer's Digest July/Aug 2022

The WD Interview: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The bestselling author of Mexican Gothic shares her approach to world-building, character development, and what she’s learned about the business of writing in this interview from the July/August 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

9 Pros and Cons of Writing a Newsletter

Thinking of starting your own newsletter? Let freelance writer Sian Meades-Williams lay out 9 pros and cons of writing a newsletter.

How to Write a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

How to Create a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

Learn how to create a compelling premise for a thriller or mystery novel by asking a simple question and tying it to a specific circumstance to set the stage for a thrilling read.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters make a plan.

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

If you've ever heard it said that there's no new way to write a story, let author Julian R. Vaca tell you otherwise. Here, he shares 3 tips for writing dystopian young adult fiction to help silence our inner critics.

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.