Weekly Round-Up: Find Some Inspiration

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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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Find Some Inspiration

Writers can find inspiration anywhere. Even if you're not a poet, the 10 Best Winter Poems for Poets and Lovers of Poetry will prepare your creativity for the next three months. If you are a poet, check out the Wednesday Poetry Prompt: Write a reflection poem. For even more inspiration, expand your horizons with 5 Poets No One's Heard of but Should.

You may find inspiration in your own life. Read Cindi Michael's reflection on How Writing a Memoir Can Help You Heal.

For many of us, music has a way of touching our emotions. Find out how writers can use those emotions and find writing inspiration in music.

Straight to the Point

Want to know how to write a bestseller? Check out Katie Oliver's 5 Easy Steps to Writing a Bestseller, starting with the most important step: write a good book. Then read 7 Misconceptions About Revision and learn how to take your story from "eh" to "awesome."

It doesn't matter how good the idea for your book is or how successfully you've revised, though, if the manuscript is riddled with wrong-word errors. Find out how to proofread like a professional so no slip-ups get in your way, and keep this copy editing and proofreading checklist at your side.

Opportunities

This week, our new literary agent alert is for Hannah Fergesen of KT Literary. Hannah is looking for young adult, middle-grade, and some adult fiction, primarily speculative and contemporary in a wide range of genres.

While preparing for publication, check out 7 Things I've Learned So Far, by Jenn Bishop, and seize the opportunity to use someone else's experience to your benefit.

Congratulations to our winner of the Writer's Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the dizain. Find out if you won here, and don't forgot to keep up with the challenges at Poetic Asides for a chance to win next time.

Essential Holiday Tips

Think you're prepared for the 2016 holiday season? Check off two tasks from your to-do list by reading 5 Life-Saving Techniques for Surviving a Garden Gnome Attack During the Holidays to ensure total readiness and find a last-minute gift for that humor lover or gardener in your life.

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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Relying on Perfect Conditions to Write

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is relying on perfect conditions to write.

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WD Presents: Contest Deadline Announcement and a Flash Fiction Challenge

This week, we’re excited to announce the deadline for our Self-Published Book Awards, the guidelines for the upcoming Flash Fiction Challenge, and more!

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For the Travel and Nature Writer: Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Words Insightful

Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares some insight for travel and nature writers, including how travel helps keep your mind sharp and words insightful, whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction, sports, politics, or something else entirely.

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Olga Grushin: The No Man's Land Between Genres

Award-winning author Olga Grushin discusses what it meant to wade into a new genre and how she put her spin on the fairy tale retelling.

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Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.

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The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.

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Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.

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Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.