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.

How Do I Get My Poetry Published?

How Do I Get My Poetry Published?

Learn how to get your poetry published, whether you're trying to get a poem or an entire book of poems published.

Dyslexia Is a Writer's Superpower (With Help)

Dyslexia Is a Writer's Superpower (With Help)

Author PJ Manney shares how dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia should not be viewed as impediments to becoming a writer. Rather, they should be viewed as writing superpowers, especially when paired with certain technologies.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Falsely Accused

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Falsely Accused

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character get falsely accused for something.

By Any Means Necessary: Finding Unorthodox Ways to Break-In

By Any Means Necessary: Finding Unorthodox Ways to Break-In

Novelist D. Eric Maikranz gives advice for how to get your readers to sit up and take notice of your work in untraditional ways.

M.M. Chouinard: On Jumping From One Project to Another

M.M. Chouinard: On Jumping From One Project to Another

Novelist M.M. Chouinard immediately started writing her second book after finishing her first and shares here why that was the best decision she could have made.

How to Write a Eulogy When the Need Arises

How to Write a Eulogy When the Need Arises

While plenty of eulogies are delivered by a clergy member, the perspective provided by a close friend or family member can retell cherished memories of the deceased. If you find yourself needing to pen one, let this advice by Paul Vachon guide you.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 564

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a disappointment poem.

How to Approach Friends and Family About Your Memoir

How to Approach Friends and Family About Your Memoir

No one can decide whether showing your memoir to loved ones before it goes to press is the right choice for you. However, if you're planning to approach your friends and family about it, let memoirist Ronit Plank give you 3 tips for doing so.