Weekly Round-Up: Fun and Family

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Have Some Fun

Stumped about what book to read next? Let this flowchart make the decision for you.

It's summer! That means it's time for camp, right? Join Camp NaNoWriMo and get that novel written. Check out the Top 5 Reasons Every Writer Should Join Camp NaNoWriMo to learn more.

To have fun while working on your romantic thriller novel, ask yourself, "How can I make things worse?" Read 6 Ways to Improve Your Romantic Thriller Novel to find out how that can help.

Agents and Opportunities

This week, meet agent Anjali Singh of Ayesha Pande Literary. She is seeking graphic novels (YA and adult), memoir, and literary fiction.

When it comes to opportunities for finding agents, sending query letters is just the beginning. Check out The Power of Contests: Create Your Own Luck for one author's story of finding an agent through a contest.

After you're convinced that a contest might be worth your time, find some practical advice in Preparing for Twitter Pitching Contests, Including #SFFpit This Week!

Finally, don't forget the importance of in-person interactions. Read An Agent’s Perspective: Why You Should Be Attending Conferences & Workshops as a Writer to learn more.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a bug poem. Then try out a new poetic form: the huitain.

This week's poetry spotlight shines on Poetry Slam Inc. Learn more about the organization and this year's main event here.

Reasons for Writing

Writers are often told to get personal, but you may worry that writing about family will hit a little too close to home. Read Why I Write About My Parents, and consider writing about your own parents.

Why do you write poetry? Check out Why I Write Poetry: Nurit Israeli and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

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

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Deborah Hall, 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winner

The winner of the 2020 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards discusses the inspiration behind her first-place poem, “The Loneliest Whale."

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Author Kerry Winfrey wrote her latest romance, Very Sincerely Yours, during the 2020 pandemic to comfort herself. Here, she's explaining why that tone is important for readers.

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The 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WD Poetry Awards!

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Your Story #113

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

Author E.J. Levy discusses her journey with drafting and redrafting her historical fiction novel, The Cape Doctor, and why her first draft was her best draft.

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.