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.

Poetic Forms

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.

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Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.

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Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.

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Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

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 future poem.