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Weekly Round-Up: Fun and Family

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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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.

Allusion vs. Elusion vs. Illusion (Grammar Rules)

Allusion vs. Elusion vs. Illusion (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between allusion, elusion, and illusion with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

Prepare for the 14th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Visit WritersDigest.com each day of November to get a prompt and write a poem. Then, use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript.

How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author

How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author

Learn the process indie author Amanda Aksel went through in getting her novel Delia Suits Up traditionally published, including questions she asked herself and weighing one strategy against the other.

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WD Presents: 6 New WDU Courses, An Upcoming Webinar, a Competition Deadline, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 6 new WDU Courses, an upcoming webinar, a competition deadline, and more!

Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process

Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process

A publisher accepting your manuscript is just the beginning, not the end. Author Rick Lauber discusses how to work with a nonfiction book publisher from query letter to release date and beyond.

From Script

Writing Empowered Superheroes in CWs Supergirl and Understanding Animation From the Trenches (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by Script Magazine, story editor Katiedid “Did” Langrock speaks with Reckless Creatives podcast. Plus, one-on-one interview with CWs Supergirl actress turned scribe Azie Tesfai about her groundbreaking episode and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is writing a characterless character.

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

Fiction editor and author Kris Spisak ties together her seven processes for self-editing novels, including editorial road-mapping, character differentiation analysis, reverse editing, and more.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Unold Crwca: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn unold crwca, a Welsh quatrain form.