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Weekly Round-Up: Get Things Started

Every week our editors publish around 10 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.


Begin the Countdown... NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month begins November 1st—less than two weeks away! If you're considering participating this year, check out How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing.

Give your novel a kickstart: Read Launching Into Scenes with Action, and get things moving!

If you're planning to spend November writing (and writing, and writing), you'll need some music to help get you in the writing zone. Check out Writer’s Digest Radio: A Classical Playlist for Writing.

Testing the Waters

There are many disagreements in the world of writing. For a better idea of the disagreement surrounding prologues and a feel for whether or not a prologue belongs in your book, read The Great Debate: To Prologue or Not to Prologue?

Should you move forward with your novel idea? Read What Color Are Your Ideas? to figure out whether you should give your idea the green light.

Are you rewriting the beginning of your novel, story, or article over and over, and yet you still aren't getting the right feel? Check out Feeling the Words You Write to understand why that might be the case.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Lexi Wangler of Massie & McQuilkin. She is seeking literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, crime fiction, cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, essay collections, memoir and young adult fiction.

Are you a children's author? Check out 30 Reasons to Read Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018 (Plus a Giveaway!).

So you've written a great book and decided to go the self-publishing route. What next? Read Marketing & Sales Perspectives for Indie Authors to help your book find its audience.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "I Believe You" poem.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Marie Elena Good and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Read guest post An Affective Singularity by Nate Pritts, author of the award-winning book of poetry Decoherence.

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.

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Jessica Grose: On the Unsustainability of Parenting

Opinion writer and author Jessica Grose discusses the complicated subject of modern motherhood in her new nonfiction book, Screaming on the Inside.

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Shick discusses the complete rewrite she devoted to her debut novel, The Golden Land.

6 Habits Writers Can Learn From Athletes

6 Habits Writers Can Learn From Athletes

Author and athlete Henriette Lazaridis shares six tips and habits that writers can learn from athletes.

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WD Presents: Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Websites, Our Historical Fiction Virtual Conference, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce the deadline to nominate your favorite writing websites, our Historical Fiction Virtual Conference, and more!

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

From having reverence for the original to making it your own, author Nikki Payne shares four tips for writing a modern retelling.

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use faint vs. feint in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples. Plus, we answer whether it's "faint of heart" or "feint of heart."

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter | Book Recommendations

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter

Here are 6 book recommendation perfect for winter reading.