Weekly Round-Up: Get Things Started

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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.

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Begin the Countdown...

...to 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.

From Our Readers

Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

Your story belongs to you but will involve other people. Where do your rights end and theirs begin?

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Editor-in-chief Amy Jones navigates how to know your target audience, and how knowing will make your writing stronger.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 575

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 safe poem.

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I Spy

Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, someone is watching your narrator ... but there's a twist.

Brian Freeman: On "Rebooting" Another Writer's Legacy

Brian Freeman: On "Rebooting" Another Writer's Legacy

In this article, Brian Freeman, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Treachery, discusses how he took up the mantle of a great series and made it his own.

Sole vs. Soul (Grammar Rules)

Sole vs. Soul (Grammar Rules)

Learn how to distinguish the sole from the soul with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Writing Workshop or Conference

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Writing Workshop or Conference

In this brave new world of virtual learning and social distance, Kristy Stevenson helps us make the most of the virtual conference.

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

Writers of historical fiction must always ride the line between factual and fictitious. Here, author Terry Roberts discusses how to navigate that line.