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Weekly Round-Up: A Very Good Place to Start

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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Mostly Harmless

To celebrate the anniversary of the day The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy first hit bookstores, check out Don’t Panic: 14 Underappreciated Douglas Adams Quotes for Writers, the Universe and Everyone.

Let's Start From the Very Beginning

If you're a future debut author, prepare for your introduction to the publishing world with the latest edition of Debut Authors Tell All.

When you read, you begin with ABC. When you tell a story, what do you begin with? Start with The ABCs of Story: Plots, Subplots, and Sub-Subplots.

What's happens if you've made it past the beginning, but you want to get started writing in a new genre or for a different age group? Well, as it turns out, there might be more to learn. Check out Switching Genres: How One Author Transitioned from a Young Adult Audience to Adult for more.

Agents and Opportunities

Meet agent Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Hoffman & Associates LLC. She is seeking nonfiction, and she is also open to middle-grade, young adult, and adult fiction.

Check out the latest edition of How I Got My Agent for some advice that's both humorous and helpful.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "connection" poem.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Bruce W. Niedt and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

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 world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).