Weekly Round-Up: Goodbyes and Good Books

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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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Follow Your Dream

Congratulations to Jessica Strawser, erstwhile editorial director of Writer's Digest, who is scaling back her role here to focus on her career as a novelist. Find out more in From One Writing Dream Job to Another.

Have you always wanted to write, but worry you should have started years ago and now it's too late? Read A New Career as a Writer at Age 72 for a writing journey that began with retirement.

If you need some courage to take that step into writing, check out 5 Lessons from 5 Writers Who Inspired Me to Pursue My Dream.

Inspiration and Ideas

Yesterday was the day that the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows took place. In celebration, try out a Harry Potter writing prompt.

For literary allusions, look no further than your favorite cartoon—"The Simpsons." Read Much Ad’oh About Nothing to learn more about literary storylines and guest stars on the show.

Where do authors get ideas for content that aren't just interesting but are also dramatic? Check out How to Find Content That Yields Drama for some advice.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new agent alert is for Meg LaTorre-Snyder of the Covisiero Literary Agency. She is seeking YA, NA, and adult fantasy, historical fiction, romance (with magical elements), space opera, steam punk, and thrillers (with magical elements).

Check out the latest edition of How I Got My Agent for a real world example of a successful query.

The world of publishing can be confusing. Check out an infographic on The Basics of Copyright for a simple explanation of an important publishing issue.

To learn even more about the world of publishing, read So, You Want to Work in Publishing: The Role of a Publicist.

Poetic Asides

Congratulations to the winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge for the Curtal Sonnet! Read the winning poem and see whose entries made the Top 10 list.

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

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Sasha A. Palmer and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exaggerated poem.

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5 Tips on How to Write a Cunning but Cozy Mystery Novel

Author Jennifer J. Chow shares her expertise on what makes a great cozy mystery novel engaging and thrilling.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's two-for-Tuesday prompt is to write a love and/or anti-love poem.

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Steal vs. Steel vs. Still (Grammar Rules)

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

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an explanation poem.

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WD Presents: Upcoming Short Short Story Competition Deadline and Writer's Digest Turns 100!

This week, we’re excited to announce the upcoming deadline for the Short Short Story Competition, seven new writing courses, and more.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a bird poem.

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Telling Our Family Stories: 4 Reasons Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Write Our Family Narratives

Nonfiction author Mary Beth Sammons explores the questions that cause us to learn more about our ancestries and what we learn about ourselves and each other when we do so.