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Weekly Round-Up: Goodbyes and Good Books

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.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Dance Time

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Dance Time

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters dance.

Convention-al Wisdom: Why I Love Attending Cons as a Writer

Convention-al Wisdom: Why I Love Attending Cons as a Writer

Russell James shares how convention act as more than networking events for writers, but as an opportunity to be face-to-face with your readers, to make new friends, and more.

Alicia Thompson: On Writing Romance in Isolating Times

Alicia Thompson: On Writing Romance in Isolating Times

Writer Alicia Thompson discusses what she learned about herself in writing her new romance novel, Love in the Time of Serial Killers.

Examples of Hooks for Books

60 Examples of Hooks for Books

This post collects 60 examples of hooks for books. Also called elevator pitches, these book hooks show real-life examples in a variety of writing genres for fiction and nonfiction books.

How To Turn Artifacts and Research Into a Family Memoir

How To Turn Artifacts and Research Into a Family Memoir

A century’s old family heirloom acted as a clue to the past for author Cornelia Maude Spelman. Here, she shares how to turn artifacts and research into a family memoir.

Miriam Parker: On Writing the Book You Want To Read

Miriam Parker: On Writing the Book You Want To Read

Author and publisher Miriam Parker discusses her surprise at writing her new novel, Room and Board.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 622

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 story poem.

7 Tips for Fictionalizing Real Historical Characters

7 Tips for Fictionalizing Real Historical Characters

When to retell history, when to imagine new scenarios, and who’s safe to use as a subject—author Gill Paul shares 7 tips for fictionalizing real historical characters.

A Thief in the Market

A Thief in the Market

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone is stealing from small business owners.