Weekly Round-Up: Hello, November!

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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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November Means NaNoWriMo

In honor of National Novel Writing Month 2017, check out NaNoWriMo Inspiration: 10 First Lines from Recent Bestsellers. If you want more inspiration throughout the whole month, head on over to Twitter for the @WritersDigest NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day.

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

November also means it's time to head over to Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides for the prompts for this year’s November PAD Chapbook Challenge. We’re only on day 4, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.

Thrills and Giggles

Halloween has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the scares are over. If you’re a horror fan, check out 5 Literary Agents Discuss the Horror Genre.

What Halloween tableau is complete without a full moon? Well, in Andy Weir’s upcoming novel Artemis, the only thing the moon is full of is a colony of people. Read interview outtakes from the January 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest here: The Martian Author Andy Weir Discusses Sci-Fi, Research and His Upcoming Novel Artemis.

There’s never a bad time to work on a thriller novel. Even better? Make ‘em laugh at the same time. Read Thrilling Humor: 5 Tips for Incorporating Humor into Thriller Novels (and Other Serious Fiction).

Once they start laughing, you’ve got to keep it going. Check out How to Transform Funny Stories into Comedy Writing Gold.

All in This Together

Writing doesn’t have to be a lonely life. Learn about some of the ways writing groups can make a big difference in For Whom the Critique Group Tolls.

In an effort to make your writing more inclusive, you may be writing LGBTQI+ characters. Check out 6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing LGBTQI+ Characters in Teen Fiction.

Short stories are generally standalones. But sometimes a short story begs for more—more characters, more plot lines, mores research, more drama. Read Transforming a Short Story Into a Novel for those times when you've just got more story pieces that all need to come together.

Agents and Opportunities

This week’s agent spotlight shines on Wendi Gu of Janklow & Nesbit. She is seeking picture books with elegant and eclectic color palettes, nuanced character expression and dynamic composition, and unconventional illustration mediums like cut paper and photo illustration. She also represents adult titles in literary fiction and nonfiction.

6 Tools for Writing Nonfiction That Breathes

6 Tools for Writing Nonfiction That Breathes

Nonfiction author Liz Heinecke gives her top 6 tips for crafting a nonfiction book that will really capture your subject.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 27

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write something that makes you laugh.

Poetic Forms

Ars Poetica: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at ars poetica and the art of writing poems about poems.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 26

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write about an article of clothing.

Authors Share Tips on Writing Mystery and Thriller Novels That Readers Love

23 Authors Share Tips on Writing Mystery and Thriller Novels That Readers Love

23 authors share tips on writing mystery and thriller novels that readers love, covering topics related to building suspense, inserting humor, crafting incredible villains, and figuring out the time of death.

Jaclyn Goldis: From Personal History to Historical Fiction

Jaclyn Goldis: From Personal History to Historical Fiction

Debut author Jaclyn Goldis explains how her novel When We Were Young was inspired by her real-life grandmothers and how many times she rewrote her first chapter.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Forced Decision

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Forced Decision

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, force a character to make a decision.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 25

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write about a cryptid.

From the Practical to the Mystic: 7 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

From the Practical to the Mystic: 7 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Bestselling author Erika Robuck provides her top 7 tips for creating an engaging historical fiction novel.