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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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Recap of the WD Novel Writing Conference

We collected some words of wisdom from each day of last week's conference. Check out these great tips from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Head over to Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides for the prompts for this year's PAD Chapbook Challenge. We're only on day 5, so there's plenty of time to catch up.

Not interested in the full-month challenge? The WD Poetic Form Challenge is to write a poem in trimeric form.

Map It Out

Even if you hate outlining, it often helps to map it out. Download a free excerpt from Creative Visualization by Nina Amir to learn how to Use Mind Mapping to Plan Your Next Writing Project. Then check out guest post An Outline for Pantsers for a way to create character-based outlines.

Not over Halloween? 

We're still inspired by Halloween, but there's plenty to learn from horror even if the genre makes you shudder. Discover How to Write Suspense Like Stephen King in any genre in an excerpt from Fiction Writing Master Class by William Crane, and then consider 6 Things American Horror Story Can Teach Us About Writing.

Insights and Opportunities

As always, opportunities and insights into the publishing world abound at Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents. Check out:

Learning from Failure

Finally, we all know how it feels to try something and fail. Luckily, you can learn a lot when the first draft of your novel fails. Here are 9 Ways You Succeed When Your First Draft Fails.

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

Whether you're looking for something cozy or a little spooky, these books are perfect for the fall season.

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

When it comes to a 30 day writing challenge like NaNoWriMo, do you need to prep beforehand to achieve success? Well, that might depend on what kind of writer you are.

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Copywriter and author Sarah Echavarre Smith discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, On Location.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 583

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 fall poem.

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

For over a decade, author Joshua Glenn has been researching adventure-related terms. Now, he's sharing what he's learned for other writers to add to their lexicon.

Moral Compass

Moral Compass

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone with an unfailing moral compass.

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Author, translator, and editor Daniel Levin Becker discusses his hopes for future letter writing like those featured in the new anthology, Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer.

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between e.g. and i.e. with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprise in the Writing Process

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprises in the Writing Process

Experienced writers know to expect the unexpected. Here are surprises in the writing process from 20 authors, including Amanda Jayatissa, Paul Neilan, Kristin Hannah, and Robert Jones, Jr.