Weekly Round-Up: Last Week's Events and This Month's Challenges

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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.

Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.


The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.


Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.


Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.


Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.


Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.


Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

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

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

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 future poem.