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

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.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.