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Weekly Round-Up: Learn From Success

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.


The Writing Journey

For most writers, the journey begins with books. Check out Five Books Every Writer Should Read, and tell us—what are your top five books for writers?

For advice from writers at the "debut" stage of their journeys, read 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Margaret Greenberg (nonfiction author) and 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Margaret Rogerson (fiction author).

Thinking Outside the Book 

If you want to break out of your comfort zone, check out How to Create a Protagonist Who is Very Different From You.

Novel writers can learn quite a bit from writing in other genres, but you can't always make time to try out all genres. Take a shortcut and learn from a screenwriter with 7 Top Tips to Create a Cinematic Novel.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Adrienne Rosado of Stonesong. She is seeking adult and children’s fiction, as well as select nonfiction in the areas of pop-science, business, and the occasional quirky history.

Before you send your own query letter, check out the latest edition of Successful Queries to see an example of one that worked.

If you're querying agents with a book proposal, you may not need to start writing the actual book yet—but you should. Learn about the importance of writing a section of your book before writing your proposal in Flash-Write a Portion of Your Book.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "name tag" poem.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, one character blackmails another.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

30 Poetry Prompts From 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Get all 30 poetry prompts from the 15th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge here. Actually, 35 prompts if you're counting Two-for-Tuesday prompts!

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

Many people are self-professed "stalkers" on social media, whether they're following life events of friends or celebrities. But writers can learn quite a bit on social media by stalking publishing professionals too, and this post covers the appropriate way to do so.


Samantha Vérant: On Romance and Recipes

Author Samantha Vérant discusses how her writing process changed while writing her new contemporary romance novel, The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 633

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 warm up poem.

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.

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Jessica Grose: On the Unsustainability of Parenting

Opinion writer and author Jessica Grose discusses the complicated subject of modern motherhood in her new nonfiction book, Screaming on the Inside.

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Shick discusses the complete rewrite she devoted to her debut novel, The Golden Land.