Weekly Round-Up: Learn From Success

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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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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.

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FightWrite™: Crime Fiction and Violence

Author and trained fighter Carla Hoch answers a writer's question about writing from the perspective of criminals and when best to utilize a fight.

Poetic Forms

Sedoka: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the sedoka, a 6-line question and answer Japanese form.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Dream Sequence

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let your characters dream a little dream.

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Vintage WD: Don't Hide Your Light Verse Under a Bushel

In this article from 1960, poet and author Richard Armour explores the importance of light verse and gives helpful hints to the hopeful poet.

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Tessa Arlen: On Polite Editorial Tussles and Unraveling Mysteries

In this article, author Tessa Arlen explains how to navigate the differences between American and English audiences and create a realistic historical mystery.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 547

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 lazy poem.

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Denise Williams: Romance, Healing, and Learning to Love Revisions

Author Denise Williams recounts her experience with writing her first book while learning about the publishing industry and the biggest surprise about novel revisions.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 13th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.