Weekly Round-Up: Looking Ahead

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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.


Kickstart Your 2017

Get ready to start 2017 on the "write" foot. Make some Poetry Resolutions for 2017 (or use these examples to inspire non-poetry writing resolutions).

Next, prepare your mindset for two resolutions at once with 4 Lessons Running Can Teach You About Writing

">4 Lessons Running Can Teach You About Writing.

Finally, refresh your approach to literary agents with this three-part series:


This week, our new literary agent alert is for Rick Pascocello of Glass Literary. Rick is interested in working with nonfiction authors who bring a unique perspective to memoir, biography, business, history, narrative nonfiction, sports, popular culture, social commentary, and other thought-provoking ideas, as well as mainstream and literary fiction writers whose voices ring true on every page.

If you're looking for an agent, make sure to enter our 30th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest. This time, the contest is focused on middle grade fiction.

Poetic Asides

For the last Wednesday Poetry Prompt of 2017, write a poem with the title "An Unsuitable (blank) for (blank)," replacing each blank with a word or phrase. Then try out the roundelay poem.

Did you try all of 2016's poetic forms? If not, check out the 2016 List of Poetic Forms.

Looking Back to Look Forward

This time of year, some might adopt the mantra "out with the old, in with the new," but we think there's a lot to learn from the past. In 6 Tips for Reading Like a Writer, find out how to learn through re-reading a piece of writing that you already love. After that, write like you're from the 1920s-1950s by embracing short fiction to build a lasting readership.

After looking back, look inward and be emotionally honest to improve your writing. Read about approaching your writing with the right attitude in 2017 in Collaborating with your Subconscious.

What better way to start a new year than by revisiting a childhood classic? Check out Behind the Scenes of Platforms of Yore: Not Every Cat Wants to Be The Cat in the Hat as a preview to our February 2017 issue.

6 Lessons of Writing for Novelists

6 Lessons of Writing for Novelists

As the author of 16 novels, Wendy Wax shares her top 6 tips for novelists to help their writing journey go as smoothly as possible.

Elyssa Friedland: On Letting Setting Guide You

Elyssa Friedland: On Letting Setting Guide You

When author Elyssa Friedland settled on the setting for her latest novel, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, the characters and plot came to her. Here, she discusses the importance of setting.

Alyson Gerber: On Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Alyson Gerber: On Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Critically acclaimed author Alyson Gerber discusses how she tackled the topic of disordered eating in her latest middle-grade novel, Taking Up Space.

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WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition, Submission Guidelines, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the extended Annual Writing Competition deadline for 2021, details on how to submit your writing to Writer’s Digest, and more!

Amorak Huey: On Stalling Out After Publication

Amorak Huey: On Stalling Out After Publication

Poet Amorak Huey hit a creative roadblock after publishing his latest poetry collection Dad Jokes From Late in the Patriarchy. He shares his cure (and more!) in this article.

From Script

New Original Podcasts, Videos, and Understanding Data as a Screenwriter (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script releases brand new audible and visual content!

Summer Writing Activities for Writers

8 Summer Writing Activities for Writers

Summer is upon us, so here are 8 summer writing activities for writers to consider as the temperature rises.

Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021

71 Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021!

Need a book to read in 2021? Want to find a new author to check out? Then, explore this list of 71 books and authors featured in our author spotlight series in a variety of genres.

How Do I Get My Poetry Published?

How Do I Get My Poetry Published?

Learn how to get your poetry published, whether you're trying to get a poem or an entire book of poems published.