Weekly Round-Up: Looking Backward, Moving Forward

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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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Author Appreciation

In honor of the late Sue Grafton, read W Is for Writer: A 2010 Interview with Sue Grafton (1940-2017) from the February 2010 issue of Writer's Digest.

For the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, check out 200 Years Later: Things You Might Not Know About Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Are you a fantasy buff? Watch a video explaining The Idea that Inspired The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Making Plans

Congratulations to Tyler Moss, new Editor-in-Chief of Writer's Digest! Check out his editor's letter from the March/April 2018 issue of Writer's Digest.

Let 2018 be your year. Read 15 Motivational Tips to Help You Achieve Your Writing Resolutions in 2018, and make it happen.

For practical goal-setting steps, check out 7 Tips for Creating Writing Goals That Actually Work.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 Easy Writing Prompts to Get Your Life Story Started.

Take a break from making your writing to-do list and read 5 Things Fiction Writers Do That Annoy Readers for a list of what you might try not to do.

Agents and Opportunities

Getting a literary agent can be hard. Try shifting your focus—consider the possibility of moving forward without an agent. Check out A Writer’s Journey: Launching Without an Agent with Lora L. Hyler for a path to publication that might work for you.

Gain a deeper understanding of how to forge your own publishing path by reading Indie Authors and the Future of Book Production.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a “password” poem.

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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.

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Shook vs. Shaked vs. Shaken (Grammar Rules)

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

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exit poem.

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WD Presents: New Online Courses and Manuscript Critique

This week, we’re excited to announce courses in blogging and memoir writing, manuscript critique services, and more.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a wanting blank poem.