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Weekly Round-Up: Looking Backward, Moving Forward

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.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For the 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Day 29 features our fifth (and final) Two-for-Tuesday prompt.

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A Twist on the Holiday Romantic Comedy (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, acclaimed filmmaker Charles Shyer shares with Script his twist on the holiday romantic comedy in his new film The Noel Diary, and more.

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Sugar House Review: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Sugar House Review, a nonprofit poetry publication based out of Utah.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

For the 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Day 28 is remix time.

Brian Lee Durfee: On Finishing a Fantasy Trilogy

Brian Lee Durfee: On Finishing a Fantasy Trilogy

Artist and author Brian Lee Durfee discusses what it felt like to write the final sentence in his Five Warrior Angels trilogy with his novel, The Lonesome Crown.

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WD Presents: 5 WDU Courses, our Short Short Story Competition, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 5 WDU courses, our short short story competition deadline, and more!

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For the 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Day 27 is all about resolutions.

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Preslaysa Williams: On Finding Hope in Romance

Award-winning author Preslaysa Williams discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For the 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Day 26 requires a second thought.