Weekly Round-Up: Make the Most of Your Writing Life

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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. 

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Tips and Tricks

As always, our posts are filled with practical tips for you to reference throughout the writing process. This week, read 7 Reasons Writers of Serious Novels Should Use Humor in Their Fiction and consider the way using humor affects your writing. After that, check out common writing "rules" that you can ignore or alter, and then learn how to review your plot by making the planning techniques you already use work for you in the revision stage.

Another important aspect of the writing process is the environment you create for yourself. Get the most out of your writing life by joining a supportive writing community, taking care of yourself, and making writing a priority.

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Catch up on all PAD Chapbook Challenges from the past week.

  • Day 12: Write a poem that uses the name of a month as the title.
  • Day 13: Write a poem about something that happens regularly.
  • Day 14: Write a dedication poem.
  • Day 15: Write a natural poem or an unnatural poem.
  • Day 16: Write a poem entitled "Play (blank)," replacing the blank with a word or phrase.
  • Day 17: Write a paper poem.
  • Day 18: Write a poem using the words band, logic, pack, web, froth, and clean.

Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Molly O'Neill of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. She is looking for young adult and middle-grade fiction.

Other opportunities from this past week include "Your First Ten Pages", a writing boot camp that started on Thursday and runs through tomorrow. But don't worry if you missed out—we have plenty of upcoming boot camps and workshops. Subscribe to our blogs for updates about online opportunities.

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Author Ruth Hogan discusses the process of learning a new skill in writing her new novel, The Moon, The Stars and Madame Burova.

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

It's a common question asked by writers looking to get their first book published: Do you find an editor or agent first? The answer depends on each writer's situation.

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WDU Presents: 7 New WDU Courses, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new WDU courses, a chance at publication, and more!

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

Editor is a very broad term in the publishing industry that can mean a variety of things. Tiffany Yates Martin reveals what a professional editor is and why writers should consider using one.

From Script

How to Find the Right Reader for Feedback, Writing Female Characters and Tapping into Emotionally Authentic Characters (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, read film reviews from Tom Stemple, part three of writing female characters, interviews with Free Guy scribes Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman, The Eyes of Tammy Faye screenwriter Abe Sylvia, and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is chasing trends in writing and publishing.

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Author Dawn Secord shares her journey toward self-publishing a picture book featuring her Irish Setter named Bling.

Poetic Forms

Crown of Sonnets: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the crown of sonnets, a form that brings together seven sonnets in a special way.

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)

Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).