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

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.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

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 world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.