Weekly Round-Up: Making Plans and Taking Action

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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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Moving Forward

If you're working on your first book, you may worry it's too early to start thinking about sequels and series. But just in case, check out 5 Secrets to Creating a Compelling Series Character to learn how to leave room for more.

Once you've finished your first book and landed a book deal, you'll start thinking about next steps. Sure, next steps will include editing and marketing, and maybe a series, but consider working on another book—or three. Learn how one author kept busy with four books in a year in I Landed 4 Book Deals in 1 Year With No Agent: Here’s How I Did It.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new agent alert is for Julie Dinneen of D4EO Literary. She is seeking literary fiction with commercial appeal and beautiful, stand-out writing; upmarket general, women’s, and historical fiction her book club will want to spend hours talking about; a new twist on chick lit; well-written romance, both contemporary and historical; and more.

If you're searching for an agent, you're not alone. Read Finding an Agent & Approaching Artist Residencies for some reflections and advice from an author who is still in the querying process.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "intro" poem. Then challenge yourself by trying out a new poetic form: the chanso.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Courtney O’Banion Smith and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

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Going Viral: Writing From the Hopeful Heart

Author Kitty O'Meara shares her experience of going viral online and how that lead to some exciting publishing opportunities.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

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 what's next poem.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: An Invitation

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, give a character an invitation.

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Vintage WD: Poetry without Rhyme—Or Even Thees and Thous

In this article from 1977, children’s writer and poet Jean Conder Soule explores the question, “How will I know when I’ve written a poem?”

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

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 thankful poem.

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Building Better Worlds: Five Tips to Guide Your Planning Process

Writer and WD editor Moriah Richard shares her top advice to help you fight world-building overwhelm and organize your story.

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Why I Write Mysteries

Mystery writer Nev March shares how she found herself writing historical mysteries and what she hopes readers will get from her storytelling.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

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 exaggerated poem.

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5 Tips on How to Write a Cunning but Cozy Mystery Novel

Author Jennifer J. Chow shares her expertise on what makes a great cozy mystery novel engaging and thrilling.