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Weekly Round-Up: Making Plans and Taking Action

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.


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.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Dismissing Stories That Aren’t From Books

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Dismissing Stories That Aren’t From Books

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is dismissing stories that aren’t from books.

Why You Should Beware Homophones

Why You Should Beware Homophones

Mistaking a word for a similar one is not an uncommon mistake, but an important one to catch when editing your work. Here, Audrey Wick shares why you should beware homophones and shares a homophone-catching test to practice with.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, one character blackmails another.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

30 Poetry Prompts From 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Get all 30 poetry prompts from the 15th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge here. Actually, 35 prompts if you're counting Two-for-Tuesday prompts!

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

Many people are self-professed "stalkers" on social media, whether they're following life events of friends or celebrities. But writers can learn quite a bit on social media by stalking publishing professionals too, and this post covers the appropriate way to do so.


Samantha Vérant: On Romance and Recipes

Author Samantha Vérant discusses how her writing process changed while writing her new contemporary romance novel, The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 633

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 warm up poem.

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.