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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.

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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.

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

While the writing process may be an independent venture, the literary community at large is full of writers who need and want your support as much as you need and want theirs. Here, author Aileen Weintraub shares 6 steps in becoming a good literary citizen.

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Journalist and author Daniel Paisner discusses the process of writing his new literary fiction novel, Balloon Dog.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 614

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 summer poem.

Give Your Characters a Psych Eval

Give Your Fictional Characters a Psych Eval

TV writer, producer, and novelist Joshua Senter explains why characters can do absolutely anything, but it's important to give them a psych eval to understand what can lead them there.

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Writer's Digest Presents: Vacation Reads (Podcast, Episode 6)

In the sixth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about what makes for a good vacation read, plus a conversation with authors Steven Rowley and Jessica Strawser and our first ever WD Book Club selection from debut author Grace D. Li.

Trend Chaser

Trend Chaser

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an attempt to join an online trend has gone wrong.

Ava Reid: On Literary Traditions and Family History

Ava Reid: On Literary Traditions and Family History

Author Ava Reid discusses how her love for a certain Grimms' fairytale led her to write her new fantasy novel, Juniper & Thorn.

Doing Better: Building Your DEIJ-B Muscle as a Writer

Doing Better: Building Your DEIJ-B Muscle as a Writer

Author Faye Snowden discusses the importance of authors to write diversely and offers tips and resources to help along the never-ending process of doing better.

Lauren Ho: On Exploring Heavier Topics in Romance

Lauren Ho: On Exploring Heavier Topics in Romance

Author Lauren Ho discusses combining heavier themes with laugh-out-loud humor in her new contemporary romance novel, Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic.