Weekly Round-Up: So Many Books, So Little Time

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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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Read Narrowly, Write Widely

How many times do you read a book—just once? You may be following this piece of writing advice: "Read widely." But maybe that's not always the best way to learn from reading. Find out when it's better to read narrowly.

After all, you don't need to read widely to be a writer—you just need to write. Play around with your writing and try out 10 Creative Exercises That Will Help You Improve Your Writing.

Agent Outreach

Meet the Agent: Quressa Robinson of D4EO Literary is seeking science fiction/fantasy, nonfiction, upmarket and commercial women’s fiction, historical fiction, family sagas, contemporary young adult, and science fiction/fantasy young adult crossover.

When you contact Quressa (and any other agents), follow these 5 Tips for Querying & Choosing a Literary Agent.

For an example of a successful query letter, read on and find out how Whitney Gardner interested agent Brent Taylor in her debut novel,You're Welcome, Universe.

Poetic Asides

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

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on the Hugo House, a retreat for writers in Seattle.

Finally, get a taste of the great advice offered in Poet's Market 2017.

Advice You'll Want to Follow

Check out 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Eric Scott Fischl. His first piece of advice? Relax. (Okay, he means to keep calm and relax after writing and editing, but still.)

Find Your Voice

Ever hear that every story has already been told? Whether or not that's true, one way to make sure your story stands out is to use your distinctive voice. Make sure your voice pulls in readers by following 4 Tips for Tailoring Your Distinctive Voice. If you're writing a memoir, here are even more tips on finding your voice.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give Order

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give Order

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

Casey Wilson: On Writing a Non-Human Perspective

Casey Wilson: On Writing a Non-Human Perspective

Author Casey Wilson shares what it was like to write from the perspective of a dog in her latest novel A Dog's Hope, as well as the journey from indie to traditional publishing.

Family Stories as Inspiration for Historical Fiction

Family Stories as Inspiration for Historical Fiction

When writing fiction, there's always a fine line between reality and make-believe. Debut author Kirstin Beck explains how her family's history became the seed for her novel Courage, My Love.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a nature poem.

The Past Is Never Past: Drawing on Personal History to Write Engaging Historical Fiction

The Past Is Never Past: Drawing on Personal History to Write Engaging Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Karen White discusses what drew her to writing historical fiction and how she uses a modern setting to explore history.

Writing Multiple Timelines and Points of View

Writing Multiple Timelines and Points of View

YA author Natalie Lund gives her top reasons why writers who might be afraid to play with multiple timelines and/or points of view should jump in feet first.

Alexander Weinstein: On Writing a Thematic Short Story Collection

Alexander Weinstein: On Writing a Thematic Short Story Collection

Author Alexander Weinstein discusses how he came to select the theme of his new short story collection, Universal Love, and what it was like to see those themes reflected in the real world.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a blank me poem.

4 Tips for Writing about Family Grudges

4 Tips for Writing about Family Grudges

Author Samantha Downing discusses the techniques she used when writing her literary novel He Started It, which focuses on family secrets, old grudges, and lots of scores to settle.