Weekly Round-Up: What You Missed and What You Know

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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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Conference Recap

Don't miss out on all of the great advice from last week's conference just because you couldn't make it to the big event. Check out The Best Agent Advice from the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference.

Know It All

Knowing yourself and how you think is essential for writers. If you're an extroverted writer, make sure to read 10 Things Extroverts Need to Do in Order to Write Well.

Just because your readers already know about the topic of your book doesn't mean the subject is done. In The Road Already Taken, learn how one author found success writing about a subject already covered by two autobiographies, several biographies, and more.

Balancing Act

Have you ever been told that your writing has too much narration and not enough interaction between characters? Or have you read a book where characters seem to just say everything they're thinking, leaving no room for subtext? To get the balance right, check out Writing a Scene with Good Dialogue and Narration.

Agents and Opportunities

Check out the latest edition of How I Got My Agent for a true story of competition and careful reflection.

And to prepare for getting an agent, make sure you know what to expect when you get "the call." Read Understanding “The Call”: Perspective from an Author and Agent on Representation for more.

Querying over and over and over is often a challenging process. For a perspective on how hope, positivity, and belief can get you through, check out Querying from the Trenches: The Art of Believing in Yourself as a Writer.

Poetic Asides

Meet Gabrielle Brant Freeman, winner of the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and author of When She Was Bad.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "big event" poem.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Sharon Louise Howard and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

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 not accepting feedback on your writing.

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Proest Dalgron: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn proest dalgron, a Welsh quatrain form.

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a palindrome is when it comes to writing, including several examples of palindromes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time to set a trap.

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

Children's author Christine Evans shares how repetition is good for growing readers and gives you the tools to write your story's perfect refrain.

From Our Readers

Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

Your story belongs to you but will involve other people. Where do your rights end and theirs begin?

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Editor-in-chief Amy Jones navigates how to know your target audience, and how knowing will make your writing stronger.