Weekly Round-Up: Musical Writing and Remembrances

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Arts and Sciences 

Think of yourself as a master composer and your novel as a symphony: The various harmonizing elements work together to create a vast sweep that engages emotions—exactly the effect writers want to achieve. Read How to Turn Elements of Your Novel Into a Masterpiece to understand the similarities between writing and music.

While you may write to engage your creativity, writing isn't all about the arts. Check out this infographic that outlines 11 Science-Backed Reasons Writing is Good for Your Health.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Claire Roberts of Trident Media Group. She is looking for literary fiction, crime fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

As hard as it is for writers to get their writing out there, ghostwriters face even more challenges. Ghostwriting: A Business Blueprint You Need to Succeed will help you learn how to develop a profitable career in ghostwriting.

Navigating the world of agents and publishers can be tricky, but so can self-publishing. Find out How an Indie Author Landed a Traditional Book Deal by pursuing what felt right for her book.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "it can't be" poem. Then challenge yourself by trying out a poetic form influenced by the music world: a contrapuntal poem.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop, a bookstore that only sells poetry.

This week, we remember poet Thomas Lux, who passed away on Sunday, and what made Lux both an incredible poet and an incredible person.

Birthday Celebrations

Observe Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday by reading some social media posts she might have written that we collected on Platforms of Yore.

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.