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Weekly Round-Up: New and Now

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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Keeping Current

Some people view fiction as an escape from reality, but that doesn't mean fiction exists in a bubble. Read How to Use Fiction to Explore Contemporary Social Issues to learn about one author's experience with using nonfiction research to inform fiction.

Then check out When Does Black Women's Fiction Become Just Women's Fiction? for a take on issues of bookstore organization—and to learn why you should start looking for your favorite genre on special interest shelves.

News From Debuts

Check out the latest edition of 7 Things I've Learned So Far, by debut author Angelica Baker.

Read My (New) Life As a (New) Writer for 10 takeaways from a professional writer's first year "on the job."

In Debut Author Tell All: Tiffany McDaniel & The Summer that Melted Everything, a new author reflects on the road to publication.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent update is for Brittany Booker Carter of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She is looking for contemporary and paranormal romances in YA and NA, as well as adult contemporary romances.

When should you hire an editor to help with your novel? Read How Freelance Editors Fit into Today’s Publishing Landscape to learn why getting an editor when you're still revising might be a good idea.

Poetic Asides

For our 400th Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "event" poem. Then join the WD Poetic Form Challenge and try out a rhupunt.

This week's poetry spotlight shines on Button Poetry. Learn more here.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Walter J. Wojtanik and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use faint vs. feint in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples. Plus, we answer whether it's "faint of heart" or "feint of heart."

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter | Book Recommendations

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter

Here are 6 book recommendation perfect for winter reading.

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch shares 12 things all writers should consider when attempting to write effective fight scenes in fiction.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character turn out to be less than they seem.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 15th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Author Valeria Ruelas discusses the process of writing her new book, The Mexican Witch Lifestyle.

What Is the Hook, the Book, and Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

What Is the Hook, the Book, and the Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

Find out what "the hook, the book, and the cook" are in relation to writing query letters and pitching books to literary agents and book editors. This post answers the question of what each one is and how to successfully assemble the pieces.

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Author Chloe Liese makes a case for the romance genre being the natural home for retellings, and shares some tips on how to write a successful romance retelling of literary classics.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. And now we're on Day 30.