Weekly Round-Up: New and Now

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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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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.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a remix poem.

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Going Viral: Writing From the Hopeful Heart

Author Kitty O'Meara shares her experience of going viral online and how that lead to some exciting publishing opportunities.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a what's next poem.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: An Invitation

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

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Vintage WD: Poetry without Rhyme—Or Even Thees and Thous

In this article from 1977, children’s writer and poet Jean Conder Soule explores the question, “How will I know when I’ve written a poem?”

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a thankful poem.

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Building Better Worlds: Five Tips to Guide Your Planning Process

Writer and WD editor Moriah Richard shares her top advice to help you fight world-building overwhelm and organize your story.

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Why I Write Mysteries

Mystery writer Nev March shares how she found herself writing historical mysteries and what she hopes readers will get from her storytelling.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exaggerated poem.