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.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 583

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a fall poem.

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

For over a decade, author Joshua Glenn has been researching adventure-related terms. Now, he's sharing what he's learned for other writers to add to their lexicon.

Moral Compass

Moral Compass

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone with an unfailing moral compass.

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Author, translator, and editor Daniel Levin Becker discusses his hopes for future letter writing like those featured in the new anthology, Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer.

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

e.g. vs. i.e. (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between e.g. and i.e. with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprise in the Writing Process

20 Authors Share Their Biggest Surprises in the Writing Process

Experienced writers know to expect the unexpected. Here are surprises in the writing process from 20 authors, including Amanda Jayatissa, Paul Neilan, Kristin Hannah, and Robert Jones, Jr.

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Ruth Hogan: On Infusing Personal Interests in Fiction

Author Ruth Hogan discusses the process of learning a new skill in writing her new novel, The Moon, The Stars and Madame Burova.

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

Do You Find an Editor or Agent First?

It's a common question asked by writers looking to get their first book published: Do you find an editor or agent first? The answer depends on each writer's situation.

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WDU Presents: 7 New WDU Courses, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new WDU courses, a chance at publication, and more!