Weekly Round-Up: Pathways, Publicity, and Poetry

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Every week our editors publish around 10 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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Make the Journey

When on the path to finishing your novel, you may find yourself bogged down in the middle of the journey. To keep things moving, read Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right: What to Do When You’re Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel.

You've probably read some great literature in translation without even realizing it. For a better appreciation of literature that's made the journey from it's original language to a language you can understand, read 6 Reasons to Read Translated Literature.

If you're considering writing about your life journey in the form of a memoir, check out The Five Little Secrets of Memoir Writing: A Contrarian POV.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Michelle S. Lazurek of WordWise Media Services. She is seeking Christian nonfiction works for adults and picture books for children.

If you want to be a successful author, you need to reach your audience—and that means doing more than simply handing over your brilliant manuscript. Check out Partner with Your Publicist: Why You Need Literary Publicity to find out more.

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Catch up on all of the prompts from this past week.

  • Day 11: Write an "unlucky" poem.
  • Day 12: Write a "transformative" poem.
  • Day 13: Write a poem with the name of a city as the title.
  • Day 14: Write a sonnet or some other traditional form poem, or write an anti-sonnet or anti-traditional form poem.
  • Day 15: Write a poem with the title "Stranger (blank)," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 16: Write a poem to the world.
  • Day 17: Write a "what I meant to say" poem.
Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Debut novelist Lacie Waldon discusses how her agent encouraged her to write what she knew, but then her editor made her realize that what she thought was boring might not be the case.

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use pedal and peddle with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Debut author Marissa Levien discusses how she always knew what the beginning and the end of her science fiction novel The World Gives Way would be, but that the middle remained elusive.

Drawing the Line for Withholding Secrets in Young Adult and Middle-Grade Novels

Drawing the Line for Withholding Secrets in Young Adult and Middle Grade Novels

Middle-grade and young adult author Ren Koppel Torres shares the top tips for how you can keep secrets from your characters and readers.

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Middle-grade author Payal Doshi discusses the sometimes-disheartening process of querying a novel and how she used rejection to fuel her passion for writing.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Writer’s Digest Conference Announcements and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce that our 2021 Annual Conference will be virtual, registration is open for our 2021 in-person Novel Conference, and more!

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

Rajani LaRocca: On Letting Your Synopsis Guide Your Writing

In this article, middle-grade author Rajani LaRocca discusses how the synopsis for her newest release, Much Ado About Baseball, guided her writing process.

From Script

Adding Your Personal Connection to Your Stories and Building Your Brand As a Writer (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, Script’s Editor Sadie Dean interviews Dickinson creator/showrunner/EP Alena Smith, learn how to divide and conquer as screenwriter in the business and creating fruitful relationships. Plus, a brand new Script Talk video interview with writer/director/actress Djaka Souaré about her journey as a mentor and mentee in the WOCUnite and #StartWith8Hollywood mentorship programs.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Penfyr: Poetic Forms

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