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Weekly Round-Up: Pathways, Publicity, and Poetry

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.


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.
Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, one character blackmails another.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

30 Poetry Prompts From 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Get all 30 poetry prompts from the 15th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge here. Actually, 35 prompts if you're counting Two-for-Tuesday prompts!

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

Many people are self-professed "stalkers" on social media, whether they're following life events of friends or celebrities. But writers can learn quite a bit on social media by stalking publishing professionals too, and this post covers the appropriate way to do so.


Samantha Vérant: On Romance and Recipes

Author Samantha Vérant discusses how her writing process changed while writing her new contemporary romance novel, The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 633

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 warm up poem.

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.

Grose, 12:6

Jessica Grose: On the Unsustainability of Parenting

Opinion writer and author Jessica Grose discusses the complicated subject of modern motherhood in her new nonfiction book, Screaming on the Inside.

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Shick discusses the complete rewrite she devoted to her debut novel, The Golden Land.