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.


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.
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!

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

What Is a Professional Editor and Why Should Writers Use One?

Editor is a very broad term in the publishing industry that can mean a variety of things. Tiffany Yates Martin reveals what a professional editor is and why writers should consider using one.

From Script

How to Find the Right Reader for Feedback, Writing Female Characters and Tapping into Emotionally Authentic Characters (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, read film reviews from Tom Stemple, part three of writing female characters, interviews with Free Guy scribes Zak Penn and Matt Lieberman, The Eyes of Tammy Faye screenwriter Abe Sylvia, and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Chasing Trends

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is chasing trends in writing and publishing.

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Lessons Learned From Self-Publishing My Picture Book

Author Dawn Secord shares her journey toward self-publishing a picture book featuring her Irish Setter named Bling.