Weekly Round-Up: Pen Names and Pentameter

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What's in a Name?

When you're an author, your name isn't just your identity—it's also a significant piece of your brand. To ensure your name is working for your brand, read Three Reasons to Use a Pen Name and decide if a pen name is right for you.

Ever stumbled over using a contraction with a proper noun in your writing, as in "Brian's a baseball fan"? This week, we remember Bill Walsh, copy editor at The Washington Post and expert grammarian, through his advice on Contractions With Proper Nouns.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Damian McNicholl of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. He is looking for great nonfiction and fiction that appeals to a wide audience and makes people think, laugh, and sob.

As a new author, it can be hard to know what to expect—and how to survive. Prepare yourself for the world of publishing with 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Tom Leveen. Then check out Tips for Surviving a Book Tour from a Debut Novelist.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem entitled "As (blank) as (blank," replacing the blanks with your chosen words or phrases.

Meet Jaswinder Bolina, American poet and essayist, and check out a poem from his collection Phantom Camera.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on Poetry@Tech, a poetry program offered through Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

Do you know your poetry terms? Get a refresher with 37 Common Poetry Terms.

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.

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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.

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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.