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Weekly Round-Up: People, Places, and Thinks

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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Events

Our first ever Writer’s Digest’s Middle Grade & Young Adult Online Writing Conference begins today! You still have time to register—but you had better hurry. The first session begins at 1:00 P.M.

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Catch up on all PAD Chapbook Challenges from the past week.

  • Day 5: Write a wire poem.
  • Day 6: Write a phobia poem.
  • Day 7: Write an activity poem.
  • Day 8: Write a "nothing will be the same" or "nothing will ever change" poem.
  • Day 9: Write a poem entitled "Call Me [blank]," filling in the blank with your own word or phrase.
  • Day 10: Write a tragic poem.
  • Day 11: Write a description poem.

Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Ayanna Coleman of Quill Shift Literary Agency. She is looking for middle grade and young adult fiction in all genres, with characters that represent our multicultural society.

Enter Your Story contest #78 by November 21 for a chance to win publication in an upcoming issue of Writer's Digest.

People and Places

Crafting realistic characters and settings is important for a successful story. If you're worried about the people, check out 4 Ways to Write a Compelling Character or 5 Tips for Writing Appealing Characters. If you're preoccupied with setting, try 3 Ways to Portray Place on the Page and How to Write Time-Travel Historical Fiction.

Think About It

Speaking of places, consider whether your writing environment is working for you and find out How to Create an Inspiring Work Space (for under $20).

Writing can be hard, and sometimes changing your space isn't enough. If you're feeling stressed or frustrated, it may be time to read Writing Advice: How to Fight Through Self Doubt7 Things I've Learned So Far, by Laurie Flynn, and 6 Tips for Getting Rid of Writer's Block.

Check out a #ThrowbackThursday to "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schultz's 1965 contribution to Writer's Digest Yearbook to round out your week by musing on what happiness is.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

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 world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.