Weekly Round-Up: People, Places, and Thinks

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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.

Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.

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The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.

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Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.

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Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.

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Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.

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Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.

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Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

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 future poem.