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.

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

Whether you're looking for something cozy or a little spooky, these books are perfect for the fall season.

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

When it comes to a 30 day writing challenge like NaNoWriMo, do you need to prep beforehand to achieve success? Well, that might depend on what kind of writer you are.

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Copywriter and author Sarah Echavarre Smith discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, On Location.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 583

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 fall poem.

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

5 Thrilling Adventure Terms Every Writer Should Know (And Why)

For over a decade, author Joshua Glenn has been researching adventure-related terms. Now, he's sharing what he's learned for other writers to add to their lexicon.

Moral Compass

Moral Compass

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about someone with an unfailing moral compass.

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Daniel Levin Becker: On the Forgotten Art of Letter Writing

Author, translator, and editor Daniel Levin Becker discusses his hopes for future letter writing like those featured in the new anthology, Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer.

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.