Weekly Round-Up: Personal Challenges and Publishing

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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.

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Make It Personal

They say art reflects life. To make your life work for your writing, read Embracing the Impact of Personal Experiences on Your Writing.

For an example of a writer who learned from life, check out What My Military Experience Taught Me About Creating Heroes.

If you've written a memoir, then your writing is very personal. Here are Three Keys to Building Your Life Story or Memoir Platform.

Crossing Over

Making the switch from novel-writing to scriptwriting? Check out How to Work with Hollywood: Crossing the Chasm from Book to Film.

If your novel doesn't seem to fit neatly into a box, you might be writing cross-genre fiction. Read Cross-Genre Fiction: Using Research and Imagination in Hybrid Genres to learn about writing stories that fall into multiple genres.

Agents and Opportunities

Meet agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency. He is seeking both fiction and nonfiction, and he would especially love to find a truly great horror project.

Learn from success. Here are 8 Novel Writing Insights from Successful Authors.

The publication date isn't the finish line. Read 8 Things You MUST Do When Your First Book Is Launched to find out what you need to do to be a success.

Interested in teaching kids about some of the amazing people throughout history? Check out Three Keys to Selling a Children’s Picture Book Biography and make it happen.

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Catch up on all of the prompts from this past week.

  • Day 4: Write a poem with the title "Whosoever (blank)," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 5: Write a "self-destruct" poem.
  • Day 6: Write a "praise" poem.
  • Day 7: Write a "days of the week poem" or a "days of the weak" poem.
  • Day 8: Write a "thing" poem.
  • Day 9: Write a poem with the title "(blank) If (blank)," replacing each blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 10: Write a "going somewhere" poem.
November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exaggerated poem.

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5 Tips on How to Write a Cunning but Cozy Mystery Novel

Author Jennifer J. Chow shares her expertise on what makes a great cozy mystery novel engaging and thrilling.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's two-for-Tuesday prompt is to write a love and/or anti-love poem.

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Steal vs. Steel vs. Still (Grammar Rules)

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

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an explanation poem.

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WD Presents: Upcoming Short Short Story Competition Deadline and Writer's Digest Turns 100!

This week, we’re excited to announce the upcoming deadline for the Short Short Story Competition, seven new writing courses, and more.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a bird poem.

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Telling Our Family Stories: 4 Reasons Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Write Our Family Narratives

Nonfiction author Mary Beth Sammons explores the questions that cause us to learn more about our ancestries and what we learn about ourselves and each other when we do so.