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Weekly Round-Up: Personal Challenges and Publishing

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.


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.
Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, one character blackmails another.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

30 Poetry Prompts From 2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Get all 30 poetry prompts from the 15th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge here. Actually, 35 prompts if you're counting Two-for-Tuesday prompts!

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

Many people are self-professed "stalkers" on social media, whether they're following life events of friends or celebrities. But writers can learn quite a bit on social media by stalking publishing professionals too, and this post covers the appropriate way to do so.


Samantha Vérant: On Romance and Recipes

Author Samantha Vérant discusses how her writing process changed while writing her new contemporary romance novel, The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 633

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 warm up poem.

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.

Grose, 12:6

Jessica Grose: On the Unsustainability of Parenting

Opinion writer and author Jessica Grose discusses the complicated subject of modern motherhood in her new nonfiction book, Screaming on the Inside.

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Shick discusses the complete rewrite she devoted to her debut novel, The Golden Land.