Weekly Round-Up: Poetry, Prizes, and Getting Personal

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Grand Opening

It's important to have a strong opening scene so that readers want to keep reading your novel. Here are 5 Types of Opening Scenes to Make Your Story Stand Out.

Getting Personal

You don't have to keep a journal to be a "real" writer, but if you want to give it another shot, consider trying ones of these 5 New Ways for Writers to Keep a Journal.

Romance novels tend to include a very particular type of scene—and it can be uncomfortable to write those scenes. Read Handling the Risqué Parts of Writing Romance for some advice.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent spotlight shines on Shaheen Qureshi of Capital Talent Agency. She is seeking literary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on historical fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as memoirs, cookbooks, and graphic novels.

While working on your book, you may be dreaming about getting it published—but you also may be dreaming of winning prizes. Check out The Trick to Winning Big Literary Prizes to learn about one writer's trick to improve his writing and start enjoying literature.

The trick to writing a query letter? Be fearless and learn to love it. Read Fearless Querying: Learning to Love the Query Letter to learn more.

For a successful example of a debut novelist's querying experience, read the newest installment of How I Got My Agent.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a betrayal poem. Then join the WD Poetic Form Challenge and try out a curtal sonnet.

This week's poetry spotlight brings to the stage the Bowery Poetry Club. Learn more here.

Why do you write poetry? Check out Why I Write Poetry: J.lynn Sheridan and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson discusses how each project has its own process and the difference between writing fiction and her new memoir, Perfect Black.

From Script

Approaching Comedy from a Personal Perspective and Tapping into Your Unique Writer’s Voice (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, interviews with masters of comedy, screenwriter Tim Long ('The Simpsons') and writer-director Dan Mazer (Borat Subsequent Movie) about their collaboration on their film 'The Exchange', and filmmaker Trent O’Donnell on his new film 'Ride the Eagle' co-written with actor Jake Johnson ('New Girl'). Plus, tips on how to tap into your unique voice and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not accepting feedback on your writing.

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Proest Dalgron: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn proest dalgron, a Welsh quatrain form.

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a palindrome is when it comes to writing, including several examples of palindromes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time to set a trap.

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

Children's author Christine Evans shares how repetition is good for growing readers and gives you the tools to write your story's perfect refrain.

From Our Readers

Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.