Weekly Round-Up: Positivity, POV, & Pitching

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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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Impactful Storytelling

It's often the difficult moments in life and in writing that have the biggest impact, but it's important to take care of yourself while writing about these experiences. Check out Staying Positive While Writing About Death and Tragedy to learn how to keep it light while digging deep.

Time for a point-of-view review: Why Point of View is So Important for Novel Writers provides an overview of the pros and cons of common POVs and a thoughtful exploration of how POV impacts your story.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's Agent Spotlight shines on Caroline Eisenmann of the Frances Goldin Literary Agency. She is seeking upmarket and literary fiction, as well as nonfiction, including reported narratives, cultural criticism, essay collections, and history and biography with a surprising point of view. In fiction, she is particularly drawn to work with emotional impact, novels driven by intimacy and relationships, and stories that grapple with our current cultural climate.

Don't be afraid to meet an agent in person. Read An Author and Agent Share Their Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam Experience to find out how you can benefit from the Pitch Slam at the Writer's Digest Annual Conference.

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

Just because you didn't write before doesn't mean that you can't write now. Check out It’s Never Too Late: On Becoming a Writer at 50 for more.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a money poem.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Steve Cushman and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Where Are the Toxic Families in Children's Books?

Where Are the Toxic Families in Children's Books?

Christina Wyman discusses how for children who suffer difficult family dynamics, seeing their experiences reflected in books is few and far between.

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The Island

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, build yourself an island.

Nawaaz Ahmed: On Personal Identity in Literary Fiction

Nawaaz Ahmed: On Personal Identity in Literary Fiction

Nawaaz Ahmed discusses how his personal experiences acted as the impetus for his new book, Radiant Fugitives, and how it went from novella to novel.

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

There's nothing funny about learning when to use comedy and comity (OK, maybe a little humor) with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Debut author Shugri Said Salh discusses how wanting to know her mother lead her to writing her coming-of-age novel, The Last Nomad.

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

Does your manuscript need a little more definition, but you’re not sure where to begin? Try these 100 tips to give your words more power.

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson discusses how she never gave up on her story, how she worked through internal doubts, and how research lead her out of romance and into historical fiction.

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WD Presents: Seven New Courses, Writing Prompts, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new courses, our Editorial Calendar, and more!

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.