Weekly Round-Up: Respect and Romance in Writing

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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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Valentine's Advice

What's the key to success as a writer of romance? It may be respect. Read 5 Ways to Write Romance With Respect to learn why it's so important and how to put it into practice. Then check out 5 Tips for Writing Engaging Romance for another way to add respect to your writing.

There's a difference between emotion and feeling, and you need to know how to write both. Learn when to use which in Emotion vs. Feeling: How to Evoke More From Readers.

The Importance of Audience

Writers give varying advice on how much and when to think of audience, but the fact of the matter is that, eventually, you want your writing to reach its audience. To get there, follow the advice in 15 Ways to Earn Your Audience as a Writer.

When your audience is made up of potential agents, you may wonder how best to address manuscript rejection feedback. Check out 3 Critiques to Heed (and 2 to Ignore) to figure out how to address audience feedback in the revision stage.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Michael Caligaris of Holloway Literary. He is looking for literary fiction, autobiographical fiction, short story collections, and more.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "nope" poem. Then challenge yourself by trying out a poetic form that is very similar to a rondeau: the rondine.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on the National Endowment for the Arts, an organization that you've maybe heard of but probably don't know much about.

Meet award-winning poet John Sibley Williams and read a poem from his recent collection Disinheritance.

Numbers and Letters

Numbers may not be your thing—maybe you turned to reading and writing in the first place as an alternative to math, only to find they're still a problem when writing. Read When Do I Spell Out Numbers? to clear up your number confusion.

When trying to cure writer's block, keep it simple and silly: Find out how fictional garlic sparked inspiration for one writer in How a Thank You Note Got Me Through Writer's Block.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give Order

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Give Order

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give an order.

Casey Wilson: On Writing a Non-Human Perspective

Casey Wilson: On Writing a Non-Human Perspective

Author Casey Wilson shares what it was like to write from the perspective of a dog in her latest novel A Dog's Hope, as well as the journey from indie to traditional publishing.

Family Stories as Inspiration for Historical Fiction

Family Stories as Inspiration for Historical Fiction

When writing fiction, there's always a fine line between reality and make-believe. Debut author Kirstin Beck explains how her family's history became the seed for her novel Courage, My Love.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a nature poem.

The Past Is Never Past: Drawing on Personal History to Write Engaging Historical Fiction

The Past Is Never Past: Drawing on Personal History to Write Engaging Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Karen White discusses what drew her to writing historical fiction and how she uses a modern setting to explore history.

Writing Multiple Timelines and Points of View

Writing Multiple Timelines and Points of View

YA author Natalie Lund gives her top reasons why writers who might be afraid to play with multiple timelines and/or points of view should jump in feet first.

Alexander Weinstein: On Writing a Thematic Short Story Collection

Alexander Weinstein: On Writing a Thematic Short Story Collection

Author Alexander Weinstein discusses how he came to select the theme of his new short story collection, Universal Love, and what it was like to see those themes reflected in the real world.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a blank me poem.

4 Tips for Writing about Family Grudges

4 Tips for Writing about Family Grudges

Author Samantha Downing discusses the techniques she used when writing her literary novel He Started It, which focuses on family secrets, old grudges, and lots of scores to settle.