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Weekly Round-Up: Twists and Titles

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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Making a Change

You may think the best way to create twists in your novels is through plot choices, but that's not the only option. Check out Thrilling Characters: How to Create Twists and Turns in Your Novel.

Being a writer can mean a lot of different things—do you write poetry? Prose? Films? Journalism? Find out how making the switch from one type of writing to another can help you in the long term in From Writing Books to TV Shows—Making the Adjustment.

Have you ever wondered, Why Is the Word “Girl” In So Many Modern Book Titles? It suddenly seems like they're everywhere. Find out just what the word "girl" means.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent update is for Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Literary Agency. She is looking for fun, witty middle-grade and young adult contemporary, science fiction, and fantasy (romance is a plus). She’s also looking for smart, sexy contemporary and historical romance.

A great way to get agent attention is through previous publication. Read Publishing Before the Query Letter: Literary Magazines and the Emerging Writer to learn more.

Once your book gets picked up by a publisher, you've still got some time before it appears on bookshelves. Here's How to Survive a Long Production Cycle.

Poetic Asides

Congratulations to our recent winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge for the rimas dissolutas.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, choose one of three prompts in celebration of Robert Brewer's birthday!

This week's poetry spotlight shines on the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Learn more here.

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

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.

6 Habits Writers Can Learn From Athletes

6 Habits Writers Can Learn From Athletes

Author and athlete Henriette Lazaridis shares six tips and habits that writers can learn from athletes.

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WD Presents: Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Websites, Our Historical Fiction Virtual Conference, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce the deadline to nominate your favorite writing websites, our Historical Fiction Virtual Conference, and more!

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

From having reverence for the original to making it your own, author Nikki Payne shares four tips for writing a modern retelling.

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use faint vs. feint in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples. Plus, we answer whether it's "faint of heart" or "feint of heart."

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter | Book Recommendations

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter

Here are 6 book recommendation perfect for winter reading.

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch shares 12 things all writers should consider when attempting to write effective fight scenes in fiction.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character turn out to be less than they seem.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 15th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.