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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.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Out of Control

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Out of Control

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let things get a little out of control.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 14th 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.

NaNoWriMo’s Over … Now What?

NaNoWriMo’s Over … Now What?

After an intense writing challenge, you might feel a little lost. Here are some tips from Managing Editor and fellow Wrimo Moriah Richard for capitalizing on your momentum.

Ian Douglas: On Telling the Truth in Science Fiction

Ian Douglas: On Telling the Truth in Science Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Ian Douglas discusses how he incorporated implausible conspiracy theories to uncover the truth in his new science fiction novel, Alien Hostiles.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 589

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 yesterday poem.

Revenge

Revenge

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about revenge.

Peter Fiennes: On Finding Hope in the Writing Process

Peter Fiennes: On Finding Hope in the Writing Process

Critically acclaimed author Peter Fiennes discusses his quest to find hope in his new travel/Greek mythology book, A Thing of Beauty.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a The End and/or The Beginning poem.

Sports Afield: Market Spotlight

Sports Afield: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Sports Afield, a bimonthly hunting adventure magazine.