Weekly Round-Up: Writing Challenges

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Every week our editors publish around 10 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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Prove Yourself

Test your literary knowledge with Quotation Quibbles: Which Literary Villain Uttered Each of the Following Quotes?

Do you have what it takes to beat procrastination, that great enemy of writers everywhere? Yes, you do. Read Conquer Procrastination: How to Appreciate Your Writing Time to find out how.

Combining humor and horror might seem impossible, but you can do it! Check out 3 Tips for Writing Horror Comedy.

November's End

NaNoWriMo 2017 is over—we made it! To celebrate with your fellow NaNo writers, here are 10 Great Lines from 2017 NaNoWriMo Novels.

At the end of every November comes one special day, a great yearly tradition—Giving Tuesday. In honor of Giving Tuesday (or for any day you want to donate!), here are 14 Charities for Writing & Literacy.

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Catch up on all of the prompts from this past week.

  • Day 25: Write a remix poem.
  • Day 26: Write a shine poem.
  • Day 27: Write a poem with the title "(blank) of (blank)," replacing each blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 28: Write a love poem, or write an anti-love poem.
  • Day 29: Write a response poem.
  • Day 30: Write a "back in the day" poem.

November is over, which means you're done with the November PAD Chapbook Challenge! What now? Check out 2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Cynthia Ruchti of Books & Such Management. She is seeking Christian fiction, Christian nonfiction, devotionals, Bible studies, and a few projects for children.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

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

take two 3 mistakes writers make in act i

Take Two: 3 Mistakes Writers Make in Act I

Without a solid foundation, our stories flounder. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares insights into the three mistakes writers make when creating the first act.

David Jackson Ambrose: On Balancing Magic and Practicality

David Jackson Ambrose: On Balancing Magic and Practicality

Novelist David Jackson Ambrose discusses the initial themes he wanted to explore in his latest novel, A Blind Eye, what the editing process was like, and how his books always surprise him in the end.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Knowing When to Shelve a Project

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Knowing When to Shelve a Project

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 knowing when to shelve a project.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a persona poem (for an inanimate object).

4 Tips for Writing Engaging Frenemies

4 Tips for Writing Engaging Frenemies

No matter what genre you write, if you're planning to write characters as frenemies, you'll need to know how to do it well. Bestselling romance author Lorraine Heath shares her top tips.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Placing Blame

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Placing Blame

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, make a character place blame on someone.

Luke X. Cunningham: A Writer's Hopes for Their Readers

Luke X. Cunningham: A Writer's Hopes for Their Readers

Emmy-nominated writer Luke X. Cunningham explains how he came to write a middle-grade mystery novel and what he hopes for the kids who read his book.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

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