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Weekly Round-Up: Writing Far and Wide

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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World-Building and Renovations

How can you "write what you know" when you want to write a book that takes place somewhere you've barely visited? Check out Tips for Writing About Distant Lands in Fiction to find out.

So you've written and published a novel—great. You move on. Or maybe you don't—the world of your characters might unexpectedly drag you back there. Read Tips on Writing a Sequel (When You Didn’t Plan to Write a Sequel) to learn how to handle that.

Tools for Success

Writers conferences are great, but you need to be prepared. A Writers Conference Survival Guide will help you ensure that you're ready.

A newsletter can be a great tool for reaching readers and building an audience. Read You’ve Got Mail: What Writers Need to Know About eNewsletters for more.

Learn from the experts: Check out 7 Things I've Learned So Far, by Nancy Kress for some advice.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent spotlight brings to the stage Tanusri Prasanna of Foundry Literary + Media. She is seeking children’s books across all ages, ranging from picture books to middle-grade and young adult.

Somewhere between writing the first few pages of your first draft and the publication of your debut, someone will have to be the first person to read your work. Read How to Open Your Work to Critique & Land Your Dream Agent for advice on jumping that hurdle.

Check out the latest edition of How I Got My Agent to learn about the importance of literary agent assistants.

Poetic Asides

Congratulations to our recent winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge for the clogyrnach!

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

This week's poetry spotlight shines on the Haiku Society of America. Learn more here.

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

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

In this post, author C. Hope Clark shares tips on how freelance writers can use Instagram as a tool to find more freelance writing connections, assignments, and overall success.

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Porter discusses celebrating the nature of getting older in her new romance novel, Flirting With Fifty.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 610

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 "different way of seeing the world" poem.

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

How To Research Topics Like a Journalist

From in-person interviews to scouring the web for credible sources, journalist Alison Hill shares tips on how to research topics like a journalist.

Can I Have Your Attention?

Can I Have Your Attention?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, an announcement is about to change the course of history.

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Emmy nominated comedy writer Glenn Boozan discusses how a funny piece of perspective turned into her new humor book, There Are Moms Way Worse Than You.

From Script

Adapting True Crime and True Stories for Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers and showrunners Robert Siegel and D.V. DeVincentis (“Pam & Tommy”), Patrick Macmanus and Liz Hannah (“The Girl from Plainville”) who both have taken creative liberties in adapting true stories for a limited series.

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Chanel Cleeton: On Reader Enthusiasm Conjuring Novel Ideas

Author Chanel Cleeton discusses how reader curiosity led her to write her new historical fiction novel, Our Last Days in Barcelona.

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The Writer's Digest Interview: Marlon James

Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James talks about mythology and world-building in his character-driven epic Moon Witch, Spider King, the second book in his Dark Star Trilogy in this interview from the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.