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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.


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.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.

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Jessica Grose: On the Unsustainability of Parenting

Opinion writer and author Jessica Grose discusses the complicated subject of modern motherhood in her new nonfiction book, Screaming on the Inside.

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.