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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.

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.



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.

Apart vs. A Part (Grammar Rules)

Apart vs. A Part (Grammar Rules)

This post looks at the differences between apart and a part with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.