Weekly Round-Up: Writing Far and Wide

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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.

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Shook vs. Shaked vs. Shaken (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use shook vs. shaked vs. shaken on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write 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 an exit poem.

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WD Presents: New Online Courses and Manuscript Critique

This week, we’re excited to announce courses in blogging and memoir writing, manuscript critique services, and more.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write 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 wanting blank poem.

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2020 Creative Gift Ideas for Writers

Searching for something special for that special someone who loves to write? Check out our 2020 creative gift ideas for writers with a range of fun gifts for the wordsmiths in your life.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write 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 remix poem.

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Going Viral: Writing From the Hopeful Heart

Author Kitty O'Meara shares her experience of going viral online and how that led to some exciting publishing opportunities.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write 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 what's next poem.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: An Invitation

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, give a character an invitation.