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.


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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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 576

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 back to blank poem.

Where Are the Toxic Families in Children's Books?

Where Are the Toxic Families in Children's Books?

Christina Wyman discusses how for children who suffer difficult family dynamics, seeing their experiences reflected in books is few and far between.

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The Island

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, build yourself an island.

Nawaaz Ahmed: On Personal Identity in Literary Fiction

Nawaaz Ahmed: On Personal Identity in Literary Fiction

Nawaaz Ahmed discusses how his personal experiences acted as the impetus for his new book, Radiant Fugitives, and how it went from novella to novel.

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

Comedy vs. Comity (Grammar Rules)

There's nothing funny about learning when to use comedy and comity (OK, maybe a little humor) with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Debut author Shugri Said Salh discusses how wanting to know her mother lead her to writing her coming-of-age novel, The Last Nomad.

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

Does your manuscript need a little more definition, but you’re not sure where to begin? Try these 100 tips to give your words more power.

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson discusses how she never gave up on her story, how she worked through internal doubts, and how research lead her out of romance and into historical fiction.

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WD Presents: Seven New Courses, Writing Prompts, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new courses, our Editorial Calendar, and more!