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Weekly Round-Up: Writing, Weeds, and Women's Fiction

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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Weeds and Other Living Things

It can take a long time to write and publish a book—which is Why You Should Have the Tenacity of a Weed as a Writer. Read on to learn about one author's long road to publication.

Find out How to Plan Out Your Yearly Goals as a Writer and get a free downloadable worksheet from the author of Bring Your Fiction to Life.

Arranging Genre

Interested in writing a historical novel? Read 6 Keys to Writing a Compelling Historical Novel first to learn how you can (and can't) cheat with history.

Then check out When Does Black Women's Fiction Become Just Women's Fiction? for a take on issues of bookstore organization—and to learn why you should start looking for your favorite genre on special interest shelves.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new agent alert is for Jennifer Haskin of Metamorphosis Literary Agency. She is seeking young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian fiction. (She is a sucker for romance, too.) She is drawn to faulty heroines with strong voices, real friendships, and super skills with a weapon, as well as a hunky love interest with a tangled plot of his own.

For a successful example of a debut novelist's querying experience, read the newest installment of How I Got My Agent.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem about a useful, though seemingly innocuous, item. Then challenge yourself with a new poetic form: the rannaigheact mhor.

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

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.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character turn out to be less than they seem.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 15th 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.