Weekly Round-Up: Great Stories and Great Agents

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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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May the Force Be With You

This week we celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Fourth...). Learn about the Hero's Journey as told by Star Wars.

Love It or Leave It

These are the 20 Most Popular Books in the World. Some are thousands of years old, others are significantly newer. Which ones will hold up?

Do you love writing? Do you love striving to create your Great Novel? Read why your primary focus as a writer should simply be To Spin a Great Yarn.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Gabrielle Piraino of DeFiore and Company. She is seeking imaginative sci-fi/fantasy, horror, thrillers, and up-market chick lit for Adults and Young Adults alike, as well as Children's and Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction with compelling characters, comics and graphic novels, and cookbooks or books on crafty lifestyle projects.

Working with the publishing industry for the first time can be challenging. Agents, editors, scouts—it's all a little overwhelming. We're here to help demystify the process. Here's How I Got My Literary Agent with romance author Janna MacGregor. Read 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Loretta Ellsworth for some insights. Finally, make sure you know How to Work with an Editorial Calendar.

Do you have a great agent? We want to hear from you.

And of course, what we all want to know: How to Make Money Writing.

Poetic Asides

We finished out April with the last two prompts in our 10th Annual April PAD Challenge:

  • Day 29: Write a "metric" poem.
  • Day 30: Write a poem titled "The (blank)," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.

Now that the challenge is over, check out 2017 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps.

The end of the PAD Challenge also means it's time to get back to our usual programming. This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on the Robert Frost Farm. For the Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "reconnect" poem.

To keep things from being too normal, instead of reading an interview of a poet, check out this interview of the founders of Penny Candy Books.

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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 lead to some exciting publishing opportunities.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

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.

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Vintage WD: Poetry without Rhyme—Or Even Thees and Thous

In this article from 1977, children’s writer and poet Jean Conder Soule explores the question, “How will I know when I’ve written a poem?”

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

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 thankful poem.

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Building Better Worlds: Five Tips to Guide Your Planning Process

Writer and WD editor Moriah Richard shares her top advice to help you fight world-building overwhelm and organize your story.

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Why I Write Mysteries

Mystery writer Nev March shares how she found herself writing historical mysteries and what she hopes readers will get from her storytelling.

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2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

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 exaggerated poem.

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5 Tips on How to Write a Cunning but Cozy Mystery Novel

Author Jennifer J. Chow shares her expertise on what makes a great cozy mystery novel engaging and thrilling.