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Found the Missing Poetic Asides Categories

Some of you may have already stumbled upon this, but I couldn't locate the Poetic Asides categories until I talked to WritersDigest.com editor Brian Klems. If you look over on the right side of the page, there is a dropdown with the header: Search Blog Categories (it just blended into the ads for me over there).

If you click on the arrow for that dropdown, you'll see all the Poetic Asides categories, including Poet Interviews, Poetic Forms, previous April and November challenges, and more.

I'm starting to feel a little more comfortable with this new platform, and it's kind of neat to see people commenting directly on poems. It's also really cool to see pictures of many of you next to your poems and comments too.

There are still probably ways to improve this new blog platform, but I'm at least starting to feel a little more comfortable than when it initially launched. I hope you all are too.

5 Tips for Using Personal Stories in Your Writing

5 Tips for Using Personal Stories in Your Writing

When you draw inspiration from your own experiences, what you use is fair game. But what if it's about someone else? Here, author Phoebe Fox shares 5 tips for using personal stories in your writing.

Chloe Gong: On Hope in the Midst of Violence

Chloe Gong: On Hope in the Midst of Violence

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November PAD Chapbook Challenge

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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 future poem.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Not There

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Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, your characters realize the thing they've been searching for is not there.

4 Ways Pitch Wars Can Help Writers Find Publishing Success

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While the road to publication has many routes, getting on the right path can feel daunting. Here, author Kerry Rea shares her experience and offers 4 ways Pitch Wars can help other writers find publishing success.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

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 Thursday poem.

The Best Books We Received as Gifts: From the Editors of Writer's Digest

The Best Books We Received as Gifts: From the Editors of Writer's Digest

The WD editors have come together to help you find the perfect present for the reader in your life this holiday season. Here are the best books we received as gifts.

Jayne Castle’s 3 Rules of World Building

Jayne Castle’s 3 Rules of World Building

If you think world building is something only fantasy and science-fiction writers need to master, think again. All stories of all genres require worlds that feel real and authentic. Here, Jayne Castle offers her 3 rules of world building.

Marc Cameron: On Writing What You Know

Marc Cameron: On Writing What You Know

New York Times bestselling author Marc Cameron discusses how the pandemic had him writing about places he knows best in his new thriller, Tom Clancy Chain Of Command.