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4 Poetry Chapbook Strategies

Since many poets are getting together their November chapbooks this month, here are some poetry chapbook strategies. These are different than the 5 Tips for Organizing Poetry Chapbook Manuscripts, which is also worth a quick read. Here are four poetry chapbook strategies: Include Only Your Most Vital Poems. Show More Summary

#ThrowbackThursday: Old-School Ads in Writer’s Digest

Writer’s Digest has been around for nearly 97 years—which means that developments in technology and shifts in culture have, in many ways, wildly altered the litterateur landscape. (Some things, though, like pen, paper, and a good ol’...Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Sarah Maine

7. Patience. Perhaps the most important thing I have learned so far is patience. Patience with myself when nothing seems to go well, patience waiting for feedback from busy friends or professionals (and patience with their comments when...Show More Summary

How to Add Humor to Your Novel During Revision

Revision is your chance to add humor and entertainment value—in any genre. Here’s how to do it. The post How to Add Humor to Your Novel During Revision appeared first on

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: What to Get a Writer

Use our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide to pin down a present for the wordsmith in your life. The following is a smattering of our favorite literary miscellanea these days. 1. Literary-Themed Scarves Let words bring you warmth—literally. These...Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 374

Wow! After a month of writing a poem each and every day, it felt so weird going a whole week between prompts. For today’s prompt, write a pop poem. This poem could be about popcorn, pop-up books, pop-out decorations, pop quizzes, pop culture, Pop-Tarts, or any number of pop-related topics. Show More Summary

Write Your Manifesto

When you are clear about who you are as a writer—meaning you know what you write and for whom—you can create more coherently and productively. The tricky part is that people evolve. Life stages and life events will inevitably shape you. Show More Summary

9 Reasons For Writers to Keep a Time Log

Wasting away your day is a terrible proposition for a writer. I found a remedy, though: keep a time log. Here's how to do it and increase your writing productivity. The post 9 Reasons For Writers to Keep a Time Log appeared first on

What Is Your Character’s Cornerstone?

If you’re not watching the excellent HBO series Westworld, you should. Not only is the show a study in deft plotting and complex themes, but it’s a delicious, entertaining mystery that continues to surprise me week after week. (The season...Show More Summary

Weekly Round-up: Author Insights and Challenge Winners

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,...Show More Summary

Naming a Newly Published Author

Does the name one selects to grace the cover of his or her book feel right to build a reputation and writing career on? Only the author can ultimately decide what is right. The post Naming a Newly Published Author appeared first on

Three Wishes

You bump into a genie and she offers to grant you three wishes. What are your wishes and why? The post Three Wishes appeared first on

Peak vs. Peek (vs. Pique) – Grammar Rules

Knowing the difference between peek and peak piqued my interest. Here are the differences explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way. The post Peak vs. Peek (vs. Pique) – Grammar Rules appeared first on

Answers to Your Novel Writing Questions

I’ve interviewed enough authors over the years to know this: Even the most successful among them can remember with vivid clarity the tentative tingling of first sitting down to write a novel and feeling as if they had no idea what they were doing. Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Rachel Dunne

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Rachel Dunne, author of IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as...Show More Summary

10 Great Tips on How to Write a Book With a Co-author

If you’re interested in co-authoring a novel with another writer, here are ten excellent tips from two writers who have successfully co-authored together. The post 10 Great Tips on How to Write a Book With a Co-author appeared first on

How to Create Moral Stakes in Your Fiction

We experience life as feelings. Yet, so much fiction is written to minimize feelings or leave them out altogether. It’s as if emotions are not a fit subject or writing about them is too simplistic. Even fiction that celebrates feelings, romance for instance, can sometimes work with only a limited and familiar emotional palette. Show More Summary

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Only 2 days left! So it’s appropriate… For today’s prompt, we’re once again doing two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts: Write a love poem. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Serene Hakim of Ayesha Pande Literary

Serene is actively seeking YA (all genres but in particular: sci-fi and fantasy with a unique hook, realistic YA with diverse characters), upmarket women's fiction, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. The post New Literary Agent Alert: Serene Hakim of Ayesha Pande Literary appeared first on

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For today’s prompt, write a falling apart poem. The poem could be about a crumbling house, tree losing its leaves, or a car that’s breaking down. Of course, people break down and fall apart all the time–in both large and small ways.Show More Summary

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