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Weekly Round-Up: April, Agents, and Almost Missed You

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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Antagonists and Antiheroes

Who do you think is the best book villain of all time? Vote now in Arch Villain Madness: The Fatal Four.

Do you find yourself thinking that many protagonists are just too good? Try writing a character whose morality is a bit more questionable. Here's how to craft the perfect antihero.

Prepare Yourself

When it comes time to actually sit at your desk and start writing, what's the first thing you do? Maybe the first step is changing the focus of your attention. Read Preparing Your Mind for Writing: How to Make the Shift for more.

Before you sit down to write, you need to prepare yourself by finding some inspiration: Find the Right Writing Inspiration for Your Life.

Agents and Attention

This week's new literary agent alert is for Kortney Price of Holloway Literary. She is looking for middle-grade fiction, young adult thrillers, and contemporary new adult fiction.

For your book to find its readers, you have to make sure it captures their attention. Here are 10 Ways to Make Your Submission Stand Out in the Slush Pile. Even after publication, there's still work to do. Read How to Develop a Street Team for Your Book, and learn about working with others to ensure your book gets that attention.

Poetic Asides

The beginning of April (that's today!) heralds National Poetry Month and our 10th Annual April PAD Challenge. Find out more about the challenge and check out 3 Tips for Navigating the April PAD Challenge.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem using a music genre as the title.

Not enough for you? Here are 10 Short Poetic Forms for you to try.

If you haven't been keeping up with the new Poetry Spotlights feature, make sure you check out Robert Lee Brewer's 10 Things in the World of Poetry I Love.

For Your Shelf

Editorial director Jessica Strawser's debut novel came out this week! Make sure you check out Almost Missed You, available now.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 597

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an "Imagine a World..." poem.

How To Create a Podcast, Develop an Audience, and Get Your Novel Published

How To Create a Podcast, Develop an Audience, and Get Your Novel Published

We’ve discussed podcasting to help promote the book you’ve written—but what about podcasting as a way to tell the story itself? Here, author Liz Keller Whitehurst discusses how the podcast of her novel, Messenger, came to be.

Hunter or Hunted?

Hunter or Hunted?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, we're in the middle of a hunt.

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory

Announcing the Get Published in 2022: Breaking In Resource Directory from Writer's Digest magazine, which includes advice from 41 agents, 39 debut authors, and 27 small presses.

The Idaho Review: Market Spotlight

The Idaho Review: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at The Idaho Review, a literary journal accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions.

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

Learn when you're using an abbreviation vs. acronym vs. initialism with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

What Is Investigative Journalism?

What Is Investigative Journalism?

Alison Hill breaks down the definition of investigative journalism, how good investigative journalism makes for sweeping societal change, and how the landscape of the work is evolving.

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WD Presents: 6 WDU Courses, an Upcoming Virtual Conference, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce six new WDU courses, a romance writing virtual conference, and more!

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Past experiences taught bestselling author Alan Russell to tread lightly when it came to collaborating on projects. Here, he discusses how the right person and the right story helped him go from a “me” to a “we.”