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

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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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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.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 569

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 "In the Name of Blank" poem.

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover Reveal

The July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest features a collection of articles about writing for change plus an interview with Jasmine Guillory about her newest romance, While We Were Dating.

Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Lacie Waldon: On Writing What You Know ... But Keeping it Interesting

Debut novelist Lacie Waldon discusses how her agent encouraged her to write what she knew, but then her editor made her realize that what she thought was boring might not be the case.

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Pedal vs. Peddle (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use pedal and peddle with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Marissa Levien: On Pinning Down Your Novel's Middle

Debut author Marissa Levien discusses how she always knew what the beginning and the end of her science fiction novel The World Gives Way would be, but that the middle remained elusive.

Drawing the Line for Withholding Secrets in Young Adult and Middle-Grade Novels

Drawing the Line for Withholding Secrets in Young Adult and Middle Grade Novels

Middle-grade and young adult author Ren Koppel Torres shares the top tips for how you can keep secrets from your characters and readers.

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Payal Doshi: On Letting Rejection Bring You Clarity

Middle-grade author Payal Doshi discusses the sometimes-disheartening process of querying a novel and how she used rejection to fuel her passion for writing.

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WD Presents: Writer’s Digest Conference Announcements and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce that our 2021 Annual Conference will be virtual, registration is open for our 2021 in-person Novel Conference, and more!