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.

The Story That Drove Me to Write

The Story That Drove Me to Write

Award-winning author Stephanie Kane shares the book that launched her career and provides insights for how you can pursue your story.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Epiphany Moment

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Epiphany Moment

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character experience an epiphany.

Eat Your Words: Your 8-Point Checklist for Writing Original Recipes

Eat Your Words: Your 8-Point Checklist for Writing Original Recipes

Food writer, cook, and committed vegan Peggy Brusseau explains how you can craft a cookbook that engages your reader and stands out from the crowd.

Flash Fiction Challenge

28 Writing Prompts for the 2021 Flash Fiction Challenge Challenge

Find all 28 poetry prompts for the 2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge Challenge in this post.

How to Not Write in the Pandemic, Early Days

How to Not Write in the Pandemic, Early Days

Novelist Rebecca Hardiman gives us an insight into the obstacles that cropped up for writers at the start of the 2020 global pandemic.

7 Tips for Writing Police Procedurals That Readers Love

7 Tips for Writing Police Procedurals That Readers Love

Mystery and crime novelist Russ Thomas explains how best to create a police procedural that will hook your reader and keep them coming back for more.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 560

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 alien poem.

3 Tips for Writing with a Co-Author

3 Tips for Writing with a Co-Author

Shakil Ahmad provides the top 3 things he learned while co-authoring the book Wild Sun with his brother Ehsan.

Viet Thanh Nguyen | The Committed | Writer's Digest Quote

WD Interview: Viet Thanh Nguyen on The Committed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the challenges of writing his second novel, The Committed, and why trusting readers can make for a more compelling narrative in this WD interview.