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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.

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.

From Script

Art and Independence (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” television writer Vanessa Benton, Allegoria writer-director Spider One, Hulu’s Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison and director Dan Trachtenberg, and more!

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Steven Hartov discusses the surprising truths he discovered when writing his new historical fiction novel, The Last of the Seven.

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Award-winning author Larry Beinhart discusses what he learned in the process of writing his new mystery novel, The Deal Goes Down.

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WD Presents: A Competition Announcement, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our self-published e-book awards, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Award-winning playwright and author Leah Franqui discusses how she examined her life through a fictive lens with her new novel, After the Hurricane.

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch discusses how to pace your story's fight scene and shares three examples from writers who tackle pacing differently.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is rushing the drafting process.

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

USA Today bestselling author Kwana Jackson discusses writing her new romance novel, Knot Again.