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Weekly Round-Up: April Events and Advice

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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March Into April

The results of the Arch Villain Madness: Final Showdown are in: Professor Moriarty is the best book villain of all time.

Last Saturday was April Fools' Day. In (belated) celebration, check out the “April Fools’ Headlines for Writers” Contest. The competition is closed, but you can still entertain yourself by reading the witty entries before the winners are revealed.

Battle the Elements

Do you always write in one genre, but find yourself interested in trying out another? Read 4 Tips for Changing Genres Within Young Adult from the author of the Elemental series.

If the genre you're interested in is Urban Fantasy, make sure you check out 5 Elements All Urban Fantasy Novels Must Have.

Revision can feel like an uphill battle—especially once you've already climbed the mountain of writing your novel in the first place. Follow these 7 Strategies for Revising Your Novel to make that climb as smooth as possible.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Kaitlyn Johnson of Corvisiero Literary Agency. She is seeking young adult, new adult, and adult fiction, especially fantasy, but also time travel, dystopian, romance, and historical.

Sometimes, rejections can lead to better opportunities and better writing. Read How I Learned to Query by Working as a Lit Agency Reader for one writer's journey.

Is fear standing in your way toward success? Learn How to Pitch Your Book Fearlessly.

Poetic Asides

We're one week into our 10th Annual April PAD Challenge. Catch up on all of the prompts so far:

  • Day 1: Write a "reminiscing" poem.
  • Day 2: Write a "not today" poem.
  • Day 3: Write a poem titled "(blank) of Love," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 4: Two-for-Tuesday! Write a "beginning" poem, or write an "ending" poem.
  • Day 5: Write a poem using an element as the title or part of the title.
  • Day 6: Write a poem about sound.
  • Day 7: Write a "discovery" poem.

In Memoriam

This week, we remember Richard Nelson Bolles, a pioneer in self-publishing. Learn more about Bolles and his hit book, What Color is Your Parachute?

How to Write a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

How to Create a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

Learn how to create a compelling premise for a thriller or mystery novel by asking a simple question and tying it to a specific circumstance to set the stage for a thrilling read.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters make a plan.

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

If you've ever heard it said that there's no new way to write a story, let author Julian R. Vaca tell you otherwise. Here, he shares 3 tips for writing dystopian young adult fiction to help silence our inner critics.

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 621

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 animal poem.

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Not sure which way to turn when writing intimate scenes? Author Jo McNally shares how to write compelling love scenes that make sense for the story you’re writing.