Weekly Round-Up: April Events and Advice

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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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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?

Arisa White: Putting the Pieces Together

Arisa White: Putting the Pieces Together

In this post, Arisa White shares how she was able to piece together her past with her present, how some works freed her to write, and more!

Adapt vs. Adept vs. Adopt (Grammar Rules)

Adapt vs. Adept vs. Adopt (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use adapt vs. adept vs. adopt with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

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Nuggets of Humor

Bestselling humor author Samantha Irby talks about her writing process and finding funny topics for essays.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

Announcing the 14th annual April Poem-A-Day Challenge on Poetic Asides. Here are the guidelines for this fun annual poeming challenge that starts on April 1.

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WD Presents: Call for Submissions, Free Downloads, and more!

This week, we’re excited to announce a call for submissions to the WD Self-Published Book Awards, free resources for writers, and more!

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 28

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write a story using only dialogue.

Nicole Galland: On Returning to Familiar Characters

Nicole Galland: On Returning to Familiar Characters

Bestselling author Nicole Galland explains what it was like to dive into writing a series and how speculative fiction allows her to explore her interests.

6 Tools for Writing Nonfiction That Breathes

6 Tools for Writing Nonfiction That Breathes

Nonfiction author Liz Heinecke gives her top 6 tips for crafting a nonfiction book that will really capture your subject.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 27

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write something that makes you laugh.