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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?

Michigan Quarterly Review: Market Spotlight

Michigan Quarterly Review: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Michigan Quarterly Review, the flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan.

Desperate vs. Disparate (Grammar Rules)

Desperate vs. Disparate (Grammar Rules)

This post looks at the differences between desperate and disparate with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

What Is Pastiche in Literature, and Why Is Sherlock Holmes Perfect for It?

What Is Pastiche in Literature, and Why Is Sherlock Holmes Perfect for It?

What has made Sherlock Holmes so adaptable and changeable throughout the character’s original inception? Author Timothy Miller explains.

How to Write Through Grief and Find Creativity

How to Write Through Grief and Find Creativity

When author Diana Giovinazzo found herself caught in the storm of grief, doing what she loved felt insurmountable. Here, she shares how she worked through her grief to find her creativity again.

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WD Presents: Our Brand-New Digital Guide, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce our new “Get Published in 2022” digital guide, six new WDU courses, and more!

5 Tips for Keeping Your Writing Rolling

5 Tips for Keeping Your Writing Rolling

The occasional bump in the writing process is normal, but it can be difficult to work through. Here, author Genevieve Essig shares five ways to keep your writing rolling.

From Script

How to Write from a Place of Truth and Desire and Bending the Rules in Screenwriting (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with screenwriter Steven Knight (Spencer), Mike Mills (C'mon C'mon), and David Mitchell (Matrix Resurrection). Plus, how to utilize your vulnerability in your writing and different perspectives on screenwriting structure.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Forgetting To Read

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Forgetting To Read

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 forgetting to read.

Tapping Your Memories for Emotional Truths on the Page

Tapping Your Memories for Emotional Truths on the Page

Sharing even a fraction of our feelings with our characters will help our stories feel more authentic. Here, Kris Spisak explains how to tap into our memories to tell emotional truths on the page.