Weekly Round-Up: Fantasy and Reality

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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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Who do you think is the best book villain of all time? Vote now in Arch Villain Madness: The Evil Eight.

A Whole New World

Are you interested in writing science fiction or fantasy? Find out How to Build Fantastic Worlds. Then, when you're putting in the work to create your world, make sure you consider these 6 Tips for World Building in Your Fantasy.

Even if you're writing about a real country—like England, if you're an American, or vice versa—it's still important to build and understand the world of your story. One way to do that? Language. Check out this Guide to British vs. American English to make sure you're fully inhabiting your story world.

The Realities of Writing Life

Editorial Director Jessica Strawser has been part of the WD community for years, but it's only in preparation for the release of her debut novel, Almost Missed You, on March 28 that she's truly come to understand the value of a writing community. Here, she shares 5 Reasons Fellow Writers Are Essential to Your Life.

Read What Your Writing Life Looks Like as a Professional to understand the differences between the expectation and the reality of being a professional writer.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for John Bowers of the Bent Agency. He is looking for Southern Gothic and Southern-influenced literary fiction, historical fiction, idea-driven science fiction and dystopian fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

Online writing contests have been growing in popularity on social media. Read The Benefits of Participating in Writing Contests on Twitter to understand why, and get started!

Poetic Asides

April is almost here, which means it's time to prepare yourself for the 10th Annual April PAD Challenge. Find out more here. Then check out some samples from the 2016 April PAD Challenge.

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an "improvement" poem. Then challenge yourself by trying a new poetic form: the descort.