Weekly Round-Up: Rules and Suggestions

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Follow the Rules...

...or don't. Either way, it's usually recommended to at least understand the rules. Here are 5 Writing Rules Everyone Should Know.

Make sure your legal thriller follows the laws of the genre by avoiding these 3 mistakes.

Break the "rule" that protagonists should be good and likable. Make your characters more interesting by using narrative distance to manipulate a protagonist's likability.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Justin Wells of Corvisiero Literary. Justin is looking for fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction for middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult readers.

If you're planning on going the self-publishing route, there may be more funding opportunities that you would expect. Find out more in Understanding Crowdfunding as a Self-Publishing Option, Part 1 and Part 2.

To prepare your manuscript for the eyes of agents and editors, find readers who are willing to offer critiques. Once you get those critiques, here's How to Tell if Criticism is Valid (And What to do About Valid Criticism).

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem entitled "Good (blank)," replacing the blank with a word or phrase of your choosing.

Challenge yourself by trying out a Japanese poetic form: the mondo. If that's not enough for you, here are 10 Japanese poetic forms for you to try.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on the monthly Poetry Hickory events in North Carolina.

Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.

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The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.

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Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.

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Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.

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Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.

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Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.

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Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

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

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a future poem.