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Weekly Round-Up: Rules and Suggestions

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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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.

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.

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Art and Independence (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” television writer Vanessa Benton, Allegoria writer-director Spider One, Hulu’s Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison and director Dan Trachtenberg, and more!

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Steven Hartov discusses the surprising truths he discovered when writing his new historical fiction novel, The Last of the Seven.

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Award-winning author Larry Beinhart discusses what he learned in the process of writing his new mystery novel, The Deal Goes Down.

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WD Presents: A Competition Announcement, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our self-published e-book awards, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Award-winning playwright and author Leah Franqui discusses how she examined her life through a fictive lens with her new novel, After the Hurricane.

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch discusses how to pace your story's fight scene and shares three examples from writers who tackle pacing differently.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Rushing the Drafting Process

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 rushing the drafting process.

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

Kwana Jackson: On Finding the Right Home for Your Story

USA Today bestselling author Kwana Jackson discusses writing her new romance novel, Knot Again.