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.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Split Up

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters split up.

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Deborah Hall, 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winner

The winner of the 2020 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards discusses the inspiration behind her first-place poem, “The Loneliest Whale."

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Kerry Winfrey: On Writing a Romance that's Cozy and Comforting

Author Kerry Winfrey wrote her latest romance, Very Sincerely Yours, during the 2020 pandemic to comfort herself. Here, she's explaining why that tone is important for readers.

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The 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WD Poetry Awards!

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Your Story #113

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

E.J. Levy: When Your First Draft is Your Best Draft

Author E.J. Levy discusses her journey with drafting and redrafting her historical fiction novel, The Cape Doctor, and why her first draft was her best draft.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 569

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

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover

Writer's Digest July/August 2021 Cover Reveal

The July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest features a collection of articles about writing for change plus an interview with Jasmine Guillory about her newest romance, While We Were Dating.