There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

Get on the cutting edge of today’s publishing trends and how authors can succeed in a world of fast-paced technological change, guided by the editors of Writer’s Digest. You’ll get an inside look at the work, play, and passion of the publishing business and find practical tools for success.


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3 Things House Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll bring you...

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DEADLINE JUNE 20: WD’s 85th Annual Writing Competition

This week is your last chance to enter the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! With 501 winners, this competition showcases beginning to veteran writers in all genres.       Don’t miss your chance to win a grand prize package that includes:   $5,000 in cash An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s...

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Write a Standout Chapter 1

We all know the importance of starting our stories strong: Without a beginning that draws the readers in (whether those readers are agents, editors or bookstore browsers), they may never make it to the middle. Enter the July/August 2016 Writer’s Digest: An entire issue devoted to helping you make your Chapter 1 shine. When...

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5 Tips for Editing Dialogue

Here’s a guest post from Arlene F. Marks, author of From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction and The Accidental God, in which she shares her tips for editing dialogue. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an...

Interview: Award-Winning Comedy Writer Kyle Dunnigan of “Inside Amy Schumer”

Emmy award–winning comedy writer Kyle Dunnigan is a writer/producer on “Inside Amy Schumer” who’s also written for FOX’s “Cedric the Entertainer Presents,” Comedy Central, MTV, and more. In addition, as an actor and standup comedian, he’s made appearances on “Reno 911!” “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “Late Night with Seth Myers,” and in 2015’s major...

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5 Things The Path Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll bring you...

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Indie Authors: Build Your Platform at Local Libraries

BY TYLER MOSS A library is more than simply a brick-and-mortar place to borrow books. It’s a community hub. A repository for stories. A portal into the imagination. But this fall, libraries will evolve again and become something more—a vital partner to independent authors in search of a platform. October 8, 2016, is the...

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4 Ways to Take Criticism Like a Pro

Here’s a guest post from Tanaz Bhathena, who writes Middle Eastern and South Asian fiction. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** Eight years ago, when I...

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June 25-26: WD’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Online Conference

Don’t miss your chance to attend WD’s one-of-a-kind Science Fiction & Fantasy Online Writing Conference! On June 25 and 26, Writer’s Digest University will provide expert insights from SEVEN award-winning and best-selling authors on the finer points of how to write within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Spend the weekend learning techniques for honing...

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DEADLINE JUNE 6: WD’s Self-Published Book Awards

This week is your last chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 24th annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.   Don’t miss your chance to win the grand...

Before They Were Famous: 20 Surprising Day Jobs of Beloved Authors

For many bestselling authors, hitting it big didn’t happen right away. From Arthur Conan Doyle to Anne Rice to Stephen King, some of our favorite writers toiled away at some pretty unexpected day jobs. This infographic is courtesy of Rachael Lui of The Expert Editor. Visit them online at experteditor.com.au or on Twitter @TheExpertEditor....

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Creating Setting and Subtext in Your Fiction

The following is a guest post by Writer’s Digest author Mary Buckham, author of A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings. She is also the author of the USA Today bestselling Invisible Recruits series, which has been touted for its unique voice, high action, and...

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4 Things The Office Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll bring you...

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4 Writing Routine Myths That Kill Creativity

BY TYLER MOSS Let’s get real—writing a novel is difficult. Especially if it’s your first time. Not only is it a test of stamina to see if you can stay committed and motivated to complete a full, book-length manuscript, but you have to explore and test out what practices work for you and which...

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It’s Never Too Late, Until You Don’t Do It

Here’s a guest post from Kim Bailey Deal, a published author who lives near Chattanooga. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** I started writing short stories...

What’s Your Storytelling Superpower?

In our social media-driven world, personality quizzes abound … but have you ever wondered if taking one could reveal something useful about your writing? Enter the Storytelling Superpower quiz, a fun and surprisingly insightful analysis of your strongest writing qualities.       The quiz was developed by Gabriela Pereira, the founder of DIY MFA and...

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How to Create a Successful Protagonist

This guest post is by Joseph Bates, whose new book Writing Your Novel From Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey provides the instruction, inspiration, and guidance you need to complete your novel. Bates is the author of Tomorrowland: Stories (Curbside Splendor 2013), and his short fiction has appeared in such journals as...

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What I Would Tell My Younger Writer Self

Here’s a guest post from Kathy Edens, a professional copywriter who works on fiction in her spare time. If you’d like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** There’s something so appealing about stepping outside of...

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4 Things Wayward Pines Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll be bringing...

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Freelance Writing Workshop: On Rejection

Few things are more frustrating for freelancers than the accumulation of rejection letters in our inbox. We all understand, on a practical level, that not every pitch is going to land—and in fact, that overall only a very small percent of the total queries we send out will actually find a home at a...

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DEADLINE FRIDAY: WD’s 85th Annual Writing Competition

Don’t miss your chance to enter the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! With 501 winners, this competition showcases beginning to veteran writers in all genres. Prizes You could win: An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only) $5,000 in cash An interview in Writer’s Digest One-on-one attention from four...

5-Minute Memoir: Snoopy & Me & the King of Burundi

This guest post is by Judy Millar. It originally appeared in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest, which you can purchase here. Millar is a Canadian humor writer and author of the short-story collection Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories. You can find her online at (judymillar.ca). Non-writers might assume we slaves to our keyboards spend our days slogging...

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3 Things Bloodline Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll be bringing...

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A Writer’s Guide to the Web

The May/June 2016 Writer’s Digest is your guide to making the most of the Web—and avoiding the worst of it. Most writers I know have a love/hate relationship with the Internet—and all that comes with it. Some days, we marvel at the capability to connect with writers and readers the world over, to publish without a middleman,...

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6 Tips for Successful Comedy Writing

This guest post is by Mark Shatz, author of Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition: The Best-Selling Guide to Writing Funny and Getting Paid for It. Mark A. Shatz is the author of KISSing Golf: The Keep It Simple (Stupid) Instructional Method, a humorous instructional book for beginning golfers. He is also an award-winning professor...