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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.


Readability: Get Out of the Way

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. At the level of the … Read more

Best Tweets: No Bananas Today

Best Tweets for Writers rests this week due to technical difficulties (no kidding), but will return next Sunday. In the meantime, you can check out this curated Twitter list: Best Tweets for Writers

Premise Vs. Story: One Big Mistake Writers Make

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. In some cases, novels don’t … Read more

Best of the Quest: One Author’s Tale of How His Memoir of Movie-watching Came to Be

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When the “Eureka!” moment happened I was supposed to be concentrating on a lot of other things: getting an American agent interested in my screenplays; working as a full-time film critic and doing freelance on the side to help pay the rent; being a good partner to Clare and a dad to our 14-month-old daughter Ava. But once I saw an egregious little tween comedy called Material Girls and then discovered it was at that very moment the user-voted “worst movie ever” on the Internet Movie Database, the question wouldn’t let me be: What really was the worst movie ever made?

Michael Adams is a magazine contributor to publications such as Empire and Rolling Stone. And, for a brief shining moment, he was co-host of The Movie Show. Read more

Happy 90th to Writer's Digest (Comes With Facelift)

Today, Writer’s Digest & Writer’s Market celebrate 90 years of serving writers with a gathering in our hometown of Cincinnati. We’ve been fortunate to have news outlets in town cover the festivities … Read more

Form the Perfect Critique Group

My colleague, Kelly Nickell, is the mastermind behind the titles we publish at Writer’s Digest Books (with the exception of the annual market listing guides—more on that here). On a regular basis, … Read more

Story Structure: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. Structure is the way scenes … Read more

Tips for Writing and Selling the Book-Length Memoir (Part 2 of 2)

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“Is my life fascinating enough?” That’s the question raised today in a special guest column by journalist and memoir writer Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks. (This column is Part 2 of 2. See Part 1 here.) If you’re interested in writing life stories and memoir, check out Ethan’s Boston-based, eight-week intensive memoir class (next class begins Jan 26, 2010). Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/15/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on … Read more

Originality: Making Your Work Seem Fresh & New

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. The author of Ecclesiastes had … Read more

Telling a Story: One-Sentence Stress Test

Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. – In a work of … Read more

The Strengths of the Harry Potter Series

This post introduces a 13-part series on the craft & technique of Harry Potter by the insightful Jim Adam. This series includes: Telling a Story: The One-Sentence Stress Test Originality: Making Your … Read more

Wanting Is Fundamental to Fiction

As always, the Glimmer Train bulletin has wonderful gems for fiction writers. Here’s one of my favorites from Cary Holladay: Sometimes I start my fiction workshop by asking students to introduce themselves … Read more

Tips for Writing and Selling the Book-Length Memoir (Part 1 of 2)

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“Is my life fascinating enough?” That’s the question raised today in a special guest column by journalist and memoir writer Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks. (This column is Part 1 of 2. See Part II here.) If you’re interested in writing life stories and memoir, check out Ethan’s Boston-based, eight-week intensive memoir class (next class begins Jan 26, 2010). Read more

What Does Future Hold for Writers? Predictions for 2010-2020

Predictions are common as a new year begins–especially a new decade. And the publishing industry invites more speculation than ever, given the tremendous transformation underway. Below are the most compelling predictions I … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/8/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on … Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jody M. Roy

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This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Jody M. Roy.

Jody M. Roy, Ph.D., serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere. One of her books include Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story. Read more

Pugilistic Passion for the Artist and the Athlete

Today’s guest post is by storyteller extraordinaire Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read more of her guest posts for this blog. The photo above shows boxer Deirdre Gogarty bloodying the … Read more

What is an Author Platform?

I’ve talked about platform before on the blog but it’s always a nice refresher to get a different perspective and a reminder of 1) what it is, and 2) why it’s important. … Read more

This Is Never Going to Work

Today (catching up on reading), I read the New York Times story of how Reader’s Digest is trying to re-invent itself—or stay alive. A few highlights from the article: Posters in the … Read more

5 Things That Make Me Stop Reading Websites & Blogs

Just in case you missed it, my first contribution to Writer Unboxed went live last week: 5 Things That Make Me Stop Reading Websites & Blogs It’s generated a lot of excellent … Read more

Great Storytelling 101 (or: We've Forgotten How to Tell Stories)

I love this quote from Steven Spielberg, because it’s so true: People have forgotten how to tell a story. I recently watched a critique of the Star Wars prequel, hoping for a … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 12/18/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on … Read more

I'm Now a Regular Contributor to Writer Unboxed

I’m very proud to announce that, starting this week, I’ll be a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed. My first post, to appear this Friday, will discuss the 5 things that make me … Read more

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 12/11/09)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always welcome your suggestions on … Read more

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