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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Design Readable Blog Posts

Already half the way through this 8-part series on better blogging. The first three parts are linked below this post; today we’re covering why it’s important to design readable blog posts and also how to make that happen. Design Readable Blog Posts Step one, use headers like the one directly below the first paragraph...

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Put Blog Readers First

Here’s Day 3 of the 8-part series on better blogging for writers. The first day was aimed at creating a niche for your blog; the second day looked at crafting an editorial calendar for your blog; and today we’re going to discuss putting blog readers first. Put Blog Readers First In some ways, today’s...

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Craft an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

Time for Day 2 of this 8-part series on blogging. Yesterday, I shared why bloggers should create a niche for their blogs. Today, I’m going to cover one of the more important tools a blogger can pair with that niche: the editorial calendar. Craft an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog Even with my background...

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Create a Niche for Your Blog

Over the years, I’ve found a great deal of success through my blogging efforts, whether with my Poetic Asides blog on poetry or my more personal My Name Is Not Bob blog. Those efforts have led to freelance opportunities, recognition, and more. I’ve created an 8-part series of posts on better blogging for writers...

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5 Minutes to Writing Better Guns and Knives

A guest post by Benjamin Sobieck 1. Switchblades Are Out, Assisted Opening Knives Are In Switchblades (aka “automatic knives”) are still around, but they’ve grown gray hair and moved to Florida. How stereotypical. Since the mid-’90s, there’s a new whippersnapper on the block with all the benefits of switchblades and few of the legal...

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Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids — June 29 Boot Camp by the Agents at P.S. Literary (with a Critique for all Attendees)

Children’s books—young adult, middle grade, and picture books—have taken over the publishing industry (in a good way). Readers of all ages are devouring the books that used to only take up space in libraries, children’s bookshelves, or school classrooms. Now, children’s books are celebrated for their enchanting prose, their relatable characters, their beautiful illustrations,...

Call for Submissions: See Your Story in WD!

We want YOU to fill in the blank: “It’s NEVER Too Late To …”  Make Your Writing Dreams Come True! When it comes to your writing, did you finally get around to doing that thing you’ve always wanted to do? Every day, writers everywhere are realizing that it’s never too late to start that memoir, try...

Free Sample Chapter of Writing New Adult Fiction!

To help spread the spirit of summer and our Friends and Family Sale, we want to offer you a free sample chapter from one of our books! Today’s sample chapter is from Writing New Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson. Writing New Adult Fiction is a guidebook to writing 18- to 26-year-old characters. Halverson helps writers navigate how to write...

Creativity: The X Factor

One of the most popular toys in our household these days is a set of remote control bumper cars. One is red, one is blue, and to win a round of this game, you need to crash into your opponent’s car at just the right spot to eject the little helmeted driver. We acquired...

5 Quotes by Legendary Writer William Zinsser (In Memoriam)

To write well, William Zinsser believed, you had to “believe in your writing and believe in yourself, taking risks, daring to be different, pushing yourself to excel.” The National Magazine Award–winning journalist and author of 18 books—including the acclaimed bestseller On Writing Well, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies—Zinsser was known for...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jill Kelly

BY JILL KELLY Over the last 15 years, I’ve become a prolific writer. I started my writing career in 2002 when I took a first workshop and began writing narrative memoir essays. In 2007 I published my memoir, Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman, which was a finalist for the prestigious Oregon...

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Have an Agent Critique Your Entire Picture Book or the First 10 Pages of Your YA/MG Book: Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts April 20

The world of children’s books-young adult, middle grade and picture books-has seen more growth in the last ten years than any other category in the publishing industry. Countless articles and op-eds have analyzed the booming success of now-iconic series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Fancy Nancy. But while critics are debating the...

Tips for Writing and Selling Short Stories

“We are generally taught to build our stories with more words,” “100 Word Story” co-founder Grant Faulkner points out in the May/June 2015 Writer’s Digest article on writing flash, the shortest of short fiction. And he’s right. When studying the fiction writer’s craft, so much emphasis is on developing characters with more layers, plots...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ann Weisgarber

BY ANN WEISGARBER 1. Know the trends, then ignore them. I’m a believer we must write the stories that haunt us and won’t leave us alone until we’ve put words to paper. Our writing will be better, the voices stronger, and the emotions will ring true if we follow our hearts rather than try to...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lisa Freeman

BY LISA FREEMAN In “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This...

What We Can Learn From Multi-Genre Authors

One of my favorite parts of my job as editor of Writer’s Digest is overseeing our WD Interview cover stories in every issue—deciding who to feature, making sure we’re hosting a conversation that covers ground our readers won’t find elsewhere, and quite often even conducting the interviews and crafting the profiles myself. I’ve always firmly...

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Tips for the Writer With No Routine

BY ERIN ENTRADA KELLY To enter to win a copy of BLACKBIRD FLY, leave a comment—share your best tip for finding or keeping a writing routine, tell your “how I got organized” story, or just say hi to Erin Entrada Kelly. All comments count as an entry, but each commenter will be considered only once regardless...

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12 Workplace Skills to Apply to Your Writing Career

BY LISA TENER Katherine quit her pharmaceutical sales job in Colorado and moved back east to write her book. She hunkered down in a snug condo and imagined writing in her light-filled sunroom. Despite more time on her hands than ever, she went days without writing. Within six months she took another sales job...

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Call for Submissions: Reject a Hit

In each issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, we ask one reader to step into the role of the unconvinced, perhaps even curmudgeonly or fool-hearted editor. What harsh rejection letters might the authors of some of our favorite hit books have had to endure? We need more of those 300-word, short-sighted rejection letters! If you’d like...