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Break the Rules of Writing & Get Inspired!

The newest issue of Writer's Digest spotlights the art of breaking the rules. You'll learn ways to break out of your comfort zone, tools to help you create conflict within your story, and advice for getting the most out of writing conferences.

The newest issue of Writer's Digest spotlights the art of breaking the rules. You'll learn ways to break out of your comfort zone, tools to help you create conflict within your story, and advice for getting the most out of writing conferences. Here's what's inside this issue:

How to Break the Rules for Writers | Writers Digest Magazine

Author Interviews

In the July/August 2012 issue, you'll read an interview with our cover author, Adriana Trigiani, on her new novel, The Shoemaker's Wife. She talks about the challenges of making this novel historically accurate, how long it took her to write this story, her writing routine, and how she interacts with her readers.

Read another featured author interview with bestselling author Andre Dubus III here.

Plot Structure & Conflict:

  • How to wow your readers with a plot twist
  • James Scott Bell's five tools for building conflict
  • How to create conflict in a romance novel

Marketing & Promotion:

  • How to market and promote your writing without a huge budget
  • Tips for selling the movie and TV rights to your work

Freelance Writing:

  • Freelance writing strategies for pitching ideas to editors

More Writing Tips:

  • Defining denouement
  • The keys to finishing a book

Writer's Digest Competition Winners Announced!

Read the winning entry from last year's WD’s Annual Short Short Competition and see the list of the top 10 winners.

We also announce the winners of the seventh annual WD’s Annual Poetry Awards. We had almost 2,300 poems submitted, but you can read the winning entry here.

Looking for more articles on writing? Check out our in-depth articles on how to write a novel, publish a book, and write a query letter. Plus, don't forget to check out the online exclusives from this issue.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.

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Jessica Grose: On the Unsustainability of Parenting

Opinion writer and author Jessica Grose discusses the complicated subject of modern motherhood in her new nonfiction book, Screaming on the Inside.

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Elizabeth Shick: On Research Through Immersion

Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Shick discusses the complete rewrite she devoted to her debut novel, The Golden Land.

6 Habits Writers Can Learn From Athletes

6 Habits Writers Can Learn From Athletes

Author and athlete Henriette Lazaridis shares six tips and habits that writers can learn from athletes.

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WD Presents: Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Websites, Our Historical Fiction Virtual Conference, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce the deadline to nominate your favorite writing websites, our Historical Fiction Virtual Conference, and more!

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

From having reverence for the original to making it your own, author Nikki Payne shares four tips for writing a modern retelling.

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use faint vs. feint in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples. Plus, we answer whether it's "faint of heart" or "feint of heart."

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter | Book Recommendations

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter

Here are 6 book recommendation perfect for winter reading.

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch shares 12 things all writers should consider when attempting to write effective fight scenes in fiction.