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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.

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

How Opening Ourselves to Other People Can Make Us Better Writers

The writing process is both individual and communal, as receiving constructive feedback and outside encouragement helps our drafts become finished manuscripts. Author Peri Chickering discusses how opening ourselves up to others can make us better writers.

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

What Forensic Science’s Godmother Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

Stephanie Kane discusses the impact of Frances Glessner Lee, the godmother of forensic science, and her crime scene dioramas on writing mysteries.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Still Alive

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Still Alive

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, reveal that a character who was thought deceased is actually still among the living.

Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication

Mark Anthony: On Destigmatizing Paranormal Communication

Author Mark Anthony hopes to educate and normalize paranormal communication with his new spirituality book, The Afterlife Frequency.

Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries

Ways Animals Have Interacted With Writers Through the Centuries

Across the globe and spanning lifetimes, animals have always operated as more than simply animals within the stories they reside. Author Richard Girling discusses how animals have interacted with writers throughout the centuries.

Margaret Verble: On Combining Facts and Imagination in Historical Fiction.

Margaret Verble: On Combining Facts and Imagination in Historical Fiction.

Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Verble discusses the process of writing her new historical fiction novel, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 586

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

Creating Space to Ponder Your Bliss and Relying on Your Inner Compass to Guide Your Writing

Creating Space to Ponder Your Bliss and Relying on Your Inner Compass to Guide Your Writing

What do you do in a world perpetually in fast forward? You create spaces for contemplation. Author Terry Helwig offers advice on creating spaces to ponder your bliss and how to find your inner compass.

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Small Comforts

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about a small comfort.