My Best Posts From 2010

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Here's the very best advice I offered here at NO RULES in 2010. This can serve as a handy guide, or share this link with writers who might be new to NO RULES. (What a good Christmas gift, right?)

Above: my cat Zelda. She approves of this list. Plus I don't think I posted one cat photo all year. I think there's a law that every blog needs to use at least one cat photo each year (if not each month).

Craft & Technique

The Biggest Bad Advice About Story Openings

Story Openings: What Constitutes Significant/Meaningful Action?

Your No. 1 Challenge If You're Writing a Memoir

Getting Published

How to Ensure 75% of Agents Will Request Your Material

The Ultimate Guide to Novel Queries

Your Self-Help Book Should Not Be a Thinly Disguised Memoir

7 Free-to-Enter National Writing Competitions That Impact Your Career

Marketing & Promotion

The Most Important Marketing Acronym: WIIFM

Why Don't Publishers Market & Promote the Books They Publish?

Authors: Build Your E-mail List—NOW

Blogs/Websites

Why Start a Website or Blog If You Have Nothing to Promote?

What Should Fiction Writers Blog About?

Should You Hire Someone to Design Your Website?

Social Media

When or Why Social Media Fails to Sell Books

Should You Create a Facebook Fan Page? (And If So, When?)

Self-Publishing

The No. 1 Most Important Factor for Writers Considering the Self-Pub Option

The Best 101 on Self-Publishing + Resources

Self-Publishing and Online Publishing Will Not Ruin Your Chances at a Traditional Deal


The Writing Life

Your Excuses About Writing Are Vitally Important

The Secret to Writing & Publishing That Should Be Taped to Your Wall

Industry Trends

The 3 Best Takeaways for Writers From BookExpo America

Best Resources for Successful Writers of the Future

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I also started a Back to Basics series in 2010. Click here to see all entries in the category. I cover 101 questions like how to get published, how to start blogging, what your rights are as a writer, and why you might be getting rejected.

Want more? Check out The Secrets to Publishing Success (Jane's 2009 Tough Love Guide)

From the Practical to the Mystic: 7 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

From the Practical to the Mystic: 7 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Bestselling author Erika Robuck provides her top 7 tips for creating an engaging historical fiction novel.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 559

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 short poem.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 24

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to create a new myth.

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Crafting Animal Characters like an Expert

Whether your work-in-progress features a witch's familiar, a talking animal sidekick, or a companion pet, WD editor Moriah Richard gives you the basics on how to create an animal character.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti quotes | Time wears down the pencil

8 Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 8 Lawrence Ferlinghetti quotes for writers and about writing from the author of A Coney Island of the Mind, Poetry as Insurgent Art, and Pictures of the Gone World. In these quotes, Ferlinghetti covers time, craft, passion, and more.

Russ Thomas: The Beginning and Ending of Writing

Russ Thomas: The Beginning and Ending of Writing

Mystery and crime novelist Russ Thomas discusses why he believes character is the beginning and ending of writing and what inspired his latest book, Nighthawking.

Flash Fiction Challenge

2021 February Flash Fiction Challenge: Day 23

Write a piece of flash fiction each day of February with the February Flash Fiction Challenge, led by editor Moriah Richard. Each day, receive a prompt, example story, and write your own. Today's prompt is to write something based off a random word.

Amara: Market Spotlight

Amara: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Amara, a single-title romance imprint of Entangled Publishing.