Warning: You Don't Want to Miss the Best Content of the Year

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This week marks the 1-year anniversary of this blog, There Are No Rules. I am still finding the right combination of content and perspective that will help you, so on this anniversary, I offer this invitation:

  • What questions, topics, and subjects do you want me to cover in the year ahead?
  • What do you need the most help with?
  • What has been most helpful to you in the past year, to help you advance your writing career (from anywhere!)?
  • What would you like more of?
  • What could you do without?
  • What information do you usually remember most from this blog? Why do you read it?

Everyone who comments on this post (and includes their e-mail address), will receive, in PDF form, my presentations and handouts from my talks on how to succeed as a writer in a transformational time in publishing.

The best commenter (as judged by me!) will have a choice of a 15-minute phone consultation, a query letter critique, or a first-page critique.

Now, to celebrate my best content from the past year, in case you missed it!

2 Most Popular Posts of All Time

8 Articles/Posts All Writers Should Have Read in 2008
FYI, if you're a blogger, you should know by now that list posts almost always perform better than all others.

On Being One of 100,000+ People Stranded in Thailand
Of course a tale of my misadventure would do well! As the Brazen Careerist has said, it's the personal element that often brings your readers back for more. (True?)

Series Posts

Save Time Tips (using Google tools and other tech solutions). After the first tip that's linked here, look for two more tips immediately after.

How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Writing Career (1-7)
Here's #7, with a link to the others at the bottom of the post.

10 Years in Publishing: What I've Learned (1-5)
Here's #5. Click on nearest preceding days for 1-4.

Biggest Traffic Generator in One Day

My Big Rant on Self-Publishing

Best Practical Answers/Solutions for Writers

5 Questions to Ask Yourself After Hearing: We Can't Sell Enough to Justify Publishing It

Useful Google Tools You've Never Heard Of

The Essential Components of an (Unpublished) Author's Website

Best Big-Picture Views for Writers

Do Writers' Futures Lie in Indie E-Publishing Platforms?

How Writers Can Start Blogging in a Meaningful Way

Fiction Writers Need Platforms, Too

The 3 Types of Writer—Which Are You?

Posts With Hidden Content You Might've Missed

WD Editors' Intensive Cheat Sheet (great links to how-to-get-published, plus how to get connected)

Recap: Harriette Austin Writers Conference (red flags in first 15 pages, PDF download of my workshop on honing a great nonfiction book concept)

Get a List of All the Sites I Follow

Best Fun

How Many Editors to Screw in a Lightbulb?

Time to Get a Tattoo?

Want to guest blog here? I'd like to extend an invitation to writers (whether you blog or not): If you have tips, advice, success stories, or not-so-successful stories to share, let me know privately via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter. (You can also reach me through this portal.) I'm starting a guest series on Fridays and would love to feature all kinds of perspectives.

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WD Presents: Seven New Courses, Writing Prompts, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce seven new courses, our Editorial Calendar, and more!

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Crystal Wilkinson: On The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing

Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson discusses how each project has its own process and the difference between writing fiction and her new memoir, Perfect Black.

From Script

Approaching Comedy from a Personal Perspective and Tapping into Your Unique Writer’s Voice (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, interviews with masters of comedy, screenwriter Tim Long ('The Simpsons') and writer-director Dan Mazer (Borat Subsequent Movie) about their collaboration on their film 'The Exchange', and filmmaker Trent O’Donnell on his new film 'Ride the Eagle' co-written with actor Jake Johnson ('New Girl'). Plus, tips on how to tap into your unique voice and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Accepting Feedback on Your Writing

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not accepting feedback on your writing.

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Proest Dalgron: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn proest dalgron, a Welsh quatrain form.

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a palindrome is when it comes to writing, including several examples of palindromes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time to set a trap.

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

Children's author Christine Evans shares how repetition is good for growing readers and gives you the tools to write your story's perfect refrain.