There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

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3 Things Bloodline Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll be bringing...

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A Writer’s Guide to the Web

The May/June 2016 Writer’s Digest is your guide to making the most of the Web—and avoiding the worst of it. Most writers I know have a love/hate relationship with the Internet—and all that comes with it. Some days, we marvel at the capability to connect with writers and readers the world over, to publish without a middleman,...

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6 Tips for Successful Comedy Writing

This guest post is by Mark Shatz, author of Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition: The Best-Selling Guide to Writing Funny and Getting Paid for It. Mark A. Shatz is the author of KISSing Golf: The Keep It Simple (Stupid) Instructional Method, a humorous instructional book for beginning golfers. He is also an award-winning professor...

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4 Things House of Cards Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll be bringing...

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Are You Making These Setting Mistakes?

The following is a guest post by Writer’s Digest author Mary Buckham, author of A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings. She is also the author of the USA Today bestselling Invisible Recruits series, which has been touted for its unique voice, high action, and...

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7 Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

BY TYLER MOSS When it comes to weddings, writing your own vows has gone from fringe fad to full-fledged trend. And no wonder—as a means of sincere self-expression on the most momentous day of your life, traditional scripts just sell the occasion short by lacking detail, distinctive voice, and acting as a sedative to...

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How to Use Surprise to Build Suspense

This guest post is from Jane K. Cleland, author of Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot: How to Writing Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats, the award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, and four nonfiction books. Cleland chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards, granted...

Word: Twitter Hashtag #90sABook Is All That and a Bag of Chips

Last week, bookseller Barnes & Noble tapped into our collective nostalgia with its #90sABook hashtag on Twitter, asking readers to reinvent popular book titles by pairing them with relics of the 90s. The Twittersphere happily obliged—and the resulting delightful, clever melds will amuse any literary buff.                ...

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6 Things Fargo (Season 1) Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll be bringing...

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What’s Missing in the Modern Romance Heroine

The following is a guest post by romance author Kait Jagger. She is the author of two novels: Lord and Master and Master’s Servant. Jagger is currently working on the final installment of her Lord and Master trilogy, The Marchioness. You can follower her on Twitter at @KaitJagger. The alpha male is currently very...

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Freelance Writing Workshop: How to Find (Even More) Article Ideas

When it comes to freelancing, ideas are currency. This is especially true when first pitching a publication, or when you’re still in the early throes of developing that editor/writer relationship. As the managing editor of Writer’s Digest, far too often do query letters cross my desk in which the idea being pitched is excessively...

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Look! Mommy Can Write! A Look Back at Women in Writing

Before our office moved further north of the city, we used to get visits by the most delightful retiree, a former Writer’s Digest editor who would occasionally come by to dig a clip out of the archives, tell us she enjoyed a recent issue, or just say hi. Her name? Well, on the masthead,...

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How to Submit to Literary Journals

You’ve revised your story more times than you can count and you’re ready for quick and easy publication. But what you may not realize is the submissions process should be taken as seriously as the story. Find Your Journals If you’re new to submissions, you may be unsure of where to find the journals. Try...

#WriterWednesday: Top 10 Tweets of the Week

Whether you’re battling self-doubt (“What if I never have a story/article idea as good as the last one EVER AGAIN?”) trudging your way through a first draft (or 50th) or cultivating motivation to sit at the keyboard, you’re not the only one. In honor of #WriterWednesday, we’ve culled our favorite tweets of the week to...

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4 Things True Detective (Season 1) Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Specifically television. Every other Monday, I’ll be bringing...

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Freelance Writing Workshop: 5 Attributes of Highly Effective Freelancers

Writing is a religion unto itself, guided by passionate beliefs (have you ever witnessed a pantsers vs. plotters argument?) and sacred texts (The Elements of Style, On Writing). And like any organized religion, it can be broken down into subgroups. This is the first in a series of freelance writing-related posts from Writer’s Digest...

How a Fiction Anthology Is Made

I’m an avid reader of Writer Unboxed, which has been one of our 101 Best Websites for Writers for several years running now—and when I had the pleasure of moderating the WU panel at last year’s Writer’s Digest Conference, one of my personal highlights was the chance to chat at length afterward with regular...

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Land a Freelancing Gig with a Letter of Introduction

  “What’s one thing you wish you had included in your freelancing book but didn’t?” a student at The New School in New York City asked me not long ago. “Nothing,” I responded, naturally. “It’s all there.” But then I cut the sass and conceded: There was, in fact, one thing I left out...

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Pat Conroy Tribute: The Writer’s Digest Interview

Prolific author Pat Conroy passed away on March 4, 2016. We pay tribute to him by releasing an exclusive dual WD Interview from the May/June 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest, in which married novelists Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and other contemporary Southern classics) and Cassandra King (best known for...

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A Proper Sendoff for “Reject a Hit”

It’s always hard to say goodbye to a dear friend. Even when you know it’s time for them to go. I first had the idea for what became WD’s Reject a Hit column back in 2010. We’d been combing through the crumbly, leather-bound Writer’s Digest magazine archives, which date back to 1920, in preparation for a...

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Why Your Story is Getting Rejected: Language

As a former reader for a literary journal, I first learned to watch for language. I looked for creative, rhythmic prose that engaged the senses and provided a clear voice. But it took time to recognize and appreciate these qualities, and even longer to apply them in my own work. Now, as an editor,...

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The Best Tips on Writing for Kids and Teens

  What are the most common problems in picture book submissions? What are the most important differences between middle-grade and young adult stories? What makes for standout writing for young readers? Top literary agents who represent writing for kids and teens delve deeply into their best craft tips and industry insights to answer all of these questions...

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5 Things Better Call Saul Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing. They’ll also tell you to study fellow authors who write in your genre. And that’s solid advice. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums,...