Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/29/11)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the comments. Never miss a round-up: Subscribe to this site via RSS, e-mail, or however else you prefer. Best of the Best The vague test and your first line @Kid_Lit Should […]

Midwest Writers Workshop

The Basic Pitch Formula for Novelists

At the Midwest Writers Workshop, an agent panel gave some wonderful, straightforward advice about how to construct your pitch. You could use this formula as part of a query letter or in a live pitch. Brilliant! Option 1 I have a completed [word count][genre] titled [title] about [protagonist name + small description] who [conflict]. Option […]

Getting Over the Hump by Jeffrey Gifford

Expect Resistance With New Technology

This phenomenon comes up a lot when I talk about Twitter (or—really—any new media tool). People don’t use it. They haven’t tried to use it. And they decide not to use it often because it’s too much trouble. This reason, in and of itself, is fine. I understand when people have other priorities, especially when […]

Look for People Who Believe What You Believe

[Update: The discussion in the comments—on this site as well as my Google Plus profile, among others—has made me realize that my post title, “Look for People Who Believe What You Believe,” is misleading and unintentionally provocative. It isn’t meant to be a blanket statement about how to live life. Rather, it’s about how we […]

Build Diversity Into Your Online Presence

Back in 2008, a smart guy named Brian Solis created the Conversation Prism (above), and wrote a blog post titled State of Social Media 2008. 2008 is eons ago in new media terms—but the post is worth revisiting, especially for writers just now learning how to integrate online media into their everyday life. While not […]

Jane speaking at the 2011 Writer's Digest Conference

Jane’s Writing Advice Archive

I’ve been offering writing and publishing advice for a long time. So I thought it might be time to create a handy archive of what’s available online, especially for those who haven’t been following me since the very beginning. Click here to browse. If you know of something wonderful I’ve written that isn’t included here—or […]

There Are No Rules

The End of an Era: Goodbye to There Are No Rules

On the last day of April 2008, I launched my first professional blog, There Are No Rules. Every day since then, I’ve thought about what to tell writers that would be helpful, insightful, and a little bit provocative. While I will no longer be posting my perspective at No Rules (though the archives will remain […]

Pam Brown (1984 & 2010)

When Mom Was My Age (#40)

“When Mom Was My Age” is an interview series between daughters and mothers. New interviews appear every Monday. If you would like to participate, contact Jane. The following interview is with Pam Brown (age 61), reflecting on her life at age 34, interviewed by daughter Sarah Brown.   When you were my age (34), where did you […]

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Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/22/11)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday for the week’s best tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the comments. Looking for more online content I love and recommend? Subscribe to my e-newsletter. Best of the Best Author Blogging: You’re Doing it Wrong, but John Locke’s Figured it Out […]

Mary Carla Ligon (1987 & 2011)

When Mom Was My Age (#39)

“When Mom Was My Age” is an interview series between daughters and mothers. New interviews appear every Monday. If you would like to participate, contact Jane. The following interview is with Carla Ligon (age 56), reflecting on her life at age 32, interviewed by daughter Michaella Hammond. When you were 32, the year was 1987. Where did you […]

Reading Notebook #33: Marriage Is About Solitude

I have my friend Nath to thank for this, who sent me a book in the mail with no note, only passages highlighted. From Rilke On Love and Other Difficulties: I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. […]

Chico McCormac

When Mom Was My Age (#38)

“When Mom Was My Age” is an interview series between daughters and mothers. New interviews appear every Monday. If you would like to participate, contact Jane. The following interview is with Chiko McCormac (age 77), reflecting on her life at age 42, interviewed by daughter Susan Hamaker. From Susan I was hesitant to ask my mom, […]

Naomi Dawn Heinemann

When Mom Was My Age (#37)

“When Mom Was My Age” is an interview series between daughters and mothers. New interviews appear every Monday. If you would like to participate, contact Jane. The following interview is with Naomi Dawn Heinemann (age 76), reflecting on her life at age 53, interviewed by daughter Judy Croome. From Judy I live and write in […]