Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields

A Hidden Aspect of Creative Life That Underpins Great Work

The following is excerpted from Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields. Uncertainty and fear
The Memoir Project

Don’t Write a Memoir to Get Revenge

The following is excerpted from The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life by Marion Roach Smith. It
Has Rejection Turned You Into Someone You're Not?

Has Rejection Turned You Into Someone You’re Not?

"Don't allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not." —Paulo Coelho It doesn't happen often, but every
Storywonk Podcast

Listen to 20 Minutes of My Advice for Authors

I was recently interviewed on the StoryWonk podcast, with author Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens. It's a 20-minute discussion
Nobility of Time

How to Waste Your Time on Social Media

Last week, I discussed how you can waste your time trying to get published. You can also waste your time
Michael Hyatt interview

Hello to Visitors From Michael Hyatt’s Blog!

Today, Michael Hyatt is featuring a 12-minute interview with me on his blog. We talk about the following: How important
The Myth of the Lone Creative Genius

The Myth of the Lone Creative Genius

Today's post is an excerpt from the recently published Birth Your Book! by Dr. Liz Alexander. Find out more about Liz
2012 Writer's Market

To Learn About Your Readers, You Need a Site

In the newest edition of Writer's Market (and Writer's Market Deluxe), there's a featured interview with me, where I discuss the
Alan Watts

I Am Always Sincere, But Never Serious

I am always sincere, but never serious. —Alan Watts When I started my first professional blog, I struggled to give
Writer's Digest (July/August 2011)

Are You Wasting Your Time Trying to Get Published?

Don't you wish someone could tell you if you're wasting your time trying to be a writer? Or if you're
Inis Meáin

Grantwriting 101 for Writers

It doesn't occur to most writers that there is "free" money—from government and nonprofit foundations—that is available to support creative
Storify Willamette

3 Invaluable Takeaways for Writers: Willamette 2011

I speak at many writing events each year, and I always love to pass on the most useful advice I
Kindle

5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing

The e-book publishing landscape is changing fast—with new services, new terms, and new formats. Despite the pace of change, here
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
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
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
Reading Notebook #31: A Writer's Appetite for Fame

Reading Notebook #31: A Writer’s Appetite for Fame

From "Writing and Winning" by Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker (October 18, 2010). Click here to read the full piece.
Reading Notebook #30: Existential Reasons for Procrastination

Reading Notebook #30: Existential Reasons for Procrastination

From "Later" by James Surowiecki, The New Yorker (October 11, 2010). Click here to read the full article online. But
Reading Notebook #29: When the Author Became More Important Than the Publisher

Reading Notebook #29: When the Author Became More Important Than the Publisher

From "Talent Grab" by Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker (October 11, 2010) … a parallel revolution was taking place in
Reading Notebook #18: There's More Bad Writing Than Ever

Reading Notebook #18: There’s More Bad Writing Than Ever

From an interview with Clay Shirky over at the Barnes and Noble Review: I’ve always adopted the Bill Burroughs mantra,
Here Comes Everybody

Reading Notebook #17: Technology Brings Author Empowerment—Yet A New Struggle to Surpass Average

As I was reading Chapter 4 of Here Comes Everybody, I was struck at how Shirky's description of the power
Kindle vs iPad

Reading Notebook #14: Best Coverage of Publishing’s Current Dilemma

Snippets from "Publish or Perish" by Ken Auletta (New Yorker, April 26, 2010). You MUST go read the full article.
Cathaoir Synge

The Dirty Secret Behind Writing Advice

I'll start by saying that I have always advised writers in good faith. I would never suggest a writer undertake