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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Creating voice in the query (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/creating-voice-in-the-query/

Making Clichés Work for You (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/10/you-spin-me-round-making-cliches-work.html

When in doubt, bury someone alive (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/when-in-doubt-bury-someone-alive.html

5 Ways to Develop Your Writer’s Voice (Jennifer Louden)
https://janefriedman.com/5-ways-develop-writers-voice/

10 Questions for Outlining a Scene smack-dab-in-the-middle (Marcia Thornton Jones)
http://blogspot.com/2016/06/marcias-10-questions-for-outlining.html

Saving the Sagging Middle (Clare Langly-Thorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/saving-the-sagging-middle.html

4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/story-concept-2/

First Line Winners and Losers (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/first-line-winners-losers/

So Your Self-Published Novel is Just Sitting There (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/so-your-self-published-novel-is-just-sitting-there.html

Is Your Query Letter Ready (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/is-my-query-letter-ready-for-submission/
by way of Laurie Wallmark



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.
 


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Discount Abuse (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/07/13/business-musings-discount-abuse-contractsdealbreakers/

Write Book One, Not Book Two (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/07/write-book-one-not-book-two.html

The Long and the Short of Stories (or advice on short fiction) (James R. Tuck)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/07/the-long-and-short-of-stories-or-advice.html

5 Tips to Finish Your First Draft (Amy E. Reichert)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/07/5-tips-to-finish-your-first-draft/

Four Major Stumbles by Newer Writers (Larry Brooks) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/four-major-stumbles-by-newer-writers.html

Writing Fiction for Middle-Grade Readers (Sophie Masson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/11/writing-fiction-for-middle-grade-readers/

Helpful Tools and Sites for Writers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4563/helpful-tools-sites-writers/

How to Write an Eating Scene (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/how-to-write-an-eating-scene.html

Query Letters Part 1: The Pitch (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/09/query-letters-part-1-the-pitch/

In An Interesting Twist, B&N to Sell Self-Published Books In Stores (Thad Mcllroy)
www.bookbusinessmag.com/post/interesting-twist-bn-sell-self-published-books/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

“Busting” Some Popular Copyright Myths (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/07/busting-some-popular-copyright-myths/

There’s No Wrong Way (Anna Elliott)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/07/theres-no-wrong-way/

Ideas to Improve Your Writer’s Group (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/ideas-to-improve-your-writers-group.html

Long-Term Thinking: Rights Reversions (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/07/06/business-musings-long-term-thinking-rights-reversions-contractsdealbreakers/

Getting Ahead of Yourself…and Your Reader (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/06/getting-ahead-of-yourselfand-your-reader/

5 Pieces of Writing Advice You Should Ignore (James Scott Bell)
https://janefriedman.com/writing-advice-to-ignore/

#thingspeoplesaytoYAauthors (Bill Cameron)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/07/thingspeoplesaytoyaauthors-bill-cameron.html

Overcoming False Starts on Your First Chapter (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/01/re-write-wednesday-false-starts.html

Don’t Overdo it! Examples of Overwriting (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-overdo-examples-overwriting/

How to Make Boring Story Parts Exciting (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/how-to-make-boring-story-parts-exciting/

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.



Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

10 Fun Writing Ideas to Help You Get Creative This Summer (Jessica Lawlor)
www.thewritelife.com/10-fun-writing-ideas-help-get-creative-summer/

The Very First Page (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/27240/

When You Don’t Want to Write (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/06/23/when-you-dont-want-to-write/

Vonnegut’s Rule #5 (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/vonneguts-rule-5.html

If We Wrote Men Like We Write Women (Jim Hines)
http://jimhines.livejournal.com/846150.html

When Less Is More on Social Media (Chris Syme)
https://janefriedman.com/less-is-more-social-media/

Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/should-you-self-publish-traditional/

Social Media Etiquette (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/social-media-etiquette.html

The Doctor Will See Your Novel Now (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/the-doctor-will-see-your-novel-now.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Are Your Protagonists Powerful or Pitiful? (Linda Lane)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/06/are-your-protagonists-powerful-or.html

Thugs, Lawyers, and Writers (Contracts/Dealbreakers)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/06/15/business-musings-thugs-lawyers-and-writers-contractsdealbreakers/

Against the Wind (Robert Gregory Browne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/against-the-wind.html

What Are You Really Saying? (The Use of Subtext) (James R. Tuck)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/06/what-are-you-really-saying-use-of.html

What’s Your Genre? A High-Level Overview for Writers (Brooke Warner)
https://janefriedman.com/genre/

5 Steps to Help You Self-Publish an Audiobook Edition of Your Story (Cloe Mayfair)
www.thewritelife.com/self-publish-audiobook/

Why Book PR Can Have The Most Impact BEFORE You Land An Agent (Sharon Bially)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/06/13/why-book-pr-can-have-the-most-impact-before-you-land-an-agent/

How to Finish Your Book in Three Drafts (Stuart Horwitz)
https://janefriedman.com/finish-book-three-drafts/

The Secret Key to Breaking Big (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/the-secret-key-to-breaking-big.html

Letter to a Discouraged Writer (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/letter-to-a-discouraged-writer.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

From Trad-Pub to Self-Pub–Tips and Observations (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4457/from-trad-pub-to-self-pub-observations/


An Author’s Unique Voice (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/authors-unique-voice/

An Important Notice on The Non-Compete Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) [Jon’s Pic of the Week]
www.kriswrites.com/2016/06/08/business-musings-an-important-notice-on-the-non-compete-clause-contractsdealbreakers/

The Truth About The Author Caste System (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-truth-about-author-caste-system.html

3 Ways to Be More Productive When You Sit Down to Write (Ashley Gainer)
www.thewritelife.com/3-ways-more-productive/

What Happens After The First Draft (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/what-happens-after-the-first-draft.html

What Exactly Makes A Damn Good Story? (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/06/07/what-exactly-makes-a-damn-good-story/

Querying: What to Leave Out (Rochelle Dean)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/06/querying-what-to-leave-out.html

Dropping Threads (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/06/06/dropping-threads/

In Defence of Clichés (Jo Ebehardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/06/04/in-defence-of-cliches/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

6 Ways to Make Time to Write (Ali Luke)
www.thewritelife.com/make-time-to-write-guide-for-parents/

I am not your Plot Device (Stephen Spohn) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/06/02/steven-spohn-i-am-not-your-plot-device/

A Writer’s Toolbox (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/a-writers-toolbox/

Hitting the Wall - in Writing, Running, and Life (Katie M. Stout)
By way of Jennifer R. Hubbard
http://one-page-reviews.blogspot.com/2016/06/hitting-wall-in-writing-running-and-life.html

Sneaky Money Grabs (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristie Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/06/01/business-musings-sneaky-money-grabs-contractsdealbreakers/

What Makes Fiction Literary: Scenes Versus Postcards (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/06/01/what-makes-fiction-literary-scenes-versus-postcards/

Finding Takeaway Value in Every Book You Write (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/finding-takeaway-value-every-book-write-author-arc-important-character-arc/

What Happens After You Sign the Contract? (Weina Dai Randel)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/05/what-happens-after-you-sign-the-contract/

The Truth About Prologues (Michael McDonagh)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-truth-about-prologues.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Invest in Yourself (Dan Blank)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/27/invest-in-yourself-2/

Behaving Badly in Publishing (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/26/behaving-badly-in-publishing/

Creating Promotional Material That Works: Swag (Marcy Kennedy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/creating-promotional-material-that.html

The Grant of Rights Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/05/25/business-musings-the-grant-of-rights-clause-contractsdealbreakers/

How to Promote Your Book With One Easy Photoshop Technique (Alicia Rades)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-promote-your-book-photoshop/

Keeping Your Characters Compelling Beyond the First Draft (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/keeping-your-characters-compelling.html

Seven Ways To Make Your Writing Interesting (Gwendolyn Huber)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/seven-ways-to-make-your-writing-interesting/

Is Your Story Stuck? 5 Questions You Need to Ask (Laurence MacNaughton)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/is-your-story-stuck-5-questions-you.html

Getting Beyond the First Draft (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/getting-beyond-first-draft.html

Story and the Power of Connection (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/story-and-the-power-of-connection.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Long-Term Thinking: The Non-Compete Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/05/18/business-musings-long-term-thinking-the-non-compete-clause-contractsdealbreakers/

Six Habits of Prolific Writers (and How to Make Them Yours) (Riki Cleveland)
https://litreactor.com/columns/six-habits-of-prolific-writers-and-how-to-make-them-yours

Pitching at a Conference (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/pitching-at-a-conference/

Crotch-Punching The Creative Yeti (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/05/17/crotch-punching-the-creative-yeti-exploding-more-writing-myths/

[Quiz: How to Get an Agent] How Did You Do? (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-did-you-do-2/

Building an Author Website on WordPress (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/using-wordpress-author-websites/

Focus on YA (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/agent-monday-focus-on-ya/

Starting an Email Newsletter (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/getting-started-email-list/

The Story Coach Who Came In From the Cold (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/the-story-coach-who-came-in-from-the-cold.html

It’s Time to Ditch Discoverability (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/its-time-to-ditch-discoverability.html

Don’t Hate the Query Letter: Master It (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/14/dont-hate-the-query-letter-master-it/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Royalty Clauses in Publishing Deals (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/05/royalty-clauses-in-publishing-deals-how-how-much-authors-get-paid/

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Writer (Margaret Dilloway)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/13/how-to-overcome-imposter-syndrome-as-a-writer/

How Important Is Talent to You as a Writer? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/important-talent-writer/

Don’t Accidentally Give Your Characters a Time Out (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/12/dont-accidentally-give-your-characters-a-time-out/

The Option Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/05/11/business-musings-long-term-thinking-the-option-clause-contractsdealbreakers/

How to Avoid Self-Publishing Regrets (Alicia Rades)
www.thewritelife.com/avoid-self-publishing-regrets/

Building Your Professional Author Website (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/wordpress-vs-squarespace/

Lean in to Your Fears (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/lean-in-to-your-fears/

Writing When It’s Not Like a Movie (Jo Eberhardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/07/writing-when-its-not-like-a-movie/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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