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

Writing Suspenseful Fiction: Reveal Answers Slowly (Jane K. Cleland)
https://janefriedman.com/suspense-slow-reveal/

Best Use of Story Flashbacks (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/care-treatment-flashbacks/

Getting Your Novel to the Finish Line (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/getting-your-novel-to-finish-line-part.html

9 Ways to Rock Your Query Letter (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/143475957432/9-ways-to-rock-your-query-letter

Give your manuscript a running start (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/give-your-manuscript-a-running-start.html

5 Ways to Smash Through and Finally Start Writing (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/5-ways-smash-finally-start-writing/

What I’d Like To Say To Young Writers, Part Two (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/04/26/what-id-like-to-say-to-young-writers-part-two/

How to Weave a Message Without Pummeling Your Readers (James Scott Bell)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/26/how-to-weave-a-message-without-pummeling-your-readers/

An Ambivert Walks Into A Writing Conference... (Carla Lopez Lee)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/04/an-ambivert-walks-into-writing.html

Life isn’t Fair—A Classic Problem (Kathryn Craft)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/life-isnt-fair-a-classic-problem/

The Five Modes of A Writer’s Life (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/the-five-modes-of-a-writers-life.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 weekabout writing from the last week:

Small Press Storm Warnings (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/04/small-press-storm-warnings-pegasus_22.html

Five Comparisons NOT to Make for Your Book (Chuck Sambuchino)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/five-comparisons-not-to-make-for-your-book/

Creating Promotional Copy That Works (Marcy Kennedy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/creating-promotional-copy-that-works.html

Know Your Rights (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/04/20/business-musings-know-your-rights-contractsdealbreakers/

What Makes a Great Villain? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/makes-great-villain-checklist-writing-good-bad-guy/

It's a High Stakes Game (Michael McDonagh)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/04/its-high-stakes-game.html

Are You Being Taken Advantage of as a Writer? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/are-you-being-taken-advantage-of-as.html

The Little Dialogue Ditty That Always Makes You Look Bad (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/the-little-dialogue-ditty-that-always-makes-you-look-bad.html

Why an Agent’s List is Never Full (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/why-an-agents-list-is-never-full/

Writing Lessons From The Masters (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/writing-lessons-from-the-masters.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 weekabout writing from the last week:

Safety Tips for Writers (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/26880/

16 of Our Favorite Kindle-Publishing Resources for First-Time Authors (Marisol Dahl)
www.thewritelife.com/favorite-kindle-publishing-resources/

What “Let It Go” Really Means (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/14/what-let-it-go-really-means/

Necessary Adjustments with A Forward View (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/necessary-adjustments-with-a-forward-view/

How your personality type wreaks havoc with your writing (Kelly Simmons)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/how-your-personality-type-wreaks-havoc-with-your-writing-and-10-things-you-can-do-about-it/

Coloring Inside the Lines (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/coloring-inside-the-lines/

Answering Questions about Queries (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/answering-questions-queries/

But What’s the Story? (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/agent-monday-but-whats-the-story/

You Can Fool Some of the People . . . (Tracy Barrett)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/04/you-can-fool-some-of-people.html


Submissions & Queries (L. Diane Wolfe)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4203/4203/

The Urge to Avoid Risk (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/urge-avoid-risk/

All You Need To Know About Character Transformation (James Scott Bell) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/all-you-need-to-know-about-character-transformation.html

Writing an Email Query That Actually Gets Read, All the Way Through. (Jeanne Kisacky)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/09/basic-tips-for-writing-an-email-query-that-actually-gets-read-all-the-way-through/



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 weekabout writing from the last week:


2016 Publishing Trends (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/2016-publishing-trends.html

Contract Basics (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/04/06/business-musings-contract-basics/

What a Haiku is (Kelly R. Fineman)
http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/875143.html

When It’s Time to Stop Querying Your Manuscript (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/142344213586/when-its-time-to-stop-querying-your-manuscript

Relevant (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/06/relevant/

Simultaneous Submissions (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/simultaneous-submissions/

This Simple Story Structure Changed My Life (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/simple-story-structure-changed-life/

Basic Errors (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/04/04/basic-errors/

5 Reasons You Need a Writing Mentor — And How to Find One (Leigh Shulman)
www.thewritelife.com/5-reasons-you-need-a-writing-mentor/

Good Writers are Consummate Liars (Gregory Frost)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/agent-monday-writers-should-learn-from-liars/

Part 2: 10 Myths That Sabotage Unsuspecting Novelists (Larry Brooks) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/part-2-10-myths-that-sabotage-unsuspecting-novelists.html

Finish Your Doggone Story! (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/finish-your-doggone-story.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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Where is Jon - compressed


I'm looking forward to this weekend's Write Stuff Conference. It'll be my seventh time there (and second as a presenter).
In addition to Friday night's Page Cuts session, I'm giving three talks on Saturday: The 3 Cs of Conflict; Writing for YA/Tweens, and a dialogue presentation, Say it again, Sam (using dialogue to maximum effect).

I'm also attending NJ SCBWI's summer conference.


2016, April 8th - 9th  
Write_Stuff_2016_logo_with dates below whiteThe Write Stuff Conference, Best Western, 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017

2016, June 4th - 5th
NJ SCBWI Summer Conference
(attending)
Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express, 900 Scudders Mill Rd, Plainsboro Township, New Jersey 08536



How about you?

What have you got lined up in the coming weeks and months?


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

The Myth of the Average Reader (Cathy Yardley)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/01/the-myth-of-the-average-reader/

The Four Classic Conflict Types (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/07/enemy-mine.html

Business Musings: Introductory Remarks (Dealbreakers/Contracts) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/03/30/business-musings-introductory-remarks-dealbreakerscontracts/

What Are Your Characters Not Saying? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/03/what-are-your-characters-not-saying.html

Do You Have the Right Critique Partners? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/critique-partners/

The Deadly Description Mistake You Must Avoid (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/deadly-description-mistake-must-avoid/

5 Tips to Sustain You in the Query Trenches (Kathryn Craft)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/03/5-tips-to-sustain-those-in-the-query-trenches/

The Publisher’s Going to Change the Title Anyway (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-publishers-going-to-change-the-title-anyway/

Dealing With Self-Doubt: Tips from 7 Popular Authors (Michael David Wilson)
https://litreactor.com/columns/dealing-with-self-doubt-tips-from-7-popular-authors

An Author’s Giveaways: of Time and Books (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4145/an-authors-giveaways-of-time-and-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 weekabout writing from the last week:

The Pros and Cons of Using a Facebook Profile But Not an Official Page (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/facebook-profile-use/

The Matter of Talent (Barbara O’Neal)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/23/the-matter-of-talent/

Do You Know Your Reader? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/know-reader-youd-better-want-book-really-make-impact/

The Elasticity of Language (Patty Blount)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-elasticity-of-language-by-patty.html

Why Attend a Writer’s Conference? (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/why-attend-a-writers-conference/

Starting your Pitch (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/agent-monday-starting-your-pitch/

Ten Myths That Sabotage Unsuspecting Novelists (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/03/ten-myths-that-sabotage-unsuspecting-novelists.html

Five (Dirty Little) Truths about Proofreading (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/5-dirty-little-truths-about-proofreading


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 weekabout writing from the last week:

How Do We Maintain Believability in Our Writing? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/07/nope-not-buying-it-how-do-we-maintain.html

Deepen a Reader’s Emotional Connection to Your Story (Angela Ackerman)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/03/deepening-a-readers-emotional-connection-through-shared-experiences/

The Dreaded Synopsis (Mary Keeley) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-dreaded-synopsis/

Action vs. Suspense (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/03/action-vs-suspense.html

The Author’s Voice (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/authors-voice/

How to Survive the Marathon of the Middle and Finally Finish Your Novel (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/survive-marathon-middle-finally-finish-novel/

Other People’s Heads (Dave King)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/15/other-peoples-heads/

Socializing at Conferences – How to Come Out of the Box (Piper Bayard)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/03/25512/

4 Lessons for Authors on the Current State of Publishing (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/4-lessons-publishing/

The 5 Questions I Ask Every Writer When I’m Considering Offering Literary Representation (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/140327179587/the-5-questions-i-ask-every-writer-when-im



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 weekabout writing from the last week:

Pinning KidLit to the Mat (Margaret Dilloway)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/11/pinning-kidlit-to-the-mat/

The Worst Part of an Agent’s Job: Rejections (Rachel Kent) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-worst-part-of-my-job-rejections/

Getting Readers to the End and Making Them Glad They Came (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/07/its-over-getting-readers-to-ending-and.html

The Shocking Truth About Info Dumps (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/10/the-shocking-truth-about-info-dumps/

Surviving Submissions: Donning Your Chain Mail (Sarah Callender)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/09/donning-your-chain-mail/

Writing a Novel: 5 Lessons From One Author’s First Book Deal (Karan Bajaj)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-a-novel-5-lessons/

Ten Tips on How to Pitch Your Book to Review Bloggers and Not Get Ignored (Riki Cleveland)
https://litreactor.com/columns/ten-tips-on-how-to-pitch-your-book-to-review-bloggers-and-not-get-ignored

That All-Important First Line (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/that-all-important-first-line/

Query No-Nos (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/agent-monday-query-no-nos/

Literary Agents: 10 important things to know (Linda Epstein)
http://theblabbermouthblog.com/2016/03/07/literary-agents-10-important-things-to-know/
by way of Marie Lamba

The Trouble With Reactive Protagonists (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/03/the-trouble-with-reactive-protagonists.html

192 Publications That Actually Pay Freelance Writers (Marisol Dahl)
www.thewritelife.com/publications-that-pay/


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 weekabout writing from the last week:

How Much Should Writers Pay To Be Published? (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/03/02/how-much-should-writers-pay-to-be-published/

Rethinking the Mentor (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/02/rethinking-the-mentor/

Plot Elements Matter (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/03/plot-elements-matter.html

Secrets to Writing a Captivating Ending (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/secrets-writing-captivating-ending/

A Successful Writer’s Many Roles (Kerry Gans)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/a-successful-writers-many-roles-how-to-have-it-all/

Dig Deeper for Ideas (Marie Lamba) 
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/agent-monday-dig-deeper-for-ideas/

10 Tips on How To Find or Form the Critique Group of Your Dreams (Riki Cleveland)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-tips-on-how-to-find-or-form-the-critique-group-of-your-dreams

Being a Stickler for Rhythm and Rhyme (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/02/29/being-a-stickler-for-rhythm-and-rhyme/

Bestselling Feet And Other Thoughts (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/03/02/business-musings-bestselling-feet-and-other-thoughts/

Top 10 Reasons to Publish Through Amazon (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/03/top-10-reasons-to-publish-through-amazon.html

Why Pay Authors for School Visits Anyway? (Caroline Starr Rose)
www.carolinestarrrose.com/why-pay-authors-for-school-visits-anyway/
by way of Donna Galanti

Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes (Brent Underwood) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.observer.com/2016/02/behind-the-scam-what-does-it-takes-to-be-a-bestselling-author-3-and-5-minutes/


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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