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

What’s “High Concept” & How Can I Create It? — (Jeff Lyons)
www.jamigold.com/2017/03/whats-high-concept-how-can-i-create-it-guest-jeff-lyons/

by way of Laurie Wallmark

Failure is a Four Letter Word (in Writing) (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/06/22/failure-is-a-four-letter-word-in-writing/

An Agent’s Advice: The Big Five No-Nos to Querying a Literary Agent (Kathryn Lilley)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/06/the-big-five-no-nos-to-querying-a-literary-agent.html

Brand Loyalty 1 (Branding/Discoverability) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2017/06/21/business-musings-brand-loyalty-1-brandingdiscoverability/

A Writer’s Guide to Permissions and Fair Use (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/permissions-and-fair-use/

How to Handle Conflicting Critiques (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/07/feedback-frenzy.html

Tell the Damn Story (John Gilstrap)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/06/tell-the-damn-story.html

The Real Source of Writer’s Block (And an Exercise to Beat It) (Rae Elliott)
https://thewritelife.com/real-source-of-writers-block/

Tips for Less-Expensive Self-Publishing (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/5919/cost-of-self-pub/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.



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

10 Ways to Make Your Submission Stand Out in the Slush Pile (Meg LaTorre-Snyder)

www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/10-ways-make-submission-stand-slush-pile

by way of Laurie Wallmark

Business Musings: A Small Post on Negotiation (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2017/06/14/business-musings-a-small-post-on-negotiation/

10 Handy Conversation Starters for Introverted Writers (Lisa Rowan)

https://thewritelife.com/conversation-starters-for-introverted-writers/

5 Ways to Write a Perfect First Draft (or Nearly) (K.M. Weiland)

www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/perfect-first-draft/

How to Immediately Improve Your Query Letter’s Effectiveness (Jane Friedman)

https://janefriedman.com/improve-your-query-letter/

The Real Problem With Passive Voice in Fiction (Janice Hardy)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/05/passive-aggression.html

Author Safety (Rachel Kent)

www.booksandsuch.com/blog/author-safety/

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.

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

How to personalize a query (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/06/how-to-personalize-query.html

The Perfect Cover Letter: Advice From a Lit Mag Editor (Elise Holland)
https://janefriedman.com/perfect-cover-letter-advice-lit-mag-editor/

Before You Outline: How to Discover Your Story’s Big Moments (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/outline-discover-storys-big-moments/

Business Musings: Brand Identity (Branding/Discoverability) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2017/05/31/business-musings-brand-identity-brandingdiscoverability/

When Is It Time to Let Your Old Work Go? (Laura Benedict)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/05/when-is-it-time-to-let-your-old-work-go.html

How to Write a Sizzling, Scintillating Synopsis (Suzanne Purvis)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/05/how-to-write-sizzling-scintillating.html

The Entitled Writer (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-entitled-writer/

Description: Letting Readers Fill in the Gaps (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/5840/description/

To Rant or Not to Rant (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/05/to-rant-or-not-to-rant.html

Don’t Breach Your Publishing Contract by Mistake! (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-breach-publishing-contract-mistake/




If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.



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

Don’t Breach Your Publishing Contract by Mistake! (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-breach-publishing-contract-mistake/

What “Write What You Know” Really Means (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/06/knowing-what-you-know.html

How To Build A Brand: The Early Stages (Branding/Discoverability) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2017/05/17/business-musings-how-to-build-a-brand-the-early-stages-brandingdiscoverability/

5 Ways to Survive Rejection as a Writer (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/05/5-ways-to-survive-rejection-as-writer.html

The Key to Creating a Successful Blog: Evergreen Content (Elise Dopson)
https://thewritelife.com/evergreen-content/

Hard Conversations with your Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hard-conversations-agent/

Three Quick and Easy Tips That Will Make Your Novel Better(Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/05/three-quick-and-easy-tips-that-will-make-your-novel-better.html

When Does Writing Get Easier? The 4 Steps to Mastery (K.M.Weiland) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/when-does-writing-get-easier/


Writing, Marketing, and Publishing Resources (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-marketing-and-publishing-resources/

Writing For and About Children: Find Your Childlike Wonder (Donna Galanti)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/05/writing-for-and-about-children-find-your-childlike-wonder/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.

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

This Crucial Skill Will Help You Get on Your Book Editor’s Good Side (Blake Atwood)
https://thewritelife.com/get-on-your-book-editors-good-side/

Thoughts for Writers from a 24 Hour Play Festival (Alison Potoma)
https://writersrumpus.com/2017/04/21/thoughts-for-writers-from-a-24-hour-play-festival/

How to determine your price point when self-publishing (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/04/how-to-determine-your-price-point-when.html

So You Wrote the BEST BOOK EVER! Sorry, There’s More to Do (Laura Benedict)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/04/so-you-wrote-the-best-book-ever-sorry-theres-more-to-do.html

Stuck on a Scene? Try This Trick (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/04/stuck-on-scene-try-this-trick.html

How to Write Better: 7 Straightforward Techniques to Try Today (Ali Luke)
https://thewritelife.com/how-to-write-better/

3 Ways to Test Your Story’s Emotional Stakes (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/make-sure-story-emotional-stakes/

What’s in a Publishing Contract? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishing-contract/

How to Write a Series of Novels Your Readers Will Love (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-a-series/

What Does It Mean to Move the Plot? (K.M. Weiland) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/mean-move-plot/

What an Editor at a Publishing House Looks For: 6 Myths & Truths (Parul MacDonald)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/04/16/what-an-editor-at-a-publishing-house-looks-for-6-myths-truths/

Giving Characters the Courage to Change (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/04/giving-characters-the-courage-to-change.html

The Social Contract for Writers (Bill Ferris)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/04/15/the-social-contract-for-writers/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.



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


Oops! Hold on. You’re Newbie is Showing. (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/04/oops-hold-on-youre-newbie-is-showing/

How to Work With a Beta Reader: 5 Tips for Success (Alicia Raddes) https://thewritelife.com/how-to-work-with-a-beta-reader/

Considering Common Themes in Middle-Grade Books (Joseph McGee)
http://project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogspot.com/2014/02/considering-common-themes-in-middle.html
by way of Laurie Wallmark

How the Wrong Tone Can Change Your Whole Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/04/how-wrong-tone-can-change-your-whole.html

The Importance of a Strong Opening Scene (Hallie Ephron)
https://janefriedman.com/opening-scene/

Why Did I Get a ‘No’? – The Do’s and Don’ts of Query Letter Writing (Mark Gottlieb)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/5672/queries/

How to Write Stories Your Readers Will Remember (K.M. Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/write-stories-readers-will-actually-remember/

Recovering from a Meeting Misstep (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/recovering-meeting-misstep/

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/write-stories-readers-will-actually-remember/ (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/04/stuck-on-your-plot-change-your-story.html

Is Your Fiction Big Enough? (James Scott Bell)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/04/04/is-your-fiction-big-enough/

The Single Best Way to Become a Mega-Author (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/04/the-single-best-way-to-become-a-mega-author/

When “What if?” Isn’t Enough (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/04/when-what-if-isnt-enough.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.



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

The key to a good query letter: Summarizing through specificity (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/03/the-key-to-good-query-letter.html

The Merit Of Pure Enjoyment (Natalie Whipple)
www.betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-merit-of-pure-enjoyment.html

Your Social Media Persona (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/social-media-persona/

How to Write Dialogue That Works (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/write-dialogue-works/

Do You Need to Be Lucky to Get Published? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/07/golden-oldie-luck-be-lady.html

How to Spot, and Avoid, “Pay to Play” Publishing Contracts (Susan Spann)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/03/27/how-to-spot-and-avoid-pay-to-play-publishing-contracts/

The 7 Stages of Being a Writer (How Many Have You Experienced?)
(K. M. Weiland) [Jon’s Pick of the week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/7-stages-writer-many-experienced/#

Patience over the Long, Long Haul (Tracy Hahn-Burkett)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/03/26/patience-over-the-long-long-haul/

How to Fill the Gaps in Your Plot (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/03/how-to-fill-the-gaps-in-your-plot.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.



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

Writing through the Soggy, Infuriating, Anxiety-Inducing Middle (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/03/23/writing-through-the-soggy-infuriating-anxiety-inducing-middle/

How to Produce an Emotional Response in Readers: Inner Mode, Outer Mode, and Other Mode (Donald Maass)
https://janefriedman.com/produce-emotional-response/

How to know if you have a good editor (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/03/how-to-know-if-you-have-good-editor.html

Showing vs. Telling: What You Need to Know (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/showing-vs-telling/

The Novel That Isn’t a Novel—Do You Really Have a Story? (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/03/the-novel-that-isnt-a-novel-do-you-really-have-a-story/

Directing Reader Attention (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2017/03/20/directing-reader-attention/

Who You Are and Who You Ain’t (James N. Frey)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/03/who-you-are-and-who-you-aint.html

How to Format a Book: 10 Tips Your Editor Wants You To Know (Blake Atwood)
https://thewritelife.com/how-to-format-a-book/

5 Things Nonfiction Authors Can Get Sued For (Brad Frazer)
https://janefriedman.com/5-things-nonfiction-authors-can-get-sued/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.



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

Secondary Characters: Their Purpose for Being (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/secondary-characters-purpose/

Faces of a Fatally Flawed Manuscript (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/03/faces-of-a-fatally-flawed-manuscript/

Want to Publish a Short Story? Pitch These 6 Publications (Becca Borwaski Jenkins)
https://thewritelife.com/publish-a-short-story/

How to Write a Great Opening Line for Your Novel or Nonfiction Book (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/great-opening-lines/

Night Terrors: Winning the Battle With Self-Doubt (P. J. Parrish)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/03/night-terrors-winning-the-battle-with-self-doubt.html

Starting a Novel With Aftermath (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2017/03/13/starting-novel-aftermath/

Pitch Perfect (Sophie Masson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/03/13/pitch-perfect/

5 Rules for How to Write a Sequel to Your Book (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-write-a-sequel/

The Opening as Part of the Closing … of the Deal (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/03/the-opening-as-part-of-the-closing-of-the-deal.html

10 Questions to Ask Before You Accept a Traditional Publishing Deal (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/03/10-questions-to-ask-before-you-accept-a-traditional-publishing-deal/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.


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

The Power of Unexpected Elements (Kathryn Craft)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/03/09/the-power-of-unexpected-elements/

What to Do (And Not Do) After Attending a Writer’s Conference (Irene Goodman)
www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/not-attending-writers-conference
by way of Laurie Wallmark

What’s the Story on Backstory? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/whats-story-backstory/

Taking Yourself Seriously as a Writer—Before Anyone Else Does (Emily Cavanagh)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/03/taking-yourself-seriously-as-a-writer-before-anyone-else-doe/

Hints from the Pros: Book Tour Tips (Greer Macallister)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/03/06/hints-from-the-pros-book-tour-tips/

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 57: Dead-End Relationships (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/common-writing-mistakes-pt-57-dead-end-relationships

Your Author Bio: Does it help your Book Sales or Stop Them Dead? (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/your-author-bio-does-it-help-your-book-sales-or-stop-them-dead/

This is What a Professional Writer Looks Like (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/03/this-is-what-a-professional-writer-looks-like.html

The Bermuda Triangle of Storytelling (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/the-bermuda-triangle-storytelling

How to Refine Your Raw Writing Talent (Jenny Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/refine-raw-writing-talent/

Impossible Odds for Everyone (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/03/01/impossible-odds-for-everyone/

The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues—What Doesn't Work and What Does (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/02/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-prologues-what-doesnt-work-and-what-does/

The Lazy Author’s 6-Question Guide to Writing an Original Book (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/writing-an-original-book/

Getting to Yes...Yes...YES! (Natalie Lakosil)
www.adventuresinagentland.com/2017/02/getting-to-yesyesyes.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.

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